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Microsoft VP laments Xbox One console delays in remaining regions

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Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer has expressed disappointment in the delay of the Xbox One with the next-gen console’s final eight regions, according to a report today from VG 24/7.

In an interview with Official Xbox Magazine, Spencer lamented touting the Xbox One launching in 21 markets at E3 when in actuality the next-gen console launched in just 13 markets in November –– North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and New Zealand.

“I wish we had the global coverage that we originally announced when we stood on stage at E3,” Spencer said. “I stood on stage and talked about 21 markets …”

Spencer, however, said Microsoft needed to get aspects of the console right before shipping to the final eight markets, including voice models, to ensure that they built “a box that felt native to the markets we were shipping in.”

VG 24/7 reported in early December that Microsoft had delayed the release of the Xbox One in its Nordic territories –– Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden –– until this summer.

Spencer’s comments come as Microsoft announced today that the company had pushed out 3 million Xbox One units in 2013, a statement that could be met with one from Sony regarding the PlayStation 4 sales until the New Year.

You can read that full Examiner report by clicking here.


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