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Xbox One coming to India, Russia and 25 other countries in September

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This morning, Microsoft has announced new launch dates for the the Xbox One in various countries this September. The list is massive, but the big countries to really watch includes India, Russia, and Japan.

That's still quite a lead time, giving Sony perhaps an edge on distribution with their PlayStation 4. Other countries for the September launch include Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates.

Eight long years after the Xbox 360 debuted in 2005, the successor console was launched in US and other markets in the last quarter of 2013.

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Anshu Mor, who heads the Xbox business at Microsoft India tweeted this a while back. Anshu’s in Redmond since last week, and might have been working this out at the headquarters. More details about the same will follow in April.

This has been a long wait for Xbox fans in India, but it’s always good to know the specifics instead of waiting blindly. No word on exact pricing yet. If you are on the fence, you might want to check out our comprehensive launch review of the Xbox One.

via: WP7Forum.ru

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Xbox One coming to India, Russia and 25 other countries in September

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It's because they have to make service for each country with all types of content lic and country regulations...it was suppose to be the other way Microsoft was 1st doing it with the always on and game share. But with the negative stories that caused a monkey wrench to be thrown into Microsoft's plan!

That pretty much nails it. Combine that with language support for Xbox and voice recognition support for Kinect and it is a much more significant task than many would assume.

Finally, the X1 will catch up in sales! Sony is selling the PS4 in 4 times as many countries as the Xbox. I think Microsoft has squeezed all they can from their 13 core countries for now.

September is too long. That's 10 months after original launch! Limited distribution hurts sales and is tough to overcome. That is what hindered Surface RT sales when it launched. Wish they could hit these markets sooner.

That'll be kind of awkward though since MS took so long to release 360 in here. The gap between the consoles will be two years :)

Learn what exactly? They released the console to their core market based on market research and pre-order sales figures, and did quite well. Now they are releasing the console to their secondary markets, and will most likely do well there also.

I already bought a PS4 in South Africa, I really wanted an XBox One. Microsofts loss not mine.
#kanyeshrug

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Biggest mistake was to announce the release date, and then look like complete idiots when they changed it to sometime in 2014. People around here thought that would mean feb-march, about 3 months delay. Not more or less a year. Just makes them look like they don't care, and that pisses potential customers off.

They announced the release to drum up pre-order sales. Once they realized that only 13 of the original release countries actually cared (based on market research and said pre-order sales) they changed the release for those other countries which showed lack of interest. That might make potential customers pissy, but it wasn't in Microsoft's best interest to place more time and money on producing early release hardware for those secondary markets.

I don't buy for a second it's because of pre-orders. Afaik the preorders for the one here in Norway was doing quite good, until MS showed us the finger that is. Now "everyone" has opted for the PS4 instead. Just really bad tactics from MS

Of course they do. There just wasn't a strong enough demand to warrant the added cost of supply outside of the 13 initial release countries.

Oh they actually do have sense, great. Can't wait to see it in Poland. I am very, very tied between it and the PS4.
Exclusive franchises which I love and expect to come to the PS4 like Ratchet & Clank, Uncharted, etc.. but then the Xbox is a true media centre with SmartGlass. Tough call.

Well, who need west region of Ukraine anyway? But eastern... Well, they'll always will be free west Ukraine, I can guarantee that.

Although Poland may want their territories back, so who knows?

Lol at Poland wanting is territories =D
Last time it was Poland being split into two, we all know how that deal ended ;)

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Ps 4 was launched like a month ago here in india......and ms will b launching one in september......way to go ms :X

Well, I guess it won't come to Bulgaria any time soon, but good for all those people who will finally have it officaily in their countries.

Getting one from the UK was still worth it. :)

This is nothing particularly new as far as games console releases go, is it? If I recall, the Sega Mega Drive (aka Genesis) launched in Japan in 1988, the U.S. in 1989 and Europe in 1990. GameCube was several months, too, and PSs 1 and 2 were very staggered, without serious detriment to sales.

Shh.. you're making too much sense. We can't be bothered to use previous marketing precedence in our irrational arguments as to why this release cycle doesn't fit our personal needs. *heavy dose of sarcasm* ;)

Citing examples from the 1980s is outdated and totally irrelevant to the contemporary market. Not only is the videogame industry a gerbillion-fold larger, but this thing globalization happened and people largely expect launch parity.

Staggered launches are a staple within the industry. Supply and demand doesn't simply vanish because of globalization. In fact it becomes an even larger player. To supply all regions at the same time, while also trying to release your product against your competitors with scheduling parity is too risky a move for even small product markets. I believe they should have been further prepared to supply secondary markets/regions and possibly have created a tertiary market/region group, however that is all mute now, no?

Proud? For September? They should be ashamed! At the US release last year, Switzerland (and 11 other countries) were announced for "as early possible in 2014"... :-(

I bet the price drops first and they're cheaper at release time for those markets and that's why the delay.

It would make sense IF among those markets weren't the richest countries in the World in terms of income per capita (Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland...). People from those countries have way more disposable income than Americans. So I doubt price is the problem.

September? Lol Good luck selling them here in Portugal. By that time, everyone who would be willing to pay full price for a console will already have bought a PS4. Unless those consoles that arrive in September come without the Kinect and at a lower price, Sony's PS4 will keep beating imtye Xbone in sales.

Sony has risen the price in Canada. Only. And deservedly so...time for Canadians to pay for Justin Bieber! /jk
And precisely for that, they can't expect to sell 1 year old consoles at the price of launch. So if they expect to sell those consoles in September, they better lower the price.

Didn't they cancelled orders there? Or was that just a game?
Still, 2 countries don't make the rule.

No reason not to push our lovely country in better place. Even only with a small thing. At least, our country can be seen by others:))

Almost a year delay...by the time comes the heat gone and less excited no more. Every single time Microsoft do things this way, why can't they learn from others? Sony able to release it earlier and Microsoft don't have the money to do so? Apple able to push update to all users globally and Microsoft love to do it batch by batch and every time when the updates come excitement gone...good marketing strategy...real good...

Hmm, no Hong Kong or Taiwan? Any big markets missing from that list? I'm wondering if they will have another announcement for the countries that may get it sooner?

NETHERLANDS!! FINALLY!!! After two thouuuusand years. Good thing I imported it. September was wayyy to long a wait.

Oh Microsoft, WHY?!!!! I'm not a gamer but this must be frustrating having to wait so long and lately Microsoft's performance is just sad from Surface availability to Skype functionality now they have apps releasing on other platforms without prioritizing theirs first and very very late WP8.1 (and I'm sure we will only receive it in 2015 when it's announced in April 2014! I just don't understand I mean why can't they just learn from their competition and release products right after being announced, why can't they just completely finish the product and announce and release at the same time all the other companies are doing it. I really like Windows but if it wasn't for Nokia I would have jumped ship long ago but I have a feeling Nokia is going the same direction the 1320 and 1520 was announced in Oct/Nov 2013 but they missed the most important season to cash in on it and here in South Africa we just got the 1520 and we have no word of the 1320. These are fast times we live in and if you ain't fast you get left behind WAKE UP MICROSOFT!

In Slovakia nearly everyone bought ps4 because ps4 is available here while xbox not and because ps4 has higher performance.

Israel only got the 360 officially last year, they even had Balmer there to announce it so getting the one so quickly is surprising