Xbox One Limited To 21 Countries At Launch

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Xbox One Limited To 21 Countries At Launch

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Microsoft's Xbox One preorder information page states that the console will only support Live in only 21 countries at launch, and therefore presumably won't work anywhere else.

If you were planning on preordering an Xbox One console, you'd be well advised to do yourself a favor and make sure you live in one of these 21 nations:

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

Why? Because it is in those nations, and those nations only (unless Microsoft changes its mind between now and then) that the Xbox One will be supported through Xbox Live at launch. And since the Xbox One requires online game activation and a daily connection to the central scrutinizer, which I assume must take place via Xbox Live, the unavoidable conclusion is that the console just won't work outside of those countries.

It seems fairly straightforward and yet it's so hard to believe that I can't help thinking that I must be misinterpreting the situation somehow. After all, we're not talking about a lack of support in, say, Equitorial Guinea or the Pitcairn Islands; the list omits nations like Portugal, Japan, Ukraine, Greece and Poland, ironically the homeland of Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt. These are potentially huge chunks of the international market that Microsoft appears to be willfully and completely bypassing.

It's possible that a stopgap plan will be put into place to enable the system's functionality in non-Live regions, although no mention of such a thing is made on the site. It does warn, however, that "Xbox One games are for activation and distribution only in specified geographic regions."

Source: Microsoft

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"Don't worry gaise! Next E3 we'll be announcing more countries!"

What else can I say really? This is such a spectacular fail I can't find anything that can be more expressive than the house facepalm.

Andy Chalk:
It's possible that a stopgap plan will be put into place to enable the system's functionality in non-Live regions, although no mention of such a thing is made on the site.

Imagine the reaction if they did have a workaround for the rest of the world, then refused to let it be implemented in these 21 countries.

This would be the worst thing they could possibly do. So based on recent behaviour, they probably will.

Hey, Escapist, I have your next article idea all here: "Breaking News: Microsoft doesn't want your money."

Damn, my country is included on that list

I expect that this list will expand as and when Microsoft gets permission in other countries to sell a product with a spy-cam Kinect that is permanently on, or something similar. I imagine that there is some feature or another they will need to be approved before these other countries will accept it, or else there is still some form of paperwork to be filled out.

Or they are just stupid. Really, really stupid.

Hahahahahahahahaha. This is really funny.

Said Sony.

In other news, Microsoft still aims to sell over a hundred million Xbox One consoles, compared to 77.5m currently sold 360s

Keep hammering Microsoft, you'll have that coffin sealed in no time.

And these Countries will be the first to burn when the end comes.

Dominic Crossman:
Damn, my country is included on that list

I thought the same thing.

OT: Either Microsoft is retarded, or they're actively trying their best to lose the next console generation race.

Are they just looking to have a good enough excuse to bow out of the console business? They've already pissed off a large number of gamers in their own back yard, now they're taking the hate train international. Silly, silly moves.

"Omits nations like Portugal, Japan, Ukraine, Greece and Poland." I dont know if you guys follow the news, but the populations of Greece and Portugal do not have much disposable income at the moment, businesses are fleeing both countries and youth (the people most likely to buy these consoles) unemployment is at record levels of 65% and 40+% respectively. The 360 never sold well in Japan and Ukraine is one of the poorest countries in Europe. You can criticise Microsoft for a lot of things relating to the xbone, but this just seems like a smart business decision to me in that they are focusing their resources on the areas where they are actually going to make reasonable returns.

I do suppose an imported american console will still play in, say, germany?
And what about imported games anyway?

Raesvelg:
Keep hammering Microsoft, you'll have that coffin sealed in no time.

Coffin ? At this point they are building boat for a Norse funeral. The pyre will be spectacular.

Captcha: background noise, what the xbone is becoming.

Wow, I didn't think things on the Xbox 1 front could get any worst. It is clear that Microsoft no longer wants complete world domination of the console market.

That sucks for anyone wanting an Xbox living in an unapproved country.

So basically, the entire market for these will be getting themselves mod chip models on grey import?

I guess they've gone to the logical extreme of that 'people without broadband don't exist' line and are now only acknowledging the existence of the twenty one countries who called friendsies first, the rest can all go home, losers.

I think the Xbox has got some deep scars inside it, something nasty happened in it's childhood, maybe it was all those consoles dying off one by one to RROD and now Xbox can't handle or understand the emotions that tragedy has caused and it's causing them to subconsciously want to commit suicide.

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EDIT: Because I can't believe that they'd only sell the thing in 21 countries, maybe ' Requires account on Xbox Live in an Xbox One-supported Xbox Live country (not all Xbox Live countries).' means that people in countries without Xbox Live support don't have to do the DRM bs?

Hey look at all those countries that Nintendo and Sony no longer have to worry about competing with Microsoft over. Must be some headbutting over laws going on to make xbox not show up in places like Japan which to me is the most bizarre. I'm sure we will hear why those countries are excluded sooner rather than later. Sony and Nintendo must be getting exhausted from all the non stop partying over all this great new MS keeps releasing.

Sorry had to do it.

You know one of those decisions that just make you want to scream, nonintelegently, this is one of them.

yep well done, drm that makes it physically impossible to use in certain country's, freaking heck....

Tee-hee, Hungary is Xbone-free!

There will be zero Xbones around my 150 kilometer radius!

wooty:
Are they just looking to have a good enough excuse to bow out of the console business? They've already pissed off a large number of gamers in their own back yard, now they're taking the hate train international. Silly, silly moves.

They don't need a excuse to bow out of it, quite a few of their shareholder wanted them to get rid of xbox division even when xbox360 was at it best, has the division is not profitable enough compared to the rest of their business, has it require too much investment.

captcha: peg out, I don't think I even need to explain that one. =p

Ironside:
The 360 never sold well in Japan

Compared to the other two. It still sold 1.6 million units. That's what they are now throwing away in this one country alone, because they can't be bothered to set up store there.

So that's one more thing for Sony to announce in one of their press conferences and piss all over Microsoft.

"The PS4 will not be available in the following countries at launch: ...Only kidding! We're not twats. trolololol"

Well you can preorder it in Romania. Don't know anybody who would want to do that and they may end up with a 500$ blu ray player that only plays american region disks. Then again PSN doesn't support Romania so if anyone from Sony asks I live on 10 Downing Street. In other news I'm getting a PS4.

Well at least I can get it if I go crazy some day. But I'd have to go really fuckin' bonkers to consider it.

Of course, can't have that TV nonsense working everywhere at once because nearly every country has their own system.

They sure as hell aren't positioning themselves well with that though.

So, at least in terms of the global market, this console generation is purely between Sony and Nintendo. I don't have a problem with that.

You know, I know its pretty much standard for Africa to be the butt monkey of the world in all things, but really, couldn't even throw South Africa a bone? Not even?

Well, I wasn't going to buy it anyway, but it still urks me just a little. Silly, I know, but there it is.

loa:
I do suppose an imported american console will still play in, say, germany?
And what about imported games anyway?

no it wont. they are sasying there will be no xbox live support. that means you cant connect to the servers every 24 hours like the xbone requires. you will have simply imported a door stop for all the use you will get from it.

Hey, Microsoft! Looks like you're gonna need this:

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Ya know, for all them holes your digging.

That's ok. That's about 21 more than is needed.

No China? No India? No africa? Thats like how much of the worldpopulation?

Also no Japan or korea? Thats like how much of the gamerpopulation?

Also: ´Murica
...and to be fair `uroba!

Huh, no Japan means no games from their studios on the console unless they are foreign studios. Considering the fact I actually play those games, I've now got yet another reason not to buy this natural disaster of a product.

I just realized something else. Microsoft has officially just stated that 2/3rds of the world's population is incapable of using this system. Wow.

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