Microsoft has delayed the launch of the Xbox One in eight European markets.
The company originally announced that it would introduce the games console in 21 regions this November, but now Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland will not get the machine until sometime in 2014.
As compensation, people in those countries who have already pre-ordered the the console\’s ‘Day One’ version will receive an unspecified “pack-in game” upon launch.
The United States, United Kingdom and the eleven other markets on track to receive the Xbox One later this year are unaffected by the announcement.
Microsoft broke the news in a post on its official Xbox blog, writing: “While we wish we could launch Xbox One simultaneously in these markets, there are many factors that determine the timing of specific market launches. 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.”
The delay is just the latest in a string of shakeups Microsoft has made regarding its forthcoming console. It famously reversed its controversial used game and always-online requirements this past June after massive fan backlash, and it reversed its policies to allow independent developers to self-publish games (a la the PlayStation 4) a month later.
More recently, Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One’s accompanying Kinect sensor will not need to be on for the console to function, a decision that stood in contrast to the sentiment it showed at the machine\’s initial unveiling. The past week has also brought news about the machine\’s Xbox Live Gold features–including its ability to let one Gold subscription serve all users on a single console–as well as its controller, which will be compatible with PCs sometime next year.
Source: Xbox Wire