Xbox One release date delayed for some European territories

Microsoft has tonight confirmed that the Xbox One roll-out in Europe will now be staggered across the end of 2013 and start of 2014.

UK is still getting the next-gen console in November – but Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerlandhave to wait until 2014.

At E3 the firm said the console would launch in 21 markets, but the firm has admitted this was "an aggressive goal".

It will now launch in 13 territories this year.

A statement on the news site Xbox Wire said: "The team has been working very hard to deliver Xbox One to as many markets as possible.

"Our priority is ensuring our customers get the best Xbox One experience the first day it is available. To do that, and in order to meet demand, we have adjusted the number of markets that will receive Xbox One in November to 13 markets, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand, in November.

"We remain committed to launching Xbox One in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, as soon as possible in 2014.

"While we wish we could launch Xbox One simultaneously in these markets, there are many factors that determine the timing of specific market launches. This includes work to localise the Xbox One dash, incorporate additional voice and languages, and build partnerships to bring apps and meaningful local content to each country."

As compensation for those who pre-ordered in territories where the device is delayed, Xbox will offer a free pack-in game on launch.

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