Microsoft: Xbox One Delay Due to Localization, “Launch Volumes Not an Issue”
Microsoft’s Albert Penello also states that Xbox One games won’t be region-locked.
Microsoft recently announced that the Xbox One would be launching this November in 13 markets, rather than the earlier stated 21. This means that Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland will face a delay in the console’s release, with the Xbox One being available in Q1 2014 for these markets.
Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Kinect planning lead Albert Penello recently stated on NeoGAF that the delay isn’t due to shortage of launch volumes but rather localization for the Dashboard.
“Launch volumes are not really an issue. This was simply a software issue in terms of getting local language and voice support in the dash. it’s pretty straightforward, but disappointing I know for people who are missing launch. Obviously, I support people waiting for the official supported launch in the affected markets for the best experience.”
Penello also pointed out that the Xbox One is not region locked – and for that matter, neither are its games. “First – all games are WW signed. Not all 360 games are. Second – The console will work everywhere (keeping in mind power supplies). You can use one of the 13 digital marketplaces corresponding to our launch markets, assuming you have a valid payment instrument for those countries. Lots of people in Europe specifically travel, move, and visit family.”
Certain services like Netflix however would only work in their corresponding countries.