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Xbox One will only work in 21 regions at launch

It's been revealed that Microsoft's next-gen console will only work in certain regions at launch. 

This restriction comes from Xbox Live capabilities, meaning those that don't live in a country supported by the service at launch won't be able to authenticate their games. The console requires you to sign in at least once every 24 hours.

Most of our readers will probably be safe as the UK is one of the 21 regions that will be supported, but it's interesting to see that the entirety of Africa has been excluded, as have Japan and China. This same restriction applies to the majority of countries West of the UK, with the exception of Russia. A handful of European countries will be supported, but a large chunk won't. Croatia, Turkey, Greece and even Portugal are amongst those that have seemingly been left out. 

This information came from a pre-order information page on the Xbox website. A disclaimer on the page reads "Xbox One games are for activation and distribution only in specified geographic regions," a disclaimer on the Xbox One reservation page says."

Japan - which is excluded for the time being - is expecting an Xbox One launch in 2014, so we're unsure as to how long it will take for other countries to gain support. 

There's a full list of supported countries below, as well as a map showing the ratio of supported to excluded regions (thanks, NeoGAF

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


Edited On 13 Jun, 2013

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DynamiteWhyte's avatar
DynamiteWhyte 3 years ago
Um....this just doesn't make sense.
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0000000000 3 years ago
really out to make me look more of a twat by the day, the only reason im sticking is its cause its what i know Ps4 will win the race at the start at least! idiots over at MS clearly
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Barry 3 years ago
so what happens if you do not sign in every 24 hours? I am beginning to go towards the ps4
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Cathe 3 years ago
If you dont sign in once a day you cant play games. Can still watch blu rays though. But they said that if you dont have internet, you can use mobile internet for the check.
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Johno Muller 3 years ago
They actually said that if you are not in one of the regions not supported and cross the border to a supported region to pick one up it wont work when you get home. Those poor Polish people.
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Barry 3 years ago
lol. I just want a console where i can put my game in the drive anytime and play it. I cannot play games every day. /sigh
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Cathe 3 years ago
You don't need to play every day. If you haven't logged in for 24 hours, just sign into Xbox Live to do the check before you play the game. Having that check means you can play games without needing to find the disc once you've installed it so I don't mind the check for that reason :)
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Barry 3 years ago
ahh ok. Thanks for clearing that up :)
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Johno Muller 3 years ago
I might buy an xboner just so MS can watch me play PS4 all the time while it gathers dust.
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kellos 3 years ago
Those poor Polish people? It clearly shows the UK being on the list lol
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cthragyaska 3 years ago
The way I understand it is the Xbox One will authenticate your game library every 24 hours on its own, it doesn't require you to be using it/signed in while it does it (it will also check for updates and automatically apply them so it's always up to date whether you game every day or just occasionally)
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
When you think about what the Xbox can offer (without thinking of the disadvantages) I think it actually sound pretty cool but it has too many disadvantages
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
http://pastebin.com/uCmdh9jB
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cthragyaska 3 years ago
I honestly don't mind the 24 hour check-in, but can see why people "without always on" connections are objecting. I just think MS are being far too agressive about DRM this time out, and it's pushing a lot of people away. I've got an XB1 on pre-order, but having had PS1 and PS2 before a 360 I'm not totally against swapping back to Sony :)
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cthragyaska 3 years ago
Thanks PikaNox, looks interesting so I'll give that a read when I'm on my lunchbreak in a few mins lol
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Johno Muller 3 years ago
You BASTARD Conor
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
As I have said before. If Microsoft go with a Steam like structure, then they will get a lot of people but they will most likely go with a Origin like structure
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
TROLOLOLOLOLOL
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Johno Muller 3 years ago
If MS were to allow digital purchases from more than their own store front I would be very fore them. Like Steam activated downloads from ShopTo, Amazon and GAME.
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cthragyaska 3 years ago
Everyone loves EA so yeah, I can see them doing that :)
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Don't let that worst company in America tag fool you, we are all just Tsundere's and we actually love EA
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JoeToots 3 years ago
Saying everyone loves EA is like saying everyone loves jimmy saville
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DynamiteWhyte 3 years ago
He's pretty much summed it up in the first paragraph with Microsoft have no idea how to tell people anything. He's done a pretty good job with just internet speak really.
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Zombieflamingo 3 years ago
Dont they already have the cards in GAME to buy digital products?
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
The only thing I don't agree with is that Microsoft will make Digital games cheaper
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Johno Muller 3 years ago
Steam cards are like buying your little brother a toys r us gift card can spend it on what he wants. whereas GAME also sell steam activated products sometimes cheaper than steam themselves depending on sales. I bought FM13 from gamersgate for £13 when on steam it was £25 at the time. Digital content sales are great because it means the store is covering the cost of the rest of the game increases site traffic for them. they can have a toolbar install with download which counts as free advertising and affiliation and still turn a profit despite selling the game for £12 less.
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Johno Muller 3 years ago
No competition means no need to lower prices means 4' purple dildo in consumer's rectum
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DynamiteWhyte 3 years ago
4'?
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Johno Muller 3 years ago
Saints Row reference
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Luvly Jubly 3 years ago
People can moan all they like about the disadvantages to the Xbox, but the thing people are forgetting is the Playstation has no games :)
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DynamiteWhyte 3 years ago
Except it does ;)
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Infamous, Killzone, Knack, Driveclub, Secret Ponchos. I agree, no games what so ever
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PETER 3 years ago
Quintessentially, it is no different to having transfered your old 360 HDD to a new one and trying to play a XBLA game. It won't let you, you need to sign in to live to give it the certs (unless you have downloaded it again on the new console). Ultimately, its not going make a bit of difference to anyone within these 21 regions. I don't know anyone currently that has a 360 and isnt on xbox live - it's mute. 2nd hand gaming? Meh - Have you seen the prices at CEX on almost anything within the last 2 years? You can (and i do) buy them for less at shopto than what they charge. It doesn't take long to trade away all value in your games at CEX or especially Game - trade a new game in, and if you are lucky, you'll get a not so new one, gradually getting older until you lose the exchange voucher for £1.50. Lets hope that with the xbox virtually guaranteeing publishers three times the income because of what they would lose in the preowned market, that the saving is passed on to the us the consumers!
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
I know a few people who have a 360 and don't have internet & it's not trading in at the stores that are a problem, it's selling peer to peer that's the problem (No more ebay, no car boot sales, no more independent stores)
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PETER 3 years ago
Then get internet or stick with the 360. It's a hardware requirement as much as the current kinect is to kinect games and HD tv is to HD visuals. Maybe with no more boot sales and etc, there will be less theft as people can't steal your things and sell them. Services such as Steam, correct me if i'm wrong, have no resale value, but they are cheaper. My hope is that the xbox ones games take this approach. Also, someone mentioned that you can sign in with mobile broadband. If its a means to an end, how much data is that going to use? I'd imagine it would be relatively inexpensive compared to a £430 pound machine. Many sites have stated that the cloud is essential to the mechanics of the game, an option that Sony has said is available to their developers too. No net, no cloud, no game - the verification aspect of things is totally mute in these examples. Microsofts intentions are clear - this is more than a games console, like it or not
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
I'm not even replying to that
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Luvly Jubly 3 years ago
OK I'll give you infamous they are good games but Killzone is possibly the most boring First person shooter ever, Drive Club (another driving game with a ridiculous name), Knack looks crap and I have no idea what secret ponchos is so can't comment but you named one good game. The rest of the good games that Sony showed off are going to the xbox one as well.
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PETER 3 years ago
Shocked! There's as much speculation as there is fact thanks to MS being cagey. It won't be worth buying either for a year looking at the launch titles...
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
"Knack looks crap" Ok now I have heard it all.
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Eddie 3 years ago
What if you go on holiday or into hospital for 2 weeks? you cant sign in so what happens then?
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Eddie 3 years ago
What if you go on holiday or into hospital for 2 weeks? you cant sign in so what happens then?
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Eddie 3 years ago
What if you go on holiday or into hospital for 2 weeks? you cant sign in so what happens then?
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Eddie 3 years ago
What if you go on holiday or into hospital for 2 weeks? you cant sign in so what happens then?
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Eddie 3 years ago
What if you go on holiday or into hospital for 2 weeks? you cant sign in so what happens then?
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Eddie 3 years ago
What if you go on holiday or into hospital for 2 weeks? you cant sign in so what happens then?
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Eddie 3 years ago
What if you go on holiday or into hospital for 2 weeks? you cant sign in so what happens then?
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Whitey 3 years ago
Why would you be playing your console on holiday or in the hospital any way? If you actually means what happens to your account if you don't sign in within 24 hours, nothing happens, you just have to sign in to xbox LIVE the next time you log in to play games, people seem to think if you're not online for 24 hours then your account gets deleted or your xbox doesn't work anymore.
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linkj93 3 years ago
it dont make sense that you would need to check in once everyday, what if your going to your girlfriends house, or on holiday, at least make an app that you can sign into instead of locking your customers out of there own console they payed for not to mention the gold subscription, i think xbox made a bad move with that, meh im still getting ps4 either way, they smashed it this year.
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linkj93 3 years ago
it dont make sense that you would need to check in once everyday, what if your going to your girlfriends house, or on holiday, at least make an app that you can sign into instead of locking your customers out of there own console they payed for not to mention the gold subscription, i think xbox made a bad move with that, meh im still getting ps4 either way, they smashed it this year.
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Whitey 3 years ago
Link I don't think you understand mate, if you go away for a week you don't need to keep logging in every day to keep your console active, people are mis-reading the 24 hour check.
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Artemisthemp 3 years ago
I guess those 21 area is where Xbox 360 sold best. I feel sad for Poland, since The Witcher 3 developer team live there and they won't be able to play The Witcher 3 on Xbox One, but at less they can on PS4 :)

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