Xbox One release delay explained - there are no manufacturing problems, insists Microsoft

OXM UK: "Microsoft's head of product development, Albert Penello, has said that the console's delay in some European territories is due to the complexities of localising its new voice-control features, and pointed to its use of near-final retail kits at Gamescom as proof that there are no supply problems."

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Septic2270d ago (Edited 2270d ago )

"This is the part of the internet that's frustrating, because everybody wants to assume there's a [units volume] issue. And yet I'm showing real hardware here at Gamescom - a real, final, retail kit. Which I have yet to see my friends show me.

Yeah I think its wishful thinking on the part of some and unwarranted panic on the part of others.

But this has me really excited:

""I think people are using the way [voice] works on Xbox 360, which was an accessory we built five years after release, as how it's going to work here," he told us. "But it's so much more elegant and so much more integrated"

Here's hoping its true. I don't want this:

iamnsuperman2270d ago (Edited 2270d ago )

"This is the part of the internet that's frustrating, because everybody wants to assume there's a [units volume] issue. And yet I'm showing real hardware here at Gamescom - a real, final, retail kit. Which I have yet to see my friends show me."

It is probably wishful thinking but has the One passed the FCC yet? Also there is the issue of is this really a good excuse. They said themselves someone in Switzerland (who speak German and French) don't have a release till next year. Yet it is releasing in Germany and France. I think it is a tactful way of saying we want to bolster the biggest contested regions

IcicleTrepan2270d ago

Switzerland has four official languages. Perhaps it is a legal requirement that they support all four languages. I don't really know, but here are the languages:


vigilante_man2270d ago

Switzerland is a different case. They also speak Swiss-German which is very similar but there are differences. And Swiss-French and Swiss-Italian.

So you gotta add them too..

But lets be clear here. This is the company with billions of dollars and many versions of Windows with localisation all over the world. If Sony was having this problem then okay - but for Microsoft to have this problem is bad on their part.

This only confirms in my mind that they were looking to a 2014 release until Sony tipped the balance.

gamertk4212270d ago

This isn't just a matter of dashboard localization, though. The Kinect has to be very fine-tuned to work correctly, so I can see how a delay can easily be needed.

iamnsuperman2270d ago (Edited 2270d ago )

"This only confirms in my mind that they were looking to a 2014 release until Sony tipped the balance"

Probably right. They probably saw the releases the PS3 was having this year and thought Sony would be mad to go for a 2013 release for the PS4.

trafalger2270d ago (Edited 2270d ago )

as a consumer from the outside all we see is m$ is releasing in x amount of countries and sony is releasing in y (or should it be s?) countries. from a consumers point of view they wonder why one is having to explain themselves.

so even if it were manufacturing issues m$ is likely not to confirm it. they could indeed have working systems but they may not be producing them as fast as sony.

at the end of the day ask yourself if it matters to you. are you wanting to buy an xbone on release day and are upset there isn't enough stock. or is this just another witch-hunt here on n4g where you really don't care but want to to make m$ look a incompetent as much as possible?

Anon19742270d ago

So either there's manufacturing problems or Microsoft is displaying early incompetence. So which is it?

Seriously. When they released their list of launch countries, they knew full well the units would have to be localized, and they released their list of launch countries anyway. Then, suddenly, it's "OH OH!" and the console is delayed months to give them time to localize - a task they knew full well they had to do prior to launch.

I don't know many bosses that would take the news "Hey, about that launch and the localization we've been working on...we're going to need an extra 4-5 months. Ooops?" very well. Clearly, someone needs to be fired.

Gozer2270d ago

It must be a conspiracy since its MS ammiiright? No way it could be what they say it is. /s

malokevi2270d ago

"If Sony was having this problem then okay - but for Microsoft to have this problem is bad on their part."

There's that blatant double standard.

Why can't we just take them at their word and stop arguing about theories and hypotheticals? It's ridiculous.

SilentNegotiator2270d ago

Wishful thinking? They're a multi-billion dollar company. They had ALREADY announced a bunch of countries SEVERAL months ago, before delaying a bunch of them.

They had a LONG time, to do something as simple for a corporation of that size, to localize voice controls for just 8 countries.

The excuse looks a lot sillier when you consider that Kinect 1.0 already laid the voice control ground work years ago.

thechosenone2270d ago (Edited 2270d ago )

When a company announces that it's going to ship to 21 countries and then turns around and lowers that number down to 13 there IS something wrong because companies don't do that kind of thing just for the f**k of it.

So MS with its billions and billions of monies can only manage 13 regions while Sony who's about to go out of business next week can manage 32? Sure...OK.. whatever. lol

Anon19742270d ago

And so now they've turned around and announced they're lowing their ship forecast by 800k due to problems with manufacturing.

Did no one tell this guy?


mewhy322270d ago

Manufacturing isn't a problem for them. I mean they're getting outsold 4-1 by Sony so they should be able to keep up with the pitiful demand easily.

dmeador2270d ago

Strange numbers considering there hasn't been a single XB1 or PS4 sold anywhere in the world

Cueil2270d ago

if you squint you'll find that they are all non union countries... take that for what it's worth

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StoutBEER2270d ago

Uhh... if my Xbox calls me Batman... THEN THAT IS NEXT GEN!!!! XD

Cueil2270d ago

Microsoft would make a effing forture if they sold those kind of things... like bootup theme sounds and welcome sounds... walk into the room... welcome agent 13... were would you like to go today?

andibandit2270d ago

I can just imagine xbox welcoming me in the Kitt voice, preferably with red lights flashing sequentially across the screen.

iamnsuperman2270d ago

So this is the same thing that was explained when the said the release regions were being limited

"But at the same time we said, this is a region-free console," he added. "In regions like Switzerland where people speak German and French, they can get a German or French console. It'll work fine."

I said this before on the last post about this. That is true but shipping costs are still ridiculous. For somewhere like Switzerland it is fine but once you start going to Scandinavian or eastern Europe the costs escalates rapidly. I remember ordering something, off Amazon, from Germany (iPhone battery pack) to the UK. It was twice as much as the actual product

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christian hour2270d ago

They had the same problem with Kinect when it first came out. Here in Ireland we couldnt use voice commands for its first year or two, but if you changed locale to UK it would let you use it, and it would recognise your voice...

If Kinect is no longer a requirement for Xbone to function and if this wasn't a problem before, I can't understand why it's suddenly an issue for them.

Personally though I have a hard time believing anything microsoft come out with these days considering they said they couldnt just turn off DRM, but they did, that Kinect was required, and now its not. Etc etc etc.

Cueil2270d ago

to be fair if news came from Romania that the Kinect didn't work you'd by on here slamming the console

Foxgod2270d ago

The free Fifa makes up for it, a few months wont hurt.
Will be playing GTA V, WWE 14 and other multi's till then.

SuperLupe2270d ago

Dude which country do you live in ? I live in France so no delay for me.

Foxgod2270d ago

I hail from the kingdom that kicked Napoleons ass, as well as the kingdom of Napoleon liquorish:


The Netherlands :)

Thehyph2270d ago

Maybe if you burned up the white house and capitol building, you'd get day one release instead.

I guess Napoleon wasn't good enough.

Of course, I kid.

n4rc2270d ago


Hahaha.. So true bud..

T22270d ago

Canada probably require French too even tho none of us understand a lick of it ... No offence to my Quebecois brothers ... I guess since we burned the white house we got day one !!! Plus our slingshots can reach redmond....

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Foxgod2270d ago

Dont ask me why we name our candy after warlords, i have no idea :P

Lucreto2270d ago

If you are from the Netherlands then you won't get Fifa 14.

It is only for Tier 1 countries. You will get 2 other games instead.

Cueil2270d ago

Oh shucks... I feel for those people... they get two games instead of one :p

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kwiksilver992270d ago

so kinect2.0 is indirectly the cause for the delay?

Salooh2270d ago

Kinect and all these 180's have an effect . They wasn't planning to release as many as sony even before the 180's because of the restrictions which need to be implemented for all countries. So why people surprised that they won't release the console until next year ?.

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