Love it or hate it, plenty of folks wanted to buy themselves an Xbox One at the end of 2013, but several countries and territories had to be cut from that final shipping list in the end. For fans, that kind of sucks. And it’s something that Microsoft isn’t happy about either.
I stood on stage and talked about 21 markets … there were things around the voice models and other things we needed to make sure were right in order to really build a box that felt native to the markets we were shipping in.
It never feels good to stand on stage and talk about 21 markets and ship in 13, but it’s a journey, and it’s not won or lost the day after launch. It will be something that plays out, so making sure the quality of each market when we ship is the important part.
Right now, the Xbox One is dominating the USA market, as it really is a console tailored for that nation. I honestly would have liked one as well, but pricing and availability were key factors in buying one. Make no mistake, I still want one of those consoles, but now that I’ve got a PS4, I’m happy enough to wait it out and support a local release. That, and I’m determined to max my score out in Resogun and save all the damn humans.
It’s a great piece of hardware, but it’s being completely buggered in the back of a Volkswagen without even being taken out for dinner at the moment thanks to some truly mental thinking at Microsoft. And that ain’t good for business.
2014 is the year that the Xbox One launches locally, according to official word. That’d be rather nice.
Last Updated: January 7, 2014