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Xbox One Launches In Japan, 25 Other Countries This September

By William Usher 2014-03-18 16:20:36 discussion comments
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Additional territories have been announced for the Xbox One worldwide roll-out launch. For those who don't know, the console's initial launch only took place in 13 regions, but Microsoft is looking to expand on their territorial efforts by gunning for more regions, more countries and more languages than Kinect can care to count... or spy on.

Larry “Major 'Flip Switcher' Nelson” Hryb threw out the info on his official blog, re-sprouting the news from the Xbox News Wire.

In the post we learn that there are a number of countries that the Xbox One will become available in starting in September of this year. It's 26 additional countries, to be exact. You can check out the complete list below:

• Argentina
• Belgium
• Chile
• Colombia
• Czech Republic
• Denmark
• Finland
• Greece
• Hungary
• India
• Israel
• Japan
• Korea
• Netherlands
• Norway
• Poland
• Portugal
• Russia
• Saudi Arabia
• Singapore
• Slovakia
• South Africa
• Sweden
• Switzerland
• Turkey
• UAE

This is very interesting stuff, because Nelson (or Hryb, or the “Flip Switcher”, whichever suits your tastes in appellation fits here) makes it known that Microsoft will further detail their plans for the Xbox One's expanded release across foreign regions throughout 2014.

Keep in mind that the Neogaf leaker who first made it known that the Titanfall Xbox One bundle was coming, that the Xbox One patch would be due in March and that Halo 5 was delayed to 2015 with Halo 2: Anniversary Edition coming this year, pointed to April as being the release window for the Xbox One in additional territories. However, it should be made known that he was only partly right about that: Microsoft is announcing in detail their rollout into other territories in April, not releasing the console in April.

Nevertheless, this is good news for all 10 Japanese gamers lined up outside their local game shops awaiting the opportunity to pre-order the Xbox One.

It's also good to see Poland on the list. The Witcher 3 devs will be able to soon buy the Xbox One in their native country.

Let's also hope there's some more news in April about actual games coming for the Xbox One as well, right now it's looking a little anorexic on the digital storefront with just some 720p shooters and a bunch of EA games filling up most of the slots.

Let's hope we get some more indies in there soon. Not everybody likes dude-broing it up with a bunch of little whiny, high-pitched, shrill-voiced 10-year-olds who need a good spanking and some parental guidance.

Anyway, 2014 is definitely shaping up to be an interesting time for the console wars, and we'll see if the Xbox One's fall release in additional territories will help Microsoft catch up to Sony and Nintendo, who are looking to further the sales gap as we head deeper into spring, which contains some big time AAA exclusives that are bound to move some serious SKUs for both the PS4 and Wii U.


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