Rumor: Microsoft won't launch Xbox One in Nordic countries until Q3 2014

Microsoft originally announced that the Xbox One would launch in 21 markets on November 22nd, but later revealed that eight of those countries (Russia, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark) would see their own launches delayed until some time in 2014. Now a new report claims, via unnamed sources, that at least four of those countries won't see the Xbox One sold in their markets until the third quarter of next year.

GameReactor claims that the Nordic countries of Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark are the ones that won't see the Xbox One until the July-September 2014 time frame. The article gave no reasons for such a long wait and also didn't know if the other four countries on Microsoft's original launch list would have to face a similar release time frame.

In August, Microsoft said that it takes a lot of time and effort to get the Xbox One to work in each of its markets, including localizing each version of the Dashboard, adding Kinect voice and language support and setting up local content and apps.

Neowin asked Microsoft to comment on this rumor. A company spokesperson sent over the following statement: "On Nov. 22, we launched Xbox One in 13 markets worldwide and our focus is on launching in more markets next year. Other than that, we have no further comment."

Source: GameReactor | Image via Microsoft

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I seriously doubt this rumor, it would make no sense. My suspicions is that this is yet another of the GAF trolls making up stuff to make XO look bad so their friends will buy PS 4, thats the only rationale I can figure out for this incessant fake rumoring. Should be sometime Q1. Personally if it's early Q1 I'll wait, if it's late Q1 I'll most likely order from MS Germany.

HawkMan said,
I seriously doubt this rumor, it would make no sense. My suspicions is that this is yet another of the GAF trolls making up stuff to make XO look bad so their friends will buy PS 4, thats the only rationale I can figure out for this incessant fake rumoring. Should be sometime Q1. Personally if it's early Q1 I'll wait, if it's late Q1 I'll most likely order from MS Germany.

How does GAF have anything to do with Gamereactor?

Audioboxer said,

How does GAF have anything to do with Gamereactor?


They must get their rumor mangers from somewhere, seems the most likely place, that's where they all live.

Why back away from your first choice? By the time the Xbox launches here, it will have a great portfolio already on day one, and most of the bugs will already be fixed. Great day one value.

Jarrichvdv said,
Why back away from your first choice? By the time the Xbox launches here, it will have a great portfolio already on day one, and most of the bugs will already be fixed. Great day one value.

so will the ps4.

torrentthief said,

so will the ps4.


Ofcourse ;-) but it seems his first choice was the Xbox. Why go for a second choice if you can get your first choice too?

I'm an Xbox Elite Team member for Microsoft Belgium and we are led by the Xbox Product Manager for Belgium; he has confirmed to us that he is not aware of any launch plans whether it be Q1 or Q3 for the delayed countries. He would, IMO, be the first one in the country to know more about it if it where true, so be aware that these are still rumours!

Levent Cinar said,
Ps4 launches on feb 22, in japan. Oly then will we start to see good japanese games, meaning the next gen hasn't even started yet

Since when did niche Japanese games decide when next gen starts anyway l

They limit is the factories. You can go the Sony route and release it but not have any realistic expectations of ever buying one, or go the MSFT route and release it in places where they will make sure you can get one. Either way is the same. Sony is spreading out the production, MSFT is focusing it.

neonspark said,
They limit is the factories. You can go the Sony route and release it but not have any realistic expectations of ever buying one, or go the MSFT route and release it in places where they will make sure you can get one. Either way is the same. Sony is spreading out the production, MSFT is focusing it.

If you think the xbox one won't have enough stock for 9 months you are crazy! This delay will likely be due to cable/satellite integration or marketing reasons, microsoft want to target their marketing dept towards countries with high populations first.

Torolol said,
nah, those northians can always buy the xbone on their U.E neighbor ..

Belgium here and yes, france is just 1hour away but the online functions are still for 2014