Xbox One Scales Back Launch To 13 Markets Instead Of 21

By Spencer . August 14, 2013 . 3:38pm

image Microsoft announced the Xbox One will be available in 13 markets this November. You will be able to purchase an Xbox One in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States this year.


Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland will get the console in 2014. No details about the Xbox One launch in Japan or any other region in Asia have been announced either. The lack of a release date in Japan is one of the reasons why Tecmo Koei and other third party Japanese developers haven’t scheduled titles for the system.


Microsoft also announced that season passes for downloadable content will work with Xbox 360 and Xbox One. While you won’t have to pay for a DLC subscription twice, you will need two copies of the same game. And another 180 is Xbox One won’t require Kinect to function. Voice commands and player identification will be disabled, but you can play games on the Xbox One without Kinect if you prefer.

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  • Aara_Malik_Davoodi

    I think the title has a typo, or I’m retarded. Either or

    • The numbers are switched! Microsoft is scaling back from 21 to 13.

  • TheRealMalek

    Wow i think where i live (north of france) xbox one black market will explode, we are near belgium and netherlands…

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Half the online functions wont work though.

  • Pockystix

    can’t tell if this is a 180, or full on retreat. . .

    • Is it OK if I point to the latter?

    • Ronldbx6

      Xbox 1-too many-80’s

  • AlteisenX

    Funny how this happened…. and how I’m still not interested in an Xbox One. Never been a fan of the Xbox. Only reason I own my 360 4GB model is for Tales of Vesperia lol.

    • Vash bane

      halo here XD

      • NewestType

        Thats actually going to be the reason most people buy… the ONE.

        • Juan Andrés Valencia

          I’m interested on Fantasia: Music Evolved, Halo 5, COD: Ghosts, D4 and Killer Instinct but other than that.. meh.

          • NewestType

            I’m sure if you give it time, the list of titles will only grow and you will love what the system has to offer. Although I am not a fan of the X Box, I dont whant to play a generation of gaming where there is no competition.

    • Samuel

      I would buy an xbox one and PS4 of I had that kind of money, but whos trying to spend 1000$ this christmas. Getting a PS4 just for Infamous second son. Favorite game series of all time.

  • konsama

    I can see this costing at least $13,000 MXN very easily… all consoles so overpriced around here.

    • Dago

      8,290 MXN MSRP here
      I got my PS4 Preorder 5,934.20 MXN

  • SirRichard

    I think this is about as damning as it gets: Microsoft weren’t ready to launch this year. The poor, ill-planned presentations, the confused and scatterbrained answers given in their wake, the 180 and now this, it all points to them being caught with their pants down and rushing desperately so as not to lose their market over Christmas.

    • PoweredByHentai

      It also lends credence to CBOAT’s report that Microsoft was having chip yield issues with the ESRAM.

      • SirRichard

        The reports from Gamestop managers that PS4 stock outnumbers Xbox One stock by a considerable amount also further backs that up, unless Microsoft really do not have that much confidence in it.

        • PoweredByHentai

          I believe it was initially 20 Xbox One units per store (then raised to 40 units per store) as opposed to UNLIMITED PS4 units per store. And that still averaged out to about 60 to 80 PS4 pre-orders per store.

        • NewestType

          Never trust gamestop… Even tho they may be right.

  • It’s a little telling that they need to scale back (especially given the point that a lot of major markets were still not gonna be released in), but I am happy they finally admitted that the Kinect 2 does not need to be plugged into the console at all. I think if they ever decide to release an SKU that does not have the Kinect 2, I’ll be a little more willing to give it a look.

  • Guest

    No Japanese release=less JRPGS= I might finally switch to the PS4 sadly.

    • I don’t see what’s ‘sad’ about it.

    • ZEROthefirst

      Considering how very litte support the 360 has in Japan, and the Xbone will probably be supported even less I don’t see why you even considered it in the first place. It’s like saying you’re sticking with MS for the Tales series, and you only get 1 game and the PS3/Vita gets the rest.

    • fireguardiancoty

      You should’ve switched to PS3. It’s not too late though…there’s still plenty of good games coming out for it.

      • Skode

        Indeed i ended up buying the PS3 a good four years after its release and the first thing i did was seek out the likes of Valkryie Chronicles and Disgaea 3… they were dirt cheap but offered me more hours of gameplay than i had on anything outside of Oblivion on the 360 had for years for me.

        Dont play much on the console outside of JRPGs but it is indeed THE console for JRPGS, the next generation will not change this in fact it will reinforce it somewhat.

  • Arcana Wiz

    so Brazil continues on the list, isn’t so impressive cause the Xbox support here is impressive, and cause of the money convertion, the Xbox 360 was much more cheaper than ps3 at launch, thus xbox outsell ps3 here.

    • alangato

      A big factor of Xbox 360 success in Brazil was because of the price of the games… I mean, piracy with Xbox 360 games was a BIG reason a lot of the people bought that console. Games here are really expensive =/

      Some people I know regret this choice and recently a lot of those sold their Xbox to buy a PS3.

  • DrakeClawfang

    Way to go Microsoft, forfeit your claim to the entire Asian market. What, were you making so many efforts to try and polish this little turd you call a console that felt the need to grime it up a little more?

    • Guest

      “Act so as to elicit the best in others and thereby in thyself.”

      • xXDGFXx

        “Trying to be clever, not very good”

    • kaimo

      It’s not like they had any kind of hold there to begin with.

    • Neppygear

      Oh, like they were big in Asia to begin with. They practically have to give the 360 away in Japan.

      • AndyLC

        Actually the 360 is quite popular in China… because the PS3 is really damn hard to pirate hahah

  • The xbox one still has that silly IP restriction?

    I heard that if you import the console from a country like USA to countries where the xbox one is not available (like Chile or Venezuela), the console will not play games since you’ll need to download an update to make the console work, and that the servers can detect the country where you live thanks to your IP code.

    If that is truth what a stupid way to lose customers.

  • MasterScrub

    Oh yeah, having the PS4 being the sole next gen console (well, besides the Wii U) in some markets is totally going to help with sales, Microsoft. You guys are GENIUSES.

  • NintendoPSX

    Soooo…What was that about the Wii U having a bad launch?

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      The launch was fine… besides the commercials…

      Not having games ready is what happened after

      • Isaac Newton

        LOL those commercials

      • NewestType

        And… still happening unfortunately :(

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          Nintendos got a packed schedule for the rest of the year 1st&3rd party. I dont think you’ve got a 1000$ to drop on WiiU games alone so… Keep Calm and get that Belmont Alloy Sprung.

          • NewestType

            I think my history with Ami has shown if I have $1000 to waste on gaming related items I will irresponsibly do so. I do appreciate that Nintendo is picking up some slack. I often emphasize this point strongly in defense of the system. This doesn’t change the fact that they only have a handful of unique titles on the system. Other than bragging rights(which are meaningless to me), I have no gaming reason to validate buying my system at launch. But! WiiU is backwards compatible. I believe the BC feature is what has kept me on the system. I’m not going to sell it or anything, I just find most times I turn the system on is to initiate a system update, chat with friends from L..A. or play Wii games(which is actually great for me since I never owned the original wii. But, I could have just spent $99 on the wii).

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Having a handful of unique titles on the system seems to be a ubiquitous issue with next gen.

            Buying it early probably wasnt a good idea if you werent used to console launches. Still we didnt have a stream of games so the WiiU lost momentum.

          • NewestType

            So true.
            The development cycle is quite frightening these days. Unfortunately, in my case, I pre-ordered my Wii U through walmart and was told it was in a bundle with Pikmin 3(yes, quite laughable now) and the controller.

            The potential for the Wii U has already shown itself multiple times. I plan to buy Wonderful 101 and play with my buddy via 2 player mode. Unfortunately he is a bit older than me and has stressed his concern with me buying the system saying it is just taking up space.

            In my perfect scenario, Nintendo develops respected IP titles to push sales of the console. The surge of console sales intrigues developers to make games on the system. Pretty much the same hope I had for the Vita before the PS4 @ E3 event in which Sony just put faith in consumers buying the Vita as a companion for the PS4. I have to give it to them, if the cloud ability works well enough to stream ALL ps3 games to the vita, I might consider buying a second Vita.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            That isnt smart. By the time its done I think it’ll only have half of the PsP’s quality

            The only vita worth having right now is a japanese vita since they arent import friendly

          • NewestType

            I was thinking in terms of mobile play. If I could play my ps3 while away from the system, I would be able to complete a whole bunch of games I have on the back burner. Since Sony is now mandating Vita compatibility with PS4, we may see things like playing certain mini-games on the Vita then transferring that data to the full game on the console. I’m hoping the possibilities are deeper than this example but it would be something that will give the Vita more meaning in the west.

  • Wake

    Despite the 180 quips about the X1’s direction, MS has been making the right moves these past few weeks, this however is a step back. They already made the X1 region free, why launch it in fewer places? That doesn’t make sense at all.

    • ZEROthefirst

      Just because it’s region free doesn’t mean it’s a good console. It needs good support and developers wanting to go after the console. The 360 in most countries outside of the U.S. is a poor performing console in sales and all. So this is MS’ way of saying we’re going to try and hold off on releasing here while we try to get some sort of support for the console this time around. I highly doubt that the Xbone will see much support outside of the U.S. and Europe, and in my opinion I think it’s almost going to be bad move to release it in some regions such as Japan (considering the 360’s 8 yr life span there only sold about 1.6 million consoles, and it’s not much better in other regions either… except the West because of FPS’ lol).

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Region Free=//=import friendly

      Account systems also differ so they operate differently as well

    • PoweredByHentai

      Probably chip yield issues.

      • Wake

        Ah, that makes sense. They’re scaling back and spinning it to preemptively cover their asses due to a possible shortage.

        • PoweredByHentai

          Possibly. CBOAT on neogaf was the first to break the rumor regarding MS having chip yield problems with the ESRAM. The guy has been correct on pretty much everything that Microsoft later revealed or acknowledged prior to E3 before the whole backpedaling.

      • Göran Isacson

        Mind if I ask what “chip yield issues” mean? I don’t think I’ve ever heard that term before, is it a problem to manufacture enough chips for the Xbox Ones hardware?

        • PoweredByHentai

          I’m currently at work so this is not going to be easy for me to explain through my smartphone.

          The simple answer is yes, chip yield refers to the manufacturing process of the computing chips and how many of it is usable from one batch.

          This link will be of interest to you:

          Intel typically has a yield of 95% per wafer which is obscene profit. A yield of 30 to 50% is break-even but varies from manufacturer and chip type. So MS might be at the break even area or lower.

  • Aristides

    MS has scaled back so much that the Xbone now just seems like a 360 with better graphics lol. It should win the prize for most generic console ever XP

    • Skode

      and the PS4 differs how in this department? To be honest ive not seen anything from either supposed next gen console that offers all that much new compared to what the 360 already gives me… besides better graphics

  • Schwer_Muta

    What a shitshow.

  • Shady Shariest

    Hmhm… Smurt decisions by Microsoft?
    What kinda crazy upside-down world is this?!

  • AndyLC

    Do we know how many regions PS4 is launching in?

  • Vadim Merzhey

    4 is still better than 1.

  • artemisthemp

    Guess this means more sales for Sony PS4 :)

  • Göran Isacson

    Sooo here in Scandinavia, it’s Xbox One Year Later… welp, guess we’ll see if PS4 does the same thing, and if it doesn’t, if Sony will get a leg up on sales and people won’t want to buy it if they already own a PS4…

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