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Xbox One countries list creates new problems

It’s fair to say that a lot of consumers believe that Sony has ‘won’ E3 2013 this year. We’re hearing plenty of feedback, even from loyal Xbox 360 owners who say that the Sony PS4 is now the more tempting console, after Microsoft’s problems involving used-games policies and an always-on internet requirement.

Now, it looks like Microsoft has dropped another bombshell via press release by revealing a very small list of countries that Xbox One and Xbox Live will be supported in. More specifically, the list confirms that Xbox One will not be supported in Japan, Asia region, Africa region, Portugal, Poland and many other countries at launch.

Just think about that for a second. No Xbox One and Xbox Live support at launch in countries like Japan and Hong Kong is a shocking decision. We’re hearing whispers that Microsoft plans to add support for Asia for the Xbox One, but only during the latter stages of 2014 which is also very surprising to hear.

Argentina is another country left off the list, a country where we’re sure there are millions of happy Xbox 360 gamers right now – how are they going to feel just seeing Brazil listed as one of the only South American countries to support Xbox One at launch? Microsoft are surely asking for trouble on this and it’s hard to defend seeing cold hard facts like this.

It’s also somewhat disappointing to see that such important information was again left out of their press conference. By revealing via press release, do they just hope that the information is passed by without notice? It almost reminds us once again of Adam Orth’s infamous Twitter comments, when he told people to “deal with it”, when criticized by consumers after defending always-on and DRM policies.

The full list of countries to support Xbox One and Xbox Live is below. Give us your reaction to this, considering the information is coming out of a press release, not at E3. Xbox 360 owners, are you disappointed by this as well?

List of Countries

New Zealand
United Kingdom
United States

Dont live in these countries? Deal with it, apparently.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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