Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Aug 2013 23:03 UTC
Games

Our priority is ensuring our customers get the best Xbox One experience the first day it is available. To do that, and in order to meet demand, we have adjusted the number of markets that will receive Xbox One in November to 13 markets, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand, in November.

We remain committed to launching Xbox One in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, as soon as possible in 2014.

And now delays. Microsoft on a roll.

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Slow moloch
by anda_skoa on Thu 15th Aug 2013 08:25 UTC
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2005-07-07

I always find it interesting how slow such big, supposeldly international, companies adapt to changing market situations.

Like in this case assuming they still have the capabilty to launch in different EU countries at different times.

It's not like their potential Belgian customers will wait several months, forego the Christmas opportunity, etc. instead of just buying in France or Germany.

I wonder what they'll tell their Belgian, Dutch and Danish retailers when they come asking why their competitors in neighbouring countries get all the profits from what they would normally consider their customers.

"Yeah, sorry, our understanding of the European market is stuck in the 90s. This free trade thing is such a new concept, we are as surprised and shocked as you are, honestly!"

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RE: Slow moloch
by BallmerKnowsBest on Thu 15th Aug 2013 16:07 in reply to "Slow moloch"
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2008-06-02

I always find it interesting how slow such big, supposeldly international, companies adapt to changing market situations.

Like in this case assuming they still have the capabilty to launch in different EU countries at different times.


I love the way people immediately jump to the assumption that the delays mean that Microsoft is unable to release in those countries at the same time - which is clearly, indisputably wrong. They easily have the resources to do that, if they wanted to. Realistically, it's much more likely that they compared the projected benefits of simultaneous launch in those countries, against the projected costs, and decided that the former didn't justify the latter.

Microsoft also probably realizes that consoles have a slightly longer shelf-life than, say, theatrical releases of films. A (let's say) 6-month delay for a console is not going to hurt it that much, especially for a device that's expected to be on the market for 5-10 years.

"Yeah, sorry, our understanding of the European market is stuck in the 90s. This free trade thing is such a new concept, we are as surprised and shocked as you are, honestly!"


Riiiiiiiiiight, because it's not as if Microsoft's home country is part of a continent-wide free trade agreement that's been place for nearly 20 years now (*cough* NAFTA *cough*).

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RE[2]: Slow moloch
by anda_skoa on Thu 15th Aug 2013 17:43 in reply to "RE: Slow moloch"
anda_skoa Member since:
2005-07-07

"Like in this case assuming they still have the capabilty to launch in different EU countries at different times.


I love the way people immediately jump to the assumption that the delays mean that Microsoft is unable to release in those countries at the same time - which is clearly, indisputably wrong.
"
I love the way how people jump to the conclusion that capabiltity was referring to being able to do it ;)

What I meant is that some companies thinkg they can treat different regions of the same single market like they used to treat different country markets.

I.e. they lost the capability or maybe better opportunityto not release.


Microsoft also probably realizes that consoles have a slightly longer shelf-life than, say, theatrical releases of films. A (let's say) 6-month delay for a console is not going to hurt it that much, especially for a device that's expected to be on the market for 5-10 years.

Sure, but that wasn't what I pointed at. There is no 6-month delay, the product becomes effectively available to all EU customers in November.


" "Yeah, sorry, our understanding of the European market is stuck in the 90s. This free trade thing is such a new concept, we are as surprised and shocked as you are, honestly!"


Riiiiiiiiiight, because it's not as if Microsoft's home country is part of a continent-wide free trade agreement that's been place for nearly 20 years now (*cough* NAFTA *cough*).
"

You know, sarcasm.
That was exactly the point!
I suppose Microsoft doen't launch the product in California and Nevada in November and New Mexico somewhen in 2014, does it?

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