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Xbox One launch delayed to 2014 in eight markets

Next-gen console still set for November in UK and US

The Xbox One launch has been pushed back to 2014 in eight countries, Microsoft has confirmed today.

Gamers in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland will have to wait until an unspecified date next year to get their hands on the console.

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The platform holder has reaffirmed the Xbox One's November 2013 launch in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand.

"At E3, we announced that Xbox One would be available in 21 markets around the world at launch. This was an aggressive goal and the team has been working very hard to deliver Xbox One to as many markets as possible," Microsoft said in a statement.

The company said the delays were put in place to "meet demand".

"While we wish we could launch Xbox One simultaneously in these markets, there are many factors that determine the timing of specific market launches. This includes work to localise the Xbox One dash, incorporate additional voice and languages, and build partnerships to bring apps and meaningful local content to each country.

"We understand this will be disappointing news for our fans in the impacted countries, and we are doing everything we can to bring Xbox One to you as soon as possible next year."

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