Xbox One console delays: “it never feels good,” says Spencer

By Dave Cook, Monday, 6 January 2014 13:08 GMT

Xbox One was delayed in several territories just before the holidays, and Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has voiced his dismay at the matter.

It follows the delay of Xbox One to Q3 2014 in Nordic territories, affecting Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Now, speaking with OXM, Spencer said, “I wish we had the global coverage that we originally announced when we stood on stage at E3,” and added, “I stood on stage and talked about 21 markets … there were things around the voice models and other things we needed to make sure were right in order to really build a box that felt native to the markets we were shipping in.

“It never feels good to stand on stage and talk about 21 markets and ship in 13, but it’s a journey, and it’s not won or lost the day after launch. It will be something that plays out, so making sure the quality of each market when we ship is the important part.”

Regardless, Spencer feels that Xbox One’s launch line-up is strong enough as it is to hold consumer interest for the time being.

Still no work on the Xbox One’s Japanese launch though. If you missed it, check out my interview with two Japanese indie devs, ‘What does Japan really think of Xbox One?’

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