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Xbox One delayed in eight markets

The launch of the Xbox One has been delayed to 2014 in eight European markets, Microsoft announced today.

Microsoft's next-generation console will still ship in November to the U.S. and U.K. as well as Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, New Zealand.

The console will launch in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland next year.

According to a post on Xbox Wire, Microsoft decided to delay the console's release for further work on localizing the console's dashboard and voice commands, as well as build a strong lineup of launch content.

"While we wish we could launch Xbox One simultaneously in these markets, there are many factors that determine the timing of specific market launches," reads the post. "This includes work to localize 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."

Microsoft encourages those who pre-ordered the Xbox One to direct all questions to the retailer they placed their orders with. In the regions where the console has been delayed, Microsoft with bundle a game with Xbox One pre-orders at launch.

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