Rumors have been going around that Microsoft may be having trouble scaling up production of Xbox One consoles to meet demand in their announced territories. Perhaps we can call this rumor confirmed, because Microsoft has just scaled back the number of territories they'll be launching in -- from 21 to 13. Yes, thirteen previously confirmed regions are having their launches delayed into 2014.
If you're in on of the traditional main-stream territories for game releases or localization, have no worries. It seems like Microsoft's cutting some of the fringe areas, regions that would be difficult to get shipments to this close to launch.
Pour one out for our homies who will be stuck with their Xbox 360s for another year:
Keep in mind, however, that the Xbox One will be region free. That should mean traveling to one of the still confirmed launch regions -- Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, UK, USA, and New Zealand -- and buying an Xbox One is absolutely an option. On paper. Just don't expect proper localization, and who knows what other wrenches Microsoft might throw in the gears.
A sad day indeed for our international Xbox fans. I suppose this means more consoles for everyone else though, right?