According to a recent blog post by the Xbox leadership team, Microsoft will not be able to meet its initial aim of releasing its new Xbox One gaming console in 21 countries before Christmas this year.
While the company had said at the Xbox One unveiling event at the 2013 E3 conference that the new console will be launched in 21 countries worldwide for the conventional Christmas sales season, the company has now revealed that it is cutting down the console's initial launch to only 13 countries.
Going by the information shared in the blog post, the Xbox One will now be launched - in November - in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, and Spain.
The countries in which the launch of the console has been delayed until 2014 include Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland.
However, for customers who have already pre-ordered the console in countries which have been pulled from the first stage of the console's launch, Microsoft has revealed that it will try to make up for the changed plan by giving free gifts to those customers.
In its blog post pertaining to the changes launch plan for the Xbox One console, the Xbox leadership team said: "While we wish we could launch Xbox One simultaneously in these markets, there are many factors that determine the timing of specific market launches."
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