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Mentioning the Xbox One at this point almost feels like grabbing at the low-hanging fruit. Pretty much every piece of news released about the console presents some new problem or unscrupulous practice that Microsoft will likely regret somewhere down the line. But so long as Microsoft keeps making these kinds of choices, its our duty to keep the consumer informed, so herein lies the latest update: as detailed on Microsoft’s website, the Xbox One will be limited to 21 countries at launch. The list is as follows:

Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Ireland
Italy
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Russia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
United States

The limitation exists because, as Microsoft puts it, these are the “Xbox One-supported Xbox Live countries.” Notably, Microsoft makes the distinction that these are “not all Xbox Live countries,” suggesting that, just because a country may support Xbox Live, does not necessarily mean that it will support Xbox Live on the Xbox One. There are quite a few notable absences from the list, and it seems almost unbelievable that Microsoft is so readily cutting out huge chunks of the international market, but there it is.

There’s little more I can think to say at this point: while Microsoft seems confident that, once the console launches, people will see the value in it, it seems unlikely when absolutely nothing they’re doing is engendering any kind of consumer trust. It will be difficult for people to discover the value of the Xbox One if they refuse to buy it on principle.

Source: [The Escapist]