Rejoice, Xbox One fans, for your wait isn’t going to be too long. Microsoft today announced that the Xbox One will be launching in 26 new countries in September and incredibly, we’re actually on that list this time. Although the launch window doesn’t mention a specific date, the rollout will take place in stages and was most likely planned to coincide with the release of … wait for it… Destiny! Sadly, no pricing has been announced, but expect something in the R7000 region if the Rand hasn’t strengthened against the US Dollar or the British Pound by then.
Yusuf Mehdi, the Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Strategy and Business for Xbox. broke the good news and added in that there would be more announcements for Xbox One fans and owners in the US and Canada at the end of April. Microsoft has also revealed some interesting statistics surrounding the release of Titanfall which has seen many positive reviews and resulted in many gamers calling in sick to work on launch day.
“On the heels of the most successful Xbox launch in history, we continue to be blown away by the support and engagement of our fans, ” writes Mehdi. “You’re spending an average of over five hours per day on Xbox One. And following the launch of Titanfall – as well as the highly anticipated Twitch broadcasting feature – we’ve seen you light up Xbox Live even further. In fact, last week we saw the highest number of hours logged on Xbox Live since the launch of Xbox One.”
The markets that Microsoft is targeting for the September release are:
With the launch of Destiny in the same month, this might also mean that someone, somewhere has been working behind the scenes to bring Windows Azure servers to South Africa. I might also be wrong about that but Azure is so tightly integrated into Microsoft’s offering for the Xbox ecosystem that I doubt they’d be launching in any country without some kind of infrastructure there to support the service.
What’s also interesting is that Japan is now earmarked for the later launch rather than the rumored April/May release. That’s a wise decision, considering that the home console market is nearly dead in Japan and it’s mostly dominated by handhelds now.
So hold on just a little longer, Xbox fans, you’ll get your console and your Dead Rising 3 and Forza 5 and Ryse and Killer Instinct eventually… ten months after the US and Europe launch!