The Xbox One has been delayed to 2014 in eight European markets, Microsoft reported today.
Microsoft will launch the Xbox One in U.S., U.K., Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain and New Zealand. It will, however, be delayed in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland.
Microsoft reports that the reasoning behind this decision was due to extra time being required for localizing the console’s dashboard and voice commands as well as producing a strong launch lineup of games.
“While we wish we could launch Xbox One simultaneously in these markets, there are many factors that determine the timing of specific market launches,” reads the post on Xbox Wire. “This includes work to localize the Xbox One dash, incorporate additional voice and languages, and build partnerships to bring apps and meaningful local content to each country.
“We understand this will be disappointing news for our fans in the impacted countries, and we are doing everything we can to bring Xbox One to you as soon as possible next year.”
Those that are looking to inquire about their pre-order in those countries affected by the delay should direct their questions to their specific retailer. Microsoft will also be offering a free game to those affected by the delay that pre-ordered prior to this announcement as a “pack-in game.”
Source Xbox Wire