Xbox One Will Launch in 21 Countries, Will Not Work in Others For Now

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Lee Bradley

You’ve likely seen this already, but for many people it’s important news, so bear with us. Microsoft has listed the countries that will support the Xbox One at launch.

Unfortunately, if you do not live in one of the countries listed below the Xbox One will not work, thanks to the machine’s need to connect to Xbox Live.

So beware. If you live in Poland or Japan or any of the countries not listed, you should hold fire on importing the next-gen console.

"At this time, we have announced Xbox One will be available in 21 markets in November this year and additional markets later in 2014,” said Microsoft.

“Similar to the movie and music industry, games and other content must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale - which means that games will work in the broad geographic regions for which they have been cleared, much as today with Xbox 360. 

“While the console itself is not geographically restricted, a user's Xbox Live account, content, apps and experiences are all tied to the country of billing and residence."

The list of countries isn’t final, as Microsoft will be rolling out support for further countries in the weeks and months to come. 

It should also be noted that the list clearly doesn’t mean that gamers in Japan, Poland and elsewhere will never be able to play an Xbox One.

What it does mean, however, is that you would be advised against importing for now.

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

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  • LOL
  • Anyone else find it absolutely hilarious that one of the biggest gaming countries in the world, Japan, isn't on this list? Microsoft is turning into more and more of a joke as the days progress.
  • And people say the forced internet connection isn't a bad idea...
  • @2 yeah its really laughable.
  • Poland is where The Witcher 3 is being developed...
  • So I guess the PS 4 will mop up in all the other non support countries then! Nice going MS you are really handling this Xbox one launch amazing!!!
  • @2 @4 It would be extremely rare for a Japanese person to own an xbox, trust me :)
  • @5... that just raise's 5 kinds of wtf if thats true O.o
  • @2 J Lo It is odd that the Xbox One isn't launching in Japan. The Xbox 360 hit in Japan before anywhere else. But then its sales have been spectacularly low...
  • MS had enough trouble piercing the Japanese market with this gen which would work online...
  • Japanese consumers never supported the 360, & whilst I have grown up with & still love Jap games, in this instance I say 'Let them eat cake'. (PS it is a lie)
  • The joint CEO of CD Projekt RED, the Polish company developing The Witcher 3 for Xbox One, has already reacted. He told GI: "I was just in a restaurant and saw the list. I was surprised, and I really hope that it isn't final. I think Polish gamers will speak out loud. From my perspective, it's a sad situation."
  • When did the UK become a country? its made of 4 differant countries. Japan is abit of a surprise but at first i was thinking sony bought exclusive rights.
  • not surprise about japan, it is homeland to ps4.
  • If you don't live in one of these countries your life is worthless is what they are saying.
  • Bad luck Asia...
  • Hey I'm in one of the supported countries! Still getting a PS4 instead.
  • I will buy PS4! I dont want to pay for used games two times. And online there will be less people i think because most people buy PS4 and Japanese cant play. Why should I pay 100 € more for a game console that I dont want to have? I hope PS4 games wont be too expensive, if the games are under 80 Euro when they are new, I will buy PS4.
  • @13 UK is a country, England not, go read some wiki articles or something.
  • If its not launching in your country immediately, you can just deal with it! ;)
  • In other news Sony announced that any country that has power will be able to use a PS4. Viva La PS4
  • They have sold more 360 consoles here in Australia than Japan and look at the huge population difference. Back then the 360 launched in December in Japan but we got screwed and got it delayed twice (early March then late March). Maybe they finally realised the releasing alongside the PS4 in Japan was suicide and will release a bit later to gain some attention. Soon the Wii U will even outsell the 360 lifetime sales.
  • @15: And a Neanderthal if you've no option for connecting to the internet every 24hr. I am still scratching my head about this, who the hell is their target audience; where is the demand for all this 'extra shit' coming from? Did you guys ask for this, I know I didn't. I, confuse.
  • Will preorder Xbox One soon as well PS4 too. :)
  • @13 At least I'm not the only one that hates having to put "UK" for things instead of "England" (I don't know where you're from, this is just my situation). It's like putting "America", when America covers many countries and not just the United States. On topic. This doesn't really surprise me. If the Xbox One relies on the "Cloud" and it seems like many games will make use of this for stuff like dedicated servers (Titanfall), there will never be enough servers ready for the whole world. That being said. If you take a look at the supported countries for Xbox Live, there's many countries not on that list that currently work. Does this list mean that the Xbox One will ONLY work in the listed countries or does it just mean that other countries (like Poland, Portugal, etc) may work.. or may not?
  • It's becoming harder and harder for people to defend Microsoft, I don't think they could alienate more people if that's what they wanted to do!
  • @2 if you saw the sales figures for the 360 in Japan then you would probably realise why MS aren't too bothered about that market; it's almost exclusively Sony and Nintendo (Japanese companies). I'm not saying it doesn't suck if you're in Japan and you want an x1, but I do understand MS logic (for once).
  • Xbox failed in Japan because MS promoted it badly. They had a comedian named "Hard Gay Man" attend the launch of Halo3. I really wish that was a joke. I also wish I could could buy an xbox one later this year :-(
  • #25, Scotland
  • New countries are going to be added, it's not a finalised list yet. It's just about server support at the moment. New servers are being put online as we speak to support the Xbox One and it's Cloud based content. It's a major upgrade to the current system and just going to take a little while. Still not convinced by either console at the moment and am going to wait a little longer for them to sort themselves out. Both consoles play great, I work as QA for a games company here in the UK and have had a look at dev version of both.
  • Here's an idea ... make it so the console doesn't have to connect to the internet! ... problem solved.
  • This is just sad
  • Vive le Canada!
  • and the fail of xbox one gets bigger and bigger @25 only those countrys work.the rest wond work
  • @19 being fairly confident ENGLAND is a country seeing as that is where I'm from, I thought I'd go ahead and take your advice and check wiki 'England (i/ˈɪŋɡlənd/) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom.' Next time don't be such a cock.
  • @2 I think they have realized that they need to focus on the Western markets as that is where they are currently most powerful. If they can steal a lot of sales away from Nintendo and Sony in the Anglophone, Romance and Germanic speaking markets then in theory they could offset what meager sales (as a percentage of total sales obviously) that they currently have in the Asian Nintendo/Sony powerhouse. Trouble is I think they have alienated a lot of people (note not me however) in the market that they are pushing for with a string of awful PR decisions and thoughtless rhetoric.
  • you can play xbox one on youre xbox accound whit youre new xbox games and youre xbox live in youre xbox country on youre xbox tv
  • I'd like to point out it's 23. The UK is 3 countries. England, Scotland and Wales.
  • @many I wonder if there aren't more foreigners in Japan that own 360s than Japanese people...all of my gaming friends here have one, and only three or four students I've met in 9 years have had a 360. If it's not geographically restricted, does that mean I'd be able to use it here since I have a US Live account? I am currently able to use some features like the games marketplace and some videos but get the nonsense "this is unavailable in your region" from time to time. You can fly all over the world but you can't watch certain videos on youtube...SMH
  • one thing i dont get about all the bitching is, you bitch about stuff that doesnt affect you, i dont care where its released, its released in the uk so thats good enough for me, i have 100mb broadband so im not fussed, my 360, ps3 and laptop are always connected to the internet so it doesnt cause me an issue, this is the same for you guys.... even if countries like japan etc had it at launch, this doesnt affect you, have you tried gaming with anyone outside your terrortary, i remember playing lost planet with people in japan, n the lag and latency was so bad they were invisible, even now playing with people from outside of europe is so laggy, same if your stateside you dont like playing with uk or europeans because of lag etc... people always are gonna piss n moan, but if it doesnt affect you why??? if you dont like something dont buy it, microsoft are getting a lot of hate but at the end of the day they are gonna come out on top, purely on their business model and the partnerships they have and are developing.....
  • Edit: 4... I forgot Northern Ireland, lol. So 24 overall.
  • @38. Four, actually. The correct term is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. @19 bellend....
  • Xbox one won't be launching in japan due to licensing issues. It will released next year for asia.
  • @19 - I'm not sure if you're joking but England is a Country (as are Scotland and Wales). The United Kingdom is regarded as a Sovereign State.
  • @ 40.yes YOU do but not everyone els dos.thats the point
  • So what'll happen if someone in a not on the list country tries to use an X1?
  • @46 then ure x1 wond work
  • My country is not here! PS4 for me
  • @ 5 Says it all really, one of the biggest games coming, unbelievable.
  • @19 - I really hope you are trolling. If not you really need to get off the internet and go read some books or something. Maybe attend school.
  • I can't believe they've forgotten about Belarus! =(((( =)
  • It should be noted that whilst the PS4 doesn't have a region restriction, they openly admitted they will supply to US and Western Europe first and foremost and move on to the rest. Not sure how much truth there is to that but I'm sure it was a news story based off of comments made by a Sony executive.
  • Sony = Republic MS = Sith Empire Fuck ´em.
  • @53 But they have cookies!
  • Xbox dont sale at all in japan
  • No China or India. That's ok, I don't think many people live there anyway. *rolls eyes*
  • About a week ago, MS was, "committed to Japan" for the next generation. Seems that changed rather quickly. Speaking of, what did Iceland do to piss Microsoft off? Ditto all of South America that isn't Brazil. This really highlights well the part of MS's strategy for this generation that I simply don't get: t absolutely guarantees making less money than they otherwise could. Without this always-on* nonsense, they'd be able to release it in any country that doesn't outright ban the hardware. With it in place, all they have are the 21 above plus whatever others they add in the next 4 months. Even if the sales in those countries aren't overly high, as long as at least one person would buy one, MS is losing out on a sale. This policy also guarantees that anyone without an adequate internet connection cannot buy the Xbone, which means MS is losing all of those sales too. It's a policy that just doesn't make sense. Especially given a) the large number of 360s that aren't connected to Live at all (75 million 360s, only 46 million Live accounts), and only slightly more than half of those (~25 million) have a gold account. In other words 2/3 of their current install base are people who can't or won't use the Xbone because of this requirement. That's a huge fucking loss. *Yes, I know, it isn't "always" on, but "mostly always-on" takes too long to type.
  • Instead of concentrating Japan, they should've concentrate the southern part of asia. seriously more console gamers than Japanese gamers itself where a lot of them play portable mobile games.
  • Why are you complaining chances of you commenting on this, and not being from one of them countries is low. so shut the fuck up.
  • @23: don mattrick is putting in all the "extra shit" as far as i can tell nearly all of the stuff with no relation to games are his ideas. still waiting for it to be renamed xbox don with his face on it. OT: this is stupid i mean capcom is japanesse right.although im more concerned about when the servers shut down for xbox one in about 10-15 years all the games will cease to work so this console is essentioly worthless in the long run
  • Don't really see the big deal, it's the same every generation. I remember having to wait months for my N64 and gamecube as they were released in the UK after the japanese market. Microsoft can't roll out to the world on day one so they concentrated on 21 countries to start with and will keep adding more throughout 2014. If they attempted to roll out to everyone on day one the 21 countries on the list wouldn't be getting a launch this year. Microsoft have spent more money marketing the 360 to the japanese market than any other, yet it still saw the worst sales there.
  • @56 you cannot legally sell consoles in china Japan isn't on the list as does it make sense to ship some of your supply's to a country that will just keep them sitting there on the store shelves or to the countries that they will sell in.
  • @58 mobile games are popular in this area because consoles are against the law in china. I'm not saying people there have not still got them but it means microsoft wouldnt be able to launch live there as the console is against the law to be played.
  • Well, there won't be a Sword Art Online on the Xbox One either, it would seem. Note: greater than and less than signs aren't supported? @[email protected]
  • @40 people bitching about this are the same people that doesn't want the UK (or any other place) to be left out on day one when the XboxTwo arrives. Google "empathy", apathic.
  • @61 exactly right. theyve only invested xxx amount of cashola and that only gives them xxx amount of launch consoles. im sure they want those where they are gonna sell. when the xbox 360 launched in Japan,there were severel hundred thousand unsold 360s there while the Uk and US had shortages. the best part of this lauch will be all the people who think theyve got consoles pre-ordered, only to find out there are not enough to fill all the pre-order sales. ill continiue to play my 360 for ages.
  • Wow M$ knows how to sell... what about other people that according to m$ lives in unmaped places? Oh yeah we have ps4
  • @19 i think you need to read the wiki again instead of spouting your bullshit on here. you dont think England is a country? Dumbass
  • There are, like, 210 countries in the world, so it means that the Xbone will work in just 10% of them. Wow, good job Microsoft! Fail after fail. Even if I live in Canada, I will buy the PS4...
  • Another trully awesome idea. They're on fire lately !
  • Japan is playstation
  • @67 That only works if you think that shunning certain countries on launch won't generate any ill-will towards MS. I doubt that will be true.
  • The XBone user base just keeps getting smaller and smaller. Basically you can't have one if you live outside these countries, are in the armed forces or live/work in an area with poor or no internet connection.
  • more bad news, i wonder what tomorrow will bring, another disaster no doubt
  • A good portion of Polish people are in the UK anyway, so they're not too affected. The UK is not a country, but in fairness, MS said it will be released in these markets, it didn't say countries.
  • I would rather listen to a Japanese person who I can't understand than an annoying American 12 year old who 'banged my mom last night
  • @76 and @77 both correct!
  • I like how many of you are jumping the gun and assuming that not only will the ps4 work in countries not on this list, but be available on launch! Also, it was never, EVER stated in the article that the xbone would never make it to other countries....
  • @19 No really, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are all countries in their own right. Historically Wales isn't however, as it was regarded as a principality of England after it was conquered by the English in 1283, hence why the Welsh flag is not incorporated into the Union Flag like those of England (St. George's Cross), Scotland (St. Andrew's Cross) and the now otherwise unused Cross-Border Flag of Ireland (St. Patrick's Cross). Although by modern standards, Wales is also very much it's own country like the other 3 states that make up the UK. In a similar vein, technically speaking the USA is a Collection of 50 (plus Washington D.C.) different countries that have nominated (or in the case of the former CSA member states, been forced to) to operate as a Federal Republic. Germany's states also have a similar situation, particular Freistaat Bayern (Bavaria ) but it's a bit more complicated.
  • Italy!
  • Not surprised about Japan. Western games and systems never do well there. Nintendo and Sony pretty much have their home nation locked down.
  • @57 You can't base assumptions on the difference between live accounts and consoles sold - that assumes one console per live account, which just isn't the case. For example, I've been through 1x original, 2x elites and now have 2x slims. (Those were all new purchases - the original died once and was replaced as did one of the elites). That's 5x new consoles in the last 7 years. I only have 1x Live account. I'm far from the only person with a live account who has upgraded to an elite, and then to a slim. The number of people who have done that is extremely vast.
  • So the xbox360 didnt't sell (well) in Japan so they've basically can't be arsed launching the Xbone in japan at all! ... at least at "launch"
  • never mind what countries they're not selling to , they might want to think what countries in that list that won't be buying an XBONE,the ongoing disaster for Microsoft....
  • Makes me laugh the way some you respond to news like this. Unless you're Japanese or Polish, or from one of the other countries you have no reason to be bummed out. So shut the fuck up
  • @80 - Nice to see someone trying to educate people that can't learn to look into a topic before blurting garbage about it out. Honestly the this is just a rough list months before launch, they will keep working on making more countries eligable but for now we have atleast 21 (or 23)confirmed. Also to the people that keep saying "I'm getting PS4!" no one really cares... most people are going to buy both anyone, honestly I probably won't get either as they both seem bad so far...
  • To be fair on Microsoft the 360 bombed in Japan so why should they bother ?
  • Canada is on the list... don't care about the rest of you schulbs. :P Go buy your PS4 guys, enjoy it. I know you will. I know I'll enjoy mine if I ever get one, but in the meantime, I'll enjoy my Xbone.
  • @ 5 just because its made there doesn't mean Xbox support is needed they probably have a developing console that doesn't need always online
  • WTF, there is Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland but not Poland? LOLETE M$
  • It's great when people say it doesn't affect them so why should they care. Hopefully one day they get affected by something and nobody will give a shit.
  • @19 you geographical retard lmfao thanks for the laugh your as idiotic as M$
  • @92 - Yup. Not giving a shit about anyone but yourself is Microsoft's plan here, so they're clearly the target audience.
  • For everyone who says Japan does not matter because of the 360's low sales. That is precisely why MS needs to launch there, they need to do everything they can to try and improve the situation and try the hardest to get a foothold there. as for all the countries unable to get the Xbox one, Do MS realise that those people will not wait and just buy a PS4. they are effectively handing those countries to sony. and those poor deluded people who want the next xbox and are saying they dont care because it does not affect them are not seeing the bigger picture. If the PS4 starts massively outselling the Xbox one then the publishers will drop support and no exclusives will come to the xbox. one way or another MS's bad decisions will eventually affect you.
  • so...when you eg got for summer in country not included,you cant play. nice:D
  • jonboy1977 you speak sense my friend i salute you
  • Similar to the movie and music industry, games and other content must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale - which means that games will work in the broad geographic regions for which they have been cleared, much as today with Xbox 360 does it mean if i live in germany i cant play games from the uk anymore??
  • @ 39, i live in japan and often moves through asia. so no xbox one for me after 10 years of xbox live. nice job, ms just lost many many loyal customers trying to force players to think, act and like exactly what they want us to do. i don't give a damn about tv, msn, fb, IE and radio on my box, i wanna play the best games with my friends, no more. it seems Sony understood what a console is supposed to do. i don't even mention after 10 years of loyalty, i didn't get anything special and the live rewards site is also a joke, what am i supposed to do with 20 free ms points per month ? plus, the hilarious conference of ms managers litterally saying if you don't have internet you can go f*** yourself and if you don't live where they want you are worthless. for the sake of the industry, i hope xone will fail and ms will come back with a better view in 2016 or 2017 and provide good gaming experience like they did with 360. tales of xillia ==> PS4.
  • @40 It's call sympathy. Everyone who's 'bitching' about the stuff that doesn't affect them know how much it has to suck for the people that can't meet these standards for XBone, that should be in place to begin with. Give me reasons as to why these RESTRICTIONS should be in place, and maybe you'll convince me that buying a Xbone at launch isn't one of the worst ideas imaginable. You're the exact gamer that I would like to punch in the face because you're sense of self is what was and still is ruining the gaming industry even before Microsoft took the wheel recently. @79 I think it's safe to assume that the PS4 will undoubtedly be releasing in more than these 21 countries alone since they don't have these BS guidelines to follow. Also, it doesn't matter if it makes it to the other countries or not, it's the fact that Microsoft is practically alienating countries AND cutting their sales at launch. As I said to #40 above, explain to me WHY Microsoft would want to do something like that. Basically what I'm getting at here is that practically EVERYTHING Microsoft is doing makes no fucking sense. Not from THEIR point of view, certainly not from MY POV, and definitely not from a hackers POV.
  • lmao, even in the most of those 21 countries the PS4 will mop the Xbox One up, e.g. Germany.
  • This site has become a joke since E3. Almost every article, XB1 related or not, is filled with people bitching and moaning about the system they won't buy. Okay, that's fine. Go ahead and move over to the PS3T site if you're really going to make the switch and aren't just hopping on the bandwagon. You don't see us on that site doing this childish shit.
  • This is absolutely ridiculous. All those Countries where you are just telling your consumers to wait with no specific deadline is just pushing them into buying the competition. I know I wouldn't wait, and if I was a loyal customer, I wouldn't buy one when they did launch due to the sheer lack of respect shown to me by Microsoft.
  • Oh, and just wait till all those Balkan and Indian hackers start DDosing the Xbox servers...
  • @102 It's not childish shit. It's actual concern for a gaming console that most of us WANTED to get. The people who are saying they'll buy the PS4 are still here because they want to get news about a console they'd probably love to get. Also, nobody on PS3T is over here rubbing it in our faces that the PS4 is better. Xbox fans are rubbing it in our own faces that PS4 is better. THAT'S how bad it is. All this "bitching" isn't unwarranted, and if you think it is, then you're blind and need to pull your head out of your ass. I like the exclusive games that are coming out for XBone. I would love nothing more to play them. I can't do that though since Microsoft decided that putting these inane restrictions on a CONSOLE was a good idea. I will stay on this site until I buy a PS4, THEN I'll jump ship and start posting over there, but I'll still be frequenting this site because I have a little bit of hope that I might see an article about Microsoft changing their guidelines for the XBone. As a side note, your contribution to the topic at hand was absolutely nothing at all. Your childish bitching about others supposed childish shit is completely asinine.
  • Luxembourgh (between france, belgium, germany and the netherlands) is not listed. Seems quite stupid since they could use any of those countries servers without much delay
  • I don't like XBOX One but japan don't care about Microsoft, so even not release it there would not be a joke. By the way, japan is not the first country for the games market since a while ago, some people seems to live in the past.
  • And for people who say there wasn't enough promotionals things, no. Japan people are mainly focused on their country, so they'll mainly buy Japanese stuff, that's a reality. As lot of americans will buy an xbox because Microsoft is an american company, and I think that's why Microsoft is counting on). Europeans don't care about Japan or American console as both of them are foreign products so that's where the difference will be done in terms of sells.
  • @83: Good point. Of course, the flipside of that would be the various households with more than one gold account per xbox (families, a whole roommate-type situation, even the dreaded frat houses, etc.). That said, there's almost certainly far more of the case you've described than what I'm mentioning here. I still think there's good reason to believe there are a significant number of 360s with no gold account associated with them (I find it hard to believe that the average gold subscriber is on their 3rd box), but you're certainly right that I was mistaken to cite it at 2/3. Probably overall somewhere between 1/8-1/3 would be my best guess.
  • @2 It's probably the smartest thing MS did in the past few months, not investing in Japan! Don't you know that the 360 sold like a 100 units ever since it launched in Japan? The Japanese just prefer their domestic over foreign products, whether its the better product or not. Judging by what we've seen at E3, the Xbox One just doesn't stand a chance, especially not in a Sony biased country.
  • People crying Japan isn't supported. Hey guys, guess what: The Japanese aren't that fond of the Xbox/Xbox360 as we are in the west. The only time even they sold some more, was when Akira Toriyama (Yes, that guy from Dragonball/Z/Chrono Trigger) made Dragon Blue for 360. And besides, MS was so smart to make TETRIS (I shit you not!) one of the 360's launchgames. No fucking shit Japan is skipped this time!!!
  • If you're not in one of the listed countries, or on a nuclear sub then too bad #dealwithit. Get an Xbox 360! *sarcasm*
  • @91 Yeah it is pretty surprising and ridiculous that Poland, The Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia and Croatia aren't on this list. These places aren't in the USSR or Communist anymore like a lot of people still imagine them to be and I'd wager they are a lot more civilized and advanced than Mexico, with a much better technological infrastructure too, so why is MS neglecting them? @106 I don't know for sure and not saying that these places don't matter but I'm guessing that Micro-States will come under other nations i.e. San Marino and the Vatican under Italy, Monaco under France, Lichtenstein under Switzerland, Andorra under Spain or France, possibly Gibraltar under Spain or the UK and Luxembourg under Germany, France or Belgium.
  • pre-ordered xbone and a couple games already hopefully I can have them all paid off before its out.
  • It clearly states in the article that the list of countries isn't final, and they'll add more in the coming months. Seeing as the Xbox One won't release for almost half a year from now, I think it's premature to yell at MS if your country isn't on the list yet, although I understand the frustration. But The US and the UK have it much better than anyone else with the 360 as well. Lots of things that are available for those two regions is not available for everyone else. Xbox Indie games for example has never been available in Scandinavia. Lots of promotions are US or UK only etc. I understand that MS is a US company and they cater first and foremost to their own, but that doens't mean I still haven't had lots of fun with the 360 for the last 7 years. I can't imagine they will exclude Japan, since there are a lot of developers there (Konami, Capcom, Sqaure-Enix and so on) and a lot of people still buy games from those companies. So I'm not arguing with people complaining, just saying that you should wait a while (at least until release) to vent your frustrations.
  • I'm a big Xbox mark but man it's getting tougher and tougher to stand behind them. A lot of my friends don't have internet beyond a smart phone and now they can't even buy an Xbox one. They better have a new Halo up their sleeve or it may be a long generation for them. What's the over under on forced internet connectivity being dropped?
  • for a company and console that promotes connectivity and access at every chance they get, they're pretty much limiting their market on day one, kinda ironic.
  • Lmao this is just further justifying my PS4 preorder. PLAYSTATION WINS!
  • http://www.neowin.net/news/anonymous-xbox-engineer-explains-drm-and-microsofts-xbox-one-intentions
  • People need to realize that microsofr doesn't just forgett other countries, they may be some restrictions or government issues that doesn't allow microsoft access to their markets. The Xbox 360 is available right now in 40+ countries but when it launched it wasn't available in all of them. It takes time to resolve the legal aspects of a product entering a market.
  • @57: Uses term with asterisk to signify a disclaimer. Types out whole disclaimer explaining he didn't use the correct term because it takes too long too type. Seems legit.
  • Well done Microsoft you've just give the PS4 an easy victory in the console war even though you aren't releasing a game console your giving us a TV remote. We have Sky for TV,we have computers for Skype,multimedia etc and we have top off the range smart phones for all the other crap you say the Xbox one can do,what we want is a games console for playing games,online,offline and if I want to borrow my friends games I should be able to. Now top gaming countries like Japan will miss out,PS4 anyone lol.
  • http://i.imgur.com/tvXzEGE.png
  • microsoft just keep fucking things up don't they. was gonna stick with them for the one but now i really think i can't be assed. gonna be ps4.
  • I kind of miss playing Super Marion Brothers 3 in my room trying to pass it. Now I can't go anywhere with someone bitching about everything.
  • I live in Australia, have a Wii U and will 99% likely to get a PS4. For anyone desperate enough to import an Xbox One, it shouldn't be too difficult to make a USA account.
  • > The Japanese just prefer their domestic over foreign products, whether its the better product or not Based on what facts, exactly? The iPhone sells incredibly well over here, as do Dell computers and Microsoft windows. None of those are Japanese products.... The xbox and xbox360 sold badly because they have always been promoted badly here. The Playstation and Wii are everywhere while MS are just happy to tag along.
  • This news broke me finally. As someone who travels overseas 3 times a year for about 4 months to Africa for work, and someone who imports systems for some of the marines neighboring in my area, I'm truly sad that I can't play the Xbox 1 there. I understood that online would be an issue, but lack of support anyway is truly a disappointment. Microsoft, maybe one day you'll do an update that fixes a lot of these problems. I will continue to support the 360, but for the next gen I'm sorry to say I'm going for the PS4. If you fix your problems, I would happily accept you with open arms.
  • This is a really big slap in the face to CD Projekt Red. The fact that they have not stopped all development for The Witcher 3 on the XB1 shows the massive restraint that they have.
  • Well, FUCK MICROSOFT !!!! I live in Kuwait and I play Xbox 360 since the past 6 7 years !!! WTF are they thinking !!!!
  • No point of Japan getting it they had the lowest sales for any major country for Xbox 360 looool
  • @131 I wouldn't like you to run my company,it doesn't matter if the 360 didn't sell good in Japan its still one off the biggest in the world for gaming so for your next product you change what went wrong with the first product.Change marketing,product placement etc,you don't turn around and not make it available for months and give your competitors an open market to hammer you. Xbox one is all about the money and it shows how Microsoft has messed up by saying to 30 million none live users to either like it are lump it.Who do they think will buy this product,why would none gamers who have already computers,TV's tablets etc want it.Im sorry but I've yet to read any mags,forums are reviews who think in these hard economic times that Microsoft are onto a winner.
  • @113 I see what you are saying. I'm just looking at a map of Europe and comparing it to the list which is on here and it does seem that if these are the ONLY countries that are getting the Xbox One, then Europe will be scattered on where you can use the Xbox One, which isn't going to do Microsoft any favors.
  • Japan doesn't care about the Xbox, nice M$ have finally got that. Shame they don't understand anything else.
  • this xbox one is just sounding worse nad worse as time goes on....I cgood company has good ethics, we watched the xbox take on playstation as the underdog and then became the industry leader, now it seems sony is the underdog, we always prefer the underdog not the corporate giant taking all our cash on pointless things, xbox you need to get back to your gamers routes as you are loosing us!!!
  • I thought with Xbox Live being expanded to the 300,000 odd servers they told us about that coverage would get better not worse. Still at least thats forced mine and a lot of other people's hands where console pre-orders are concerned, sticking with 360 for the foreseeable.
  • @19 The UK is a constitutional state, NOT a country. And it is a state made up of four countries (Scotland, England, N Ireland and Wales) Perhaps you should "Go read some wiki articles or something" To make that easy for you please follow this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom
  • Ha, what a complete bunch of knobs Microsoft are, none of there games were even running on dev kits or similar spec PC set up, but instead a GTX780 and running Windows 7, when the Xbox One uses a version of windows 8. So how good will the actual system be able run these games? M$ must have made all these stupid decisions at the yearly office piss up. http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Xbox-One-Games-E3-Were-Running-Windows-7-With-Nvidia-GTX-Cards-56737.html
  • It doesn't concern me as of now, as I am not buying next gen at least for an year because have shit load of games to play in this gen before I switch plus need to see how the response for both consoles go and what is adopted most online wise globally and locally before making the switch. Although I wish MS does launch X1 in Asia soon and in a lot of countries simultaneously otherwise Bring it on Ps4
  • Real facts...Why you should get a XBOX ONE... 1.) Exclusive IPs and the ever mounting number of PS4 IPs losing exclusivity. 2.) The ability to share your game library with 10 friends/family members. 3.) Strongly pushed cloud cluster that has been praised by several developers at E3 that have shown genuine excitement about the ability to use it for things such as offloaded computations. 4.) The most advanced piece of technology found in a console gaming peripheral in the Kinect 2 (Things such as the Rift are not console peripherals, yet). 5.) Strong app development. Applications such as Twitch.tv, Internet Explorer, and Skype. 6.) App docking ala Windows 8. You can snap applications such as the three mentioned above to your existing open application. 7.) Future cross platform potential. Now that Microsoft has a platform sharing similar kernels with their mobile/pc/and gaming space, the potential is insane. 8.) Further SmartGlass integration. 9.) Smart matchmaking. The ability to do out of game match making either on the console or with a device using SmartGlass. 10.) True multitasking. The ability to switch between applications quickly including the Smart matchmaking ability to schedule an online match in one game, while switching back to another game to play while waiting for a match to be found. 11.) What many are saying is a slightly improved version of arguably the best gaming controller on the market. 12.) Cable box pass-through with the HDMI input allowing you to make the Xbox One your one true media device. 13.) DEDICATED. GAMING. SERVERS. 14.) XBL is much superior network over PSN. Adding over 300k Servers for nextgen.
  • @140. sorry but a. most of those things hold no interest for me at all, and to actually use Skype, Kinect, and a Hdmi pass through as reasons to shell out so much money is just desperation. b. as much as you like those features, the simple sad fact is that for me ( and many others ) the negatives still overshadow any positives. Its no good saying why you should buy something when people have far bigger reasons to not buy it. I want an Xbox one, I really do, and all MS has to do is lose the 24 hour check in, let me play from disc, and let me freely buy and trade the games I own. Unlesss that happens, it does not matter how big a list you make of suppoesd reasons to buy one.
  • As I live in one of those 21 countries, these news are just funny(mostly in a bad way).
  • The main point of this is not that you can't get xbox live, but the point is now with the need for an online connection they cannot even import a console and use it even if they wanted to just play offline.
  • Good news:Xbox one in mexico :) Bad news: The internet connection (sometimes is too slow) :(
  • @140 I'm sorry but most off the stuff you said is already on PC's,phones and even internet TV's.What we need is a games console that will play games when ever I want,offline are online. The PS4 will smash the Xbox one because they are giving people what they want,a next Gen games console.Microsoft are giving us a money making machine for them which in today economic crisis is just stupid. Do Microsoft not know there is a world recession,people are cutting back and that's the reason it will not sell.They are giving us a product the world doesn't need and gamers don't want.
  • @140 Cliffy B. IS THAT YOU????????????
  • not sure it matters really. I didn't think many people were getting an xbox this time around
  • No japan? are you totally retarded M$?
  • Xbox One belong to the europeans. PS4 can go to Asians
  • OH GOD :P I thought Netherlands wasn't on the list :P
  • Oh NZ is on the list? That's nice. I just dont feel as though I need to upgrade to the next gen yet. My current xbox seems to be impressive enough, and there are still more than enough games to play. I don't wanna waste money on computers that require constant upgrading to stay relevant.
  • i'm getting both so it dont matter.
  • Not commenting for the topic, just commenting to say: @15, you are an unconscionable piece of garbage. Believe it or not, it's luck that you were born into a family in a first-world country, shit could have been a lot worse for any one of us. Maybe you should mind your tongue before you say shit like, "If you don't have the Internet, your life is worthless." Thomas Edison was a big Internet honcho, I know, so that backs up your statement. Just... just don't.
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