For those of you in North America, you will have the opportunity to snag the Xbox One in November of this year. However, if you live in Japan (or even Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, or India), you will have to wait until next year to purchase the Xbox One.
According to a new report, the reason the Xbox One wont be available immediately to Japan and a few neighboring countries is because those countries are considered “tier 2” and are part of the “second wave” of the console roll-out plan. No word on exactly when the console would be released but it is being said to be soon after North America.
This shouldn’t be much of a surprise to anyone, considering Japanese consumers don’t really jump for joy when it comes to the Xbox. “The original Xbox received a similarly lukewarm reception in Japan, thanks in part to the console’s large physical footprint and controller, according to some reports. Japan is no longer at the leading edge of every console launch either; the country got the original Wii two weeks after the North American launch and had to wait 3 weeks after America to get the Wii U and the Xbox 360,” Ars points out.
Microsoft’s Xbox boss and president of the company’s Interactive Entertainment division, Don Mattrick, recently left the software giant for Zynga. Mattrick left Microsoft amidst the controversy over the “always online” internet requirement and DRM policy of the Xbox One.Further reading: Microsoft, Xbox One