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Microsoft Scales Back Xbox One Launch

14 Aug, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

MTV Comes to Xbox Live

Microsoft Aug. 14 said it was scaling back its launch plans for its next-generation gaming console, pushing back the debut of the Xbox One to 2014 for eight countries.

Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland won’t have access to the console until next year, while Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and New Zealand are still slated to see the console at retail in November.

“While we wish we could launch Xbox One simultaneously in [every market], there are many factors that determine the timing of specific market launches,” Microsoft stated in a blog post. “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.”

Microsoft is offering those in the affected countries who’ve already preordered an Xbox One Day One system a free game via local retailers.

In other Xbox news, MTV now has a channel on Xbox Live, offering full TV episodes, bonus content from shows, Video Music Awards coverage, MTV News and more for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

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