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Mentioning the Xbox One at this point almost feels like grabbing at the low-hanging fruit. Pretty much every piece of news released about the console presents some new problem or unscrupulous practice that Microsoft will likely regret somewhere down the line. But so long as Microsoft keeps making these kinds of choices, its our duty to keep the consumer informed, so herein lies the latest update: as detailed on Microsoft’s website, the Xbox One will be limited to 21 countries at launch. The list is as follows:

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

The limitation exists because, as Microsoft puts it, these are the “Xbox One-supported Xbox Live countries.” Notably, Microsoft makes the distinction that these are “not all Xbox Live countries,” suggesting that, just because a country may support Xbox Live, does not necessarily mean that it will support Xbox Live on the Xbox One. There are quite a few notable absences from the list, and it seems almost unbelievable that Microsoft is so readily cutting out huge chunks of the international market, but there it is.

There’s little more I can think to say at this point: while Microsoft seems confident that, once the console launches, people will see the value in it, it seems unlikely when absolutely nothing they’re doing is engendering any kind of consumer trust. It will be difficult for people to discover the value of the Xbox One if they refuse to buy it on principle.

Source: [The Escapist]

2 COMMENTS

  1. Xbox one is sold out at every game outlet I have tried to reserve it. Don’t think they care what journalist think. I reserved 2 Xbox One’s already. Stop acting like everyone cares about what country it’s not on.. Eventually they will. Move on.

    • Well, if you actually live in one of the many countries that aren’t on this list, you probably *do* care. I know the CD Projekt guys out of Poland are upset that the Xbox One isn’t going to launch there, at least at first.

      If Microsoft’s policies aren’t a big deal to you, and you’re looking forward to the console, then good for you. There are some, though, who find stuff like this off-putting, and it’s them that I’m informing.

      Also, I’m curious as to how you’ve reserved 2 consoles when “every game outlet” you’ve tried to reserve them at has been sold out?

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