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Xbox One console delays never feel good says Microsoft

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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. 

Speaking with OXM via VG247, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer said, “I wish we had the global coverage that we originally announced when we stood on stage at E3”.

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


  1. Good thing to wait for local launch, by that time most kinks should be ironed out! Any word on where talks between MS and local satellite providers re set top box integration?


    • iAmWeasel

      January 7, 2014 at 10:47

      Haha you actually think we will get set top integration here? Funny.


      • Pieter Kruger

        January 7, 2014 at 10:52

        Well yes I do, what makes you think we won’t?


        • iAmWeasel

          January 7, 2014 at 11:04

          Because 3rd worlder’s do not get the frills.. they get the bare minimum. Ask Netflix.


        • RockMossel2014

          January 7, 2014 at 11:27

          I stand to be corrected, but probably the same reason we dont (legally) have Netflix and Hulu?


    • Rock789

      January 7, 2014 at 11:07

      From what I read late last year, seems Dstv had preliminarily agreed terms with Microsoft and were working with them on the integration. But haven’t heard anything since.


  2. oVg

    January 7, 2014 at 10:11

    While South Africa pay full price for half the features.


    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      January 7, 2014 at 10:21

      Seems legit


  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    January 7, 2014 at 10:11

    Well Phil, most people would expect that what you say will happen on stage at E3 is what will happen. But knowing that you’re unhappy too makes it okay. I guess next time you’ll try to get your facts right before telling the world right?


    • Brenz

      January 7, 2014 at 10:25

      uuuuuuh, no they wont.
      They will tell people what they want to hear, then go backstage and sacrifice a virgin goat and pray that it happens as they said.


  4. Hammersteyn

    January 7, 2014 at 10:11

    At least they narrowed down the release date to a year. Now we need a quarter because obviously a month would be too specific.


  5. Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    January 7, 2014 at 10:30

    I do feel sorry for Microsoft as it has been a bumpy ride and they’ve lost a lot of credibility with the rest of the world.

    However in the same breath I also battle to feel sorry for them because stating they will release in 21 countries and then only launching in 13 means that somewhere, somehow some very bad planning was implemented and that is their own fault.

    Could it be due to the fact that they did a 180 with DRM? I don’t think so. I battle to see how that change, now implemented on XBoxes across the US, would delay the launch of those same units elsewhere in the world.

    Either way. i feel sorry for them and I don’t. Mmmm.
    Such fence sitter
    much nothing
    so PC


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      January 7, 2014 at 11:01

      I still can’t get over how terrible their launch was. From one of the biggest companies in the world with one of their flagship products. It was like watching a multiple car pile-up. O_O


  6. TiMsTeR1033

    January 7, 2014 at 10:33

    SA Xbox One launch date – Dec 2014


    • Rock789

      January 7, 2014 at 11:08

      That 4 should be a 5, right? 😉 🙂


  7. e1ace

    January 7, 2014 at 10:55

    “Right now, the Xbox One is dominating the USA market…” – in what way? I thought sales were pretty neck and neck?


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