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The Xbox One won’t work if you import it early

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As you probably already know by now, Microsoft’s Xbox One will not be available in South Africa when it launches in much of the rest of the world in November this year. It’s home to some really great games (like Dead Rising 3, which is one of my top games from E3) – which has some planning to import the console before its local launch. Unfortunately, that might not be a good plan.

It seems that the new Xbox One, which has Xbox Live and that goddamned nearly always online DRM nonsense so intrinsically interwoven in to it won’t work at all in regions where the console is unavailable. At launch, the list of countries where it will work is not especially large. Here are the countries that will get support at launch, according to a disclaimer on the Xbox One site.

Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Ireland
Italy
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Russia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
United States

“Xbox One games are for activation and distribution only in specified geographic regions. See game package and/or retailer product information, for each game’s specific geographic regions,” says the disclaimer.

What that means is that the system will actively block you from activating games if you fall without the supported territories. And if you take a look at those regions on Microsoft’s own map detailing said regions, we don’t even feature. At all.

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You might think I was jumping to conclusions based on semantics – but the lock has  was confirmed by Xbox support.

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It’s a bit of a slap in the face to the local Xbox 360 die-hards, who imported that console well before local launch – and were in fact pivotal in getting the system launched here in the first place. So yeah – even if you wanted to get the Xbox One before everybody else (and by all accounts, you don’t) you wouldn’t be able to use it. Sure , there are probably ways around this silly geo-fencing, but you shouldn’t have to jump through hoops just to play video games.

Honestly, the way this is all going, I’m not even sure it’s worth Microsoft even launching the thing here. And that’s bad for everyone. But it’s ok. You could always just get an Xbox 360. 

Thanks, neoGAF

Last Updated: June 13, 2013

169 Comments

  1. Jonah Cash

    June 13, 2013 at 07:49

    Microsoft…… The gift that keeps on giving!!!

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    • X1 will Dominate

      June 13, 2013 at 09:54

      Well for those who want an X1, this doesn’t matter as we luckily are covered 🙂

      Reply

      • Jonah Cash

        June 13, 2013 at 10:15

        How are you covered? I really don’t think this thing will see SA for quite some time!! So will you wait a year? I’m still on the fence when it comes to whether I will buy a next gen console before Christmas 2014, but MS has pissed me off so much that I want to buy a PS4 just to make my money talk for me!!!

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        • Argentil

          June 13, 2013 at 10:16

          If Asia is announced as an estimated November 2014, we will probably be even lower priority.

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          • Jonah Cash

            June 13, 2013 at 10:21

            Hahahaha!! They really see us as part of Africa!! The guys in SA fighting for them really need to wake up and smell the roses, they don’t give a shit about you!! You are nothing to them, they want to own America and they see that as big enough a market share for them… And I have owned a Xbox 360 from 2004, and only bought a PS3 last year…

          • Argentil

            June 13, 2013 at 10:23

            Well, we can only hope that, seeing as they haven’t said anything about Japan, and that they have stressed how important that market is to them, maybe they have a few countries pending announcement for early next year, but haven’t pegged a timeframe as yet.

        • X1 will Dominate

          June 13, 2013 at 11:09

          Because Im not from the SA…
          So yes I will be able to get it on launch date.
          The only reason not all regions are available from launch date is because they want to have a smooth launch without any technical issues and places where there is good internet reception.
          Saying that MS pisses on ya’ll is just bullshit, they made some policies to give the consumer better experience. I give a flying crap about I have to connect, I am always connected (whenever I can) as much as possible, and its fine for me that I can lend my game once to a friend, and then even do it digitally so I dont have to meet him with a physical disc.
          Ofc. there are some restrictions but those are to make better open-world games with more living persistent worlds, people just think MS are doing this cause they want to, they are doing this to make a greater experience..
          And pls whoever is reading this, if u dont believe me then dont, just dont pull all that Go Stick it Up Microsofts Ass bullshit pleasee!.

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          • rennos

            June 14, 2013 at 10:59

            “I can lend my game once to a friend, and then even do it digitally so I dont have to meet him with a physical disc”………….i dont think u understand.. you will NOT be able to Play second hand games.

            And MS is doing this for MONEY!! Not to “make a greater experience”

          • Edwin le Roux

            June 14, 2013 at 12:20

            Listen to this dude.

            X1 is designed for the privileged. For the top countries where internet is common factor in everyday life.

            It is our own decision that we life where we life. It is our decision to be born where we are born. Its the same as hungry children in the rest of Africa. If they are hungry why don’t they just move somewhere where there is food.

            Same as why don’t we just get better internet. It is so easy.

            PS. I which there was something like a sarcastic font. Cause I’m afraid some ppl might take me seriously.

            On the note of murica. Think there is more money for them there. As we don’t buy any FNL games here.

        • X1 will Dominate

          June 13, 2013 at 11:12

          Not to talk about that I better like playing multiplayer/online, which the X1 is almost handmade cutout and designed to do. Nothing wrong with the PS4, but its cloud service and architecture isn’t designed as good for multiplayer gaming as the X1. And to play multiplayer you gotta have internet, so it all adds up for me 🙂

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          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            June 13, 2013 at 15:52

            Lucky you. Us RSA plebs are going to have to wait a very VERY long time. Hence why PS4 is looking more and more like an option for us.

          • rennos

            June 14, 2013 at 11:00

            Lol.. please do some research before you make such statements..hahaha

  2. Martin du preez

    June 13, 2013 at 07:56

    Die hard South African Xbots be all like;

    Reply

    • Mossel

      June 13, 2013 at 08:23

      hahaha!

      Reply

    • Argentil

      June 13, 2013 at 10:25

      1 downvote from our zealous troll I can only imagine.

      Reply

  3. Johann

    June 13, 2013 at 08:01

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they never even release the damn thing here. Seeing as how US of A once stated that Piracy in Africa is too rampant.

    Reply

  4. Uberutang

    June 13, 2013 at 08:01

    I was wondering earlier this year if it will even release here…now it seems it may…but who would want one?

    All games will be server hosted. Including COD. That means no more locals only. So unless the setup servers in Jozi and Cape Town , cod will be a lagfest of note. So there goes the ‘but what about cod esports argument.

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  5. matthurstrsa

    June 13, 2013 at 08:03

    But its releasing in Brazil and not here?! Why would you want to PUNISH early adopters?

    Reply

    • Trevor Davies

      June 13, 2013 at 08:51

      But we’re not on the list of punishable early adopters 😉

      Reply

  6. Rinceyouropinion

    June 13, 2013 at 08:07

    FOXHOUND! where are you?! Screw you MS. Totally destroyed your good rep with me.

    Reply

  7. Happy Hamster

    June 13, 2013 at 08:07

    Number 1 on the MS Top 40 Music Hits

    Reply

  8. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    June 13, 2013 at 08:08

    Words have escaped me.

    So let’s recap:
    1) You need to be online once every 24hours or you get locked out of all games.
    2) You cannot resell your disks as you please. You must use the system that Microsoft has built in to its own system therefore cutting out the local game distributers completely.
    3) Now you cannot play with the bloody thing if it isn’t released in your country yet?

    So let’s look at it this way:
    1) So only those who have proper internet. Most of the gaming world cut out
    2) Trying to destroy brick and mortar local game shops. Again, less sales
    3) again, cutting out vast numbers of gamers and again, cutting out sales.

    Are they trying to sell the least amount of consoles possible? What are they even thinking!?

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    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      June 13, 2013 at 08:25

      They felt sorry for Nintendo and the Wii U. 😀

      Reply

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        June 13, 2013 at 08:41

        Bwhahahahahaha

        Reply

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        June 13, 2013 at 08:44

        Nintenty is looking lakker good though. Really excited now for a WiiU..

        Reply

        • Argentil

          June 13, 2013 at 10:36

          What did you think of Nintendo’s E3 Direct? Smash Bros. and Mario Kart were very well received, but no one asked for another Donkey Kong. Also, Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot said that they will not develop WiiU exclusives until hardware sales are up.

          Reply

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            June 13, 2013 at 11:02

            I was quite excited for it all, especially Monolith’s new game. plus windwaker looks awesome and am very excited to to see when they finally release a new Zelda. I still feel bad for them but I think they getting back on track now and now’s the perfect time to pump out games. when Xbox is failing then the best thing to do is go ps4 and WiiU, which is what I will be doing. What was your take

          • Argentil

            June 13, 2013 at 11:21

            Personally, I will be going PS4 & PC (+PSVita), this is the best generation to own a PC. I almost bought a WiiU, thinking Nintendo would amaze at E3. I just missed out on the R999 deals.
            That said, I wasn’t impressed with their overall showing, but Mario Kart 8 looks fantastic. That was a smart choice to develop, they really pulled it off.
            Windwaker was detailed a bit more and looked beautiful, but it wasn’t new.

            Overall, I think they might have more to speak of at TGS.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            June 13, 2013 at 11:29

            They didn’t have a strong showing but it did enough to get me excited. I tend to always lean towards Ninty because they always have a wide range of Jrpg’s which is my favorite genre. but agreed, Gonna be a good Generation for PC … but alas, my wallet will never hold enough money 🙁

          • Argentil

            June 13, 2013 at 11:31

            Ja, I will agree there. In the last 3 years, Nintendo seem to have picked up the JRPG torch that Microsoft dropped.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            June 13, 2013 at 11:33

            What ever happened though there hey…So sad, I remember when 360 launched with Blue Dragon I was like hellz yeah, Next gen JRPGS, but that was a short lived excitement. But hey, there is a fair share of JRPG’s on 360 that I really enjoyed

          • Argentil

            June 13, 2013 at 11:43

            They had a lot of support from Mistwalker, who seem to be working on Mobile games at the moment. Not 100% sure though.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            June 13, 2013 at 11:46

            Yeah they are focusing on smaller titles for now, hopefully they will get back to AAA games, because hot damn are they good

          • Argentil

            June 13, 2013 at 11:44

            I wonder if the Tales of series will go multiplatform again. They have been dominating on PS3 lately.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            June 13, 2013 at 11:46

            Yeah, really excited for Xillia. Hideo Baba isn’t going next gen anytime soon though

      • Vampyre Squirrel

        June 13, 2013 at 09:05

        Wii U sales are probably going to go through the roof because of this… lets hope everyone that doesn’t get a PS4 gets a Wii U.

        #FUXbone

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    • Trevor Davies

      June 13, 2013 at 08:34

      MS is trying to encourage literacy in 3rd world countries by getting people to read a book instead of playing games :/

      Reply

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        June 13, 2013 at 08:41

        you forgot to add #Trollolol 😛

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        • Trevor Davies

          June 13, 2013 at 08:46

          No, no I didn’t 🙁

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          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            June 13, 2013 at 08:47

            Oh.. You were being serious? hahah. Oh man. So much fun at M$ expense. My sides hurt. Well done dude. Well done

      • Rinceyouropinion

        June 13, 2013 at 08:46

        Snap!

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  9. Reboot

    June 13, 2013 at 08:10

    I imported the XB360 when it was launched, and it was absolutely great being able to play before the rest of SA.

    But you now what.. MicroLimp can keep their XBone. I will stick to my XB 360 for now and later move to the PS4.

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    • e1ace

      June 13, 2013 at 08:50

      What happened when/if the launch console failed? How did the warranty work?

      Reply

      • Reboot

        June 13, 2013 at 09:16

        Some of the people I knew got the RRD and those consoles were replaced without any hassles. The warranty is still valid even though I am in a different continent then where it was purchased.

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        • e1ace

          June 13, 2013 at 09:20

          Yeah but who did they return the console to? Who paid for shipping? My understanding is that since there would be no local distributor yet, the customer will pay for shipping back to the company where you purchased it from.

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  10. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    June 13, 2013 at 08:15

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      June 13, 2013 at 08:17

      Whahahahahaha!

      Reply

  11. CaptainNemo42

    June 13, 2013 at 08:18

    Header advert banner win!

    Reply

  12. e1ace

    June 13, 2013 at 08:24

    In other news – You can purchase and ship the console from America to South Africa for $480 total. That includes taxes and shipping and the PS4 of course!

    Reply

    • Brady miaau

      June 13, 2013 at 09:36

      So why pre-order in SA?

      Customs duties? As in, when it arrives at the local airport, you get a phone call and a letter asking for amount X, for SA Customs.

      That has caught me out once or twice, buy a piece of electronics from Europe and end up paying, say, R300 more to get it released from customs.

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      • e1ace

        June 13, 2013 at 09:38

        Well one issue is that Amazon have sold out of ‘launch day’ consoles. But no one is sure how many more launch consoles they will get.

        Second issue is warranty. It’s risky getting launch consoles because of potential issues (RROD). Amazon require you to send the console back at your own cost – which might not be worth the risk.

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        • silverscorpio

          June 13, 2013 at 13:28

          Another reason why the Xbox One is very scary. That RROD fried my Xbox 360 within 1 year. Microsoft always had inferior quality products when it came to the quality of hardware. No problem with my ps3

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          • e1ace

            June 13, 2013 at 13:33

            I think with the fact that the new consoles are x86 and aren’t really new techs with new architecture and new factories that this console generation should be somewhat problem free.

          • Argentil

            June 13, 2013 at 14:11

            I did hear that the eSRAM they are using is causing overheating problems. There were even rumours of lowering performance to fix it.

          • e1ace

            June 13, 2013 at 14:18

            The eSRAM was causing yield problems in the die (or something like that). But @MajorNelson ‘confirmed’ that this was false.

          • Argentil

            June 13, 2013 at 14:26

            I assume you put apostrophes around confirmed BECAUSE it’s Major Nelson, right? 😛

          • e1ace

            June 13, 2013 at 14:27

            Exactly.

          • Argentil

            June 13, 2013 at 14:31

            Correction: MGS V is not exclusive. Sorry about that.— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) June 10, 2013

          • Argentil

            June 13, 2013 at 14:42

            I went through his tweet history, he must have removed the post, I can’t find it.
            Edit: Found it. https://twitter.com/majornelson/status/342755592672251905
            He’s not really giving concrete info there. Ignoring the comment below querying the actual clock speeds of the GPU.

          • silverscorpio

            June 14, 2013 at 08:22

            Yes, I have considered that as well but you must admit with a potential R 6 500-00 investment it is a very scary thought considering that it has happened in the past even though the process was different. Microsoft has said that there will be no problems this time but if you take into account that they do not know if they are coming or going, I am taking it with a pinch of salt. Besides this thing will have a whole new version of the RROD that can cry havok on any entertainment.

    • LJ Roos

      June 13, 2013 at 18:22

      OK sure, I could do that, I know im going to sound like a d**s now, but I want to support the local shops, even though their owners probably chill in Strand and drink Klippies Premium, I think it’s important to support my local supply chain no matter what.

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  13. Happy Hamster

    June 13, 2013 at 08:25

    This was Generated as a funny its not real

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    • Brady miaau

      June 13, 2013 at 08:40

      When I was in the states in 1987, a lot of people thought South Africa was a region in Africa, the concept of actual countries escaped them. And asked if we are using the food aid wisely. And did not believe that we grew our own vegetables. Seriously.

      Also, we were racist, instantly, as being White and from South Africa to people with a little bit more knowledge. Say 1 or 2 out of the 20 or so people we spoke to for more than a few minutes.

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      • Vampyre Squirrel

        June 13, 2013 at 09:06

        In 1999 I had someone in the states believe that I was chatting from the back of my Elephant on top of a hill to get signal for my satellite internet connection….

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      • HvR

        June 13, 2013 at 09:08

        Well my experience is it depends “the type of people” you speak to, if you talk to properly educated people who works in multi-nationals (at least tech based multi-nationals and universities knows where South Africa is and have worked/talked/consulted with South Africans.

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        • Brady miaau

          June 13, 2013 at 09:35

          Now, yes, I will agree with you. Have worked with several American consultants and so forth, that are very educated and liberal. A bit arrogant about America and its place in the world, but that is to be expected.

          Also worked with ones that are not very “outward looking” from their narrow world view.

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  14. Tbone187

    June 13, 2013 at 08:25

    I seriously hope this console flops…Why makes MS think the console is sooo great that people should bend over backwards to have the privilege of having one…It’s a joke really…

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    • Zubayr Bhyat

      June 13, 2013 at 08:26

      Far as I remember XBL was slow to come here too. I’m adopting the wait and see approach but am leaning very much to the PS4 side.

      Reply

      • Vampyre Squirrel

        June 13, 2013 at 08:39

        XBL was extremely slow on getting to SA, and I still can’t get all the arcade games I’ve seen that I want on the US and UK XBL’s 🙁

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    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      June 13, 2013 at 08:44

      Actually I think you just hit the nail on the head.

      They are making it seem to be a privilege to have one. What happens the moment you put something out of someone’s reach and make it seem the best thing in the world? Like a Ferrari for example? Everyone now suddenly wants one and people will do their utmost to get one.

      Bad example, but I think it is the type of marketing they are aiming for.

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      • Brady miaau

        June 13, 2013 at 08:57

        yip

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    • Trevor Davies

      June 13, 2013 at 08:45

      The Harley-Davidson of consoles. vroom vroom.

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      • Mark Treloar

        June 13, 2013 at 09:17

        So it makes a lot of noise and doesn’t go very fast?

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        • Brady miaau

          June 13, 2013 at 09:33

          and is uncomfortable to drive, bad for the back? (So I understand)

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    • silverscorpio

      June 13, 2013 at 09:37

      In the long run it might not flop beause someone has to wake up and stop the insanity. Besides a console as strong as the xbox brand will not be wiped out in one generation alone no matter how hard Microsoft tries to get that achievement.

      But yes I agree with you. I want the thing to flop just to stop future hardware makers and publishers from making the same DRM and “Internet always On” mistakes. As it stands now, it is a joke.

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  15. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    June 13, 2013 at 08:30

    Love this

    Reply

  16. ALKi1234

    June 13, 2013 at 08:32

    Iv’e always been a PS supporter….but man this is getting hard to watch.a few days ago it was fun but now it’s just sad!

    Reply

    • silverscorpio

      June 13, 2013 at 09:43

      Sad and funny. I really feel sorry for their support staff who has to receive the brunt of the complaints.

      Reply

  17. Brady miaau

    June 13, 2013 at 08:36

    Ah, man.

    My wife and I were looking at cheaper baby formula and using cloth nappies for like six months to finance the Xbox One. Man, will we be disappointed now! So what now? So this really puts a crimp on the plans, right? (Before i get lambasted, I am a responsible man in his thirties who would never, ever, comprise care and love for another human being, let alone my child to be)

    Ah, millennium Shrimp and Bug`rup! Is that a duck on your head?

    I am not sure about most other people, but this news does not really effect me. But it may result in us actually buying one, when we can see the reviews of other people actually using and see the actual in-game effect. Plus, the beta-testers (North America) might just convince MS to drop a lot of the fun and silly ideas they seem bent on.

    So, this could be win all the way.

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  18. Daryl Eksteen

    June 13, 2013 at 08:39

    I’m already over the Xbox One….my Xbox 360 and future PS4 will do the job better.

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    • Rinceyouropinion

      June 13, 2013 at 08:44

      With you there bro!

      Reply

  19. Happy Hamster

    June 13, 2013 at 08:43

    Dust off your suits

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    • ALKi1234

      June 13, 2013 at 09:02

      Ouch

      Reply

    • ALKi1234

      June 13, 2013 at 09:02

      Ouch

      Reply

  20. Rock789

    June 13, 2013 at 08:45

    Once again fate farts in my face…

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  21. Brady miaau

    June 13, 2013 at 08:47

    I love the Xbox header image, with the PS4 advert straight under it.

    Brought to us by……

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  22. Jakster

    June 13, 2013 at 08:53

    You are stupid to purchase any product without local support. Absolute hot air over nothing this is.

    Gamers are foolish though, they’ll still purchase the damned thing and phone MS for support when Kinect no answer back……. *is this thing on?*

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  23. Alex [SS] PsyChoPanthis

    June 13, 2013 at 08:54

    LOL… no japan XD

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  24. SlasherZA

    June 13, 2013 at 08:57

    Just use a free VPN / DNS routings setup behind your xbox – there are many out there that will easily make it think its not in SA…

    Reply

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      June 13, 2013 at 08:58

      I think the point being driven across is that people shouldn’t be forced to jump through hoops. While you can spoof your IP and “fake” your location it’s not really up everyone’s alley or capability to do so.

      Reply

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      June 13, 2013 at 08:58

      I think the point being driven across is that people shouldn’t be forced to jump through hoops. While you can spoof your IP and “fake” your location it’s not really up everyone’s alley or capability to do so.

      Reply

    • Theo Steenekamp

      June 13, 2013 at 10:45

      Ye… that kinda won’t work. Since most validation software out there actually follow the IP along its path to the correct origin. Technology hay?

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  25. HvR

    June 13, 2013 at 08:59

    Phil we are running out of feet to shoot.
    Ok Don lets hire some more managers and somebody needs to tell BIll he might have to take one for the team at our next press conference.

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  26. HvR

    June 13, 2013 at 08:59

    Phil we are running out of feet to shoot.
    Ok Don lets hire some more managers and somebody needs to tell BIll he might have to take one for the team at our next press conference.

    Reply

  27. Mattias

    June 13, 2013 at 09:04

    I would reallu consider to,buy a xbox one. I think people are to negative. I belive in this online machine with tv and all. Hail to the future baby

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  28. DadGamer

    June 13, 2013 at 09:06

    Seriously, as I said in another comment this week, Microsoft just handed the SA market (among others) to sony on a golden platter.

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    • Deano

      June 13, 2013 at 09:11

      As bad as it is, SA is such a small market for MS I dont really think it worries them one bit.
      I think they launching in all the countries that matter to their bank account and to hell with the rest of us.

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      • Double-O-Six and a half

        June 13, 2013 at 11:07

        No market which is profitable can afford to be ignored by any company. SA in relative terms is the gaming capital of Africa. Which makes this approach by MS even more perplexing. Why would you WANT to deliberately prevent your product from being sold in a profitable market – for a profit. Microsoft’s cost of doing business in gaming SA doesn’t exceed their profit from those same gamers and MBA 101 tells you if you can make money off of something even if its a small amount, do it, because not doing it is just plain stupid… I’m beginning to think the picture somebody posted on LG a few days ago of the MS board meetings being held by a bunch of chimpanzee’s is correct, but even chimps are not that stupid!!!

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        • Deano

          June 13, 2013 at 11:43

          Its more complex than that, they probly want to ensure there is enough stock for their main markets, so rather have plenty of stock for Europe, America ect at lauch and have a successful launch in key markets, than try launch everywhere at once and have shortages and kids screaming at them for no stock.

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        • Argentil

          June 13, 2013 at 11:46

          There’s a simple explanation for this. They probably determined that the minority of 360 owners in this country have stable connections, or keep their consoles online regularly.

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  29. Khulani Ndlovu

    June 13, 2013 at 09:08

    Bill Gates needs to definitely put his dogs on a leash, wait anther fews years before Xbox One is approved for your country in the mean time while you waiting my advise suck it & just buy a gamer’s dream console the PS4, 😉

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  30. OVG

    June 13, 2013 at 09:11

    God bless America, fuck the rest of the world.

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      June 13, 2013 at 12:27

      I miss mornelithe. He would have told us “You know NOTHING JON SNOW”.

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      • Argentil

        June 13, 2013 at 12:28

        SNEEEEEU

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      • OVG

        June 13, 2013 at 12:44

        lol I bet he still reads but has to stay up late if he wants to converse with SA Time. All that coffee went to his PS head :p or he is just sitting back rubbing is palms together going SONY domination.

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  31. fred

    June 13, 2013 at 09:12

    What … some people still consider the One as an option after everything we heard this week . A less powerful console that costs more. You have to be a serious fan of MS to get one.

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  32. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    June 13, 2013 at 09:18

    But hey….we get killer instinct right and it’s free to play…right…..*Bitch Slap*! WRONG! killer Instinct comes with one character…yes on Xbox One you get ONE character!

    Reply

    • Ultimo_Cleric N7

      June 13, 2013 at 09:26

      Wow Really!?!?! a Whole Character….Oh the Microsoft Overlords have been so generous!

      Reply

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        June 13, 2013 at 10:20

        One whole character and you have to pay for more …. I guess they being generous

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  33. Xelus

    June 13, 2013 at 09:27

    To be honest, I’m glad to see that sh** doesn’t get released here yet. We’re already importing enough left overs from other countries, we don’t need another one on the pile. >_>

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  34. silverscorpio

    June 13, 2013 at 09:30

    You know what. Microsoft is not that bad. They are trying to help Sony recover from their finincial concerns. This might just be what Sony needs to stop it from being split up and Microsoft is actually trying to help them. Lets all support Microsoft’s efforts by buying the PS4 and ignore the Xbox One. What other company will go out of their way to help a competitor like this. Congrats Microsoft on your generosity. I think Sony will send you guys a bunch of flowers and a thank you card.

    This is the only thing that explains Microsoft’s stupidity alternatively Microsoft execs are just idiots.

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    • Brady miaau

      June 13, 2013 at 09:39

      Savannah?

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  35. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    June 13, 2013 at 09:34

    Wow…..just wow. What a bunch of muppets. Really, MS must have not even THOUGHT about chatting to gamers in the market to check their concerms before deciding on this.

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  36. OVG

    June 13, 2013 at 09:35

    AFRICA? HAS ELECTRICITY? But I thought…

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    • silverscorpio

      June 13, 2013 at 09:53

      Americans still think we have wild animals on our airport runways and we live in straw huts. I can remember when the Backstreet Boys visited South Africa long ago they thought that they would see wild animals waliking in our cities. Now Microsoft obvioulsly thinks the same.

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    • Tbone187

      June 13, 2013 at 10:06

      Some muppet once asked me in the UK, if we had atm machines in SA… go figure…

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  37. Guest

    June 13, 2013 at 09:46

    Boned

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  38. OVG

    June 13, 2013 at 09:49

    X Boned

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  39. OVG

    June 13, 2013 at 10:11

    New update

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    • Argentil

      June 13, 2013 at 12:37

      This is really sad, and I feel bad for the Xbros who are still clinging to this console with the idea that MS know what they’re doing, so the TV features or online functionality will completely justify all of this. The TV aspect is a gimmick, and not an evolution of the medium. The online features alone do not justify the business practices and consumer abuse. If you really hate Sony, get a WiiU, or better yet, upgrade your PC. Most of the best exclusives this gen are on PC also, or will be sooner or later. This is the PS4 or PC generation.

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  40. OVG

    June 13, 2013 at 10:13

    I thought some ass muppet from MicroBS just stated that JAPAN is going to be on the top of the list

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  41. Charlie Fripp

    June 13, 2013 at 10:13

    I want to know, if you have a US or UK XBL account, will that then work? I understand there won’t be region-locking, but I was just curious. But even if it works with an imported console, I take it there won’t be any games available, as the console won’t in official in SA. Is that right?

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    • Argentil

      June 13, 2013 at 10:15

      Supposedly; you will not be able to verify games online if you are not in the supported countries. There is a ping check of some sort.

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  42. Tidycpc

    June 13, 2013 at 10:15

    I will get the PS4 when it release here, and if/when the xbox gets released here will pick that up aswell.

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  43. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    June 13, 2013 at 10:36

    Anyone else thinking that Microsoft is trying to sink their own gaming division? Surely no company can be this dof! We all know Africa isn’t a gaming powerhouse, but here in South Africa, there’s a dedicated gaming following. To not even allow people to import games, or to not allow collectors to import and play their imported games, is low. It’s… LOOOOOOWWW!!

    If we still have South Africans defending this abortion of a console, then they must be paid employees from Microsoft SA.

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    • Nicholas Rowan

      June 13, 2013 at 10:43

      I seriously think this as well. I have a theory there’s some sort of internal power struggle at MS. What with XNA being discontinued, the confusion around DirectX, the weird decisions and then flip flops with some of the features in VS 2012 and now this XBone palava I really think there’s some weird shit going on at MS with regards to the gaming/dev sections.

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        June 13, 2013 at 10:46

        I can actually see Don Mattrick wielding his favourite jacket against Jabba Balmer….

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  44. Smuroh

    June 13, 2013 at 11:05

    I dont think everyone realizes that the 360 was the same in SA came out months after the launch in the rest of the world, i dont think its MS this time i think its our rather retarded rating system.

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    • Argentil

      June 13, 2013 at 11:26

      They released so late because they didn’t have the infrastructure in place to implement Live worldwide at once AND they thought the SA market was low priority. They should know now how many consumers are in SA, and I can only assume that SA has a lower yield of online consoles which would make launching here early a waste for them.

      IIRC Live launched in SA years later, not months. 2010, I think.

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  45. RMKennySA

    June 13, 2013 at 11:47

    I think this is a good thing. I had a lot of friends with 360’s and it screwed up multilayer. If South Africans can all just stick to the damn same console! (Preferably may we all stick to ps4. My pocket would be so happy)

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  46. Happy Hamster

    June 13, 2013 at 11:54

    Ok i actually got a answer on my tweet as to why is SA not amoungst the 21 Country story and there reply is *Drum Roll Please*

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    • Argentil

      June 13, 2013 at 11:55

      “Why would you want to live there?”

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  47. Thats_how_I_Troll

    June 13, 2013 at 12:13

    This lets me thinks that the MS product we will get will be different to the 1st one to the 21 countries… All those countries have good internet solutions… Making me think once again, the second wave of countries will be different to the first wave of countries… Maybe a more relaxed approach to DRM and Internet connection, or even an offline mode… Best we will have to wait and see…

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    • Argentil

      June 13, 2013 at 12:28

      If sales of the console are devastatingly bad, then yes. Only then would they loosen the noose. You better hope it does poorly in the first 21 countries if you want this to happen.
      I don’t think it will though, there is a lot of positivity surrounding the console from people who aren’t 100% clued up on how it works.

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  48. Scratchy

    June 13, 2013 at 12:39

    You know, I was starting to consider the xbone. Always on isn’t such a big deal if you think about it and I can live with the used games thing. No problems. But now this? It’s like MS doesn’t want anyone to buy their console and I certainly am not. If the PS4 is available first in SA, that’s what I’ll be getting. End of.

    Thanks Microsoft for caring… you shit flavoured cock lollipop

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  49. Aussious

    June 14, 2013 at 11:42

    Don Mattrick is a real dush, this guy sat idly by as Spielberg and Lucas insulted gaming and the audience that plays video games. Doubt that either Spielberg or Lucas have ever picked up a controller and neither has Don apparently.
    http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/lucas-spielberg-insult-video-games/

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  50. Edwin le Roux

    June 14, 2013 at 12:12

    First and foremost I’m a PC gamer. But I do have a 360. And I love it. I love the controller. So much more than the PS3 controller. Don’t like the PS controller that much. Doesn’t fit nicely into my hands.

    But I cannot see myself getting a XBox 1. Even if one is given to me. Just to much slep to go through to play a game.

    As I am a PC gamer. Im not used to paying R600+ for a game. So I usually buy second hand, or borrow from friends.

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  51. Forbsz

    June 14, 2013 at 13:31

    They just keep on digging that hole……

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  52. iPrimal

    June 14, 2013 at 21:35

    wow. ps4 sales are going to soar.

    Reply

  53. Helldriver Phoenix

    June 16, 2013 at 00:47

    Just get a PS4,more local CoD matches in the future.

    Reply

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