Just like Sony and its halting of pre-orders, it looks like Microsoft is having problems spitting out enough Xbox Ones for its debut. It's significantly scaled back its launch plans, forcing a whole load of people to have to wait until 2014 to see the next-gen machine.
Thankfully the UK is untouched by the reduced launch footprint, as we're in the 13 markets still on track, which includes Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United States, and New Zealand as well.
It means there's bad news for anyone in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland, as you'll have to wait until the turn of next year before you can get your mitts on an Xbox One.
Microsoft cites localisation delays as the problem, but it could indicate that the production line just isn't producing enough of the new consoles to meet demand. Sony's going through the same thing right now, with pre-orders either suspended or not guaranteed for delivery on launch day.
If I were you, I'd get my pre-order for an Xbox One in pronto, if that's the way you're swinging, because you might find pre-orders are shut down or delayed relatively soon. That's just speculation on my part, but reading between the lines, it's better to be safe than sorry, right? [Microsoft via Ars Technica]