MS Announces Official Xbox 360 Launch Dates

Microsoft's "simultaneous" worldwide release has morphed into a more logistically manageable sequence of three staggered launches: November 22 in North America, December 2 in Europe, and December 10 in Japan. The New York Times has the story. (Use the username/password rampancy/rampant if you don't have an account--Ed.)

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It's incredible that a "worldwide release" is only for the US, Europe and Japan. I despise the naming of such a launch since a foray of countries more loyal to the Xbox brand have been left for dead again. I am now ashamed to say I live in Australia, the 3rd most prosperous nation, because it's not part of the plans which will unfold everywhere else. At this rate, the n00bs of this country will be fooled by the soon-to-come Sony marketing ploys on literally all the TV channels here, just as with the PSP. If Microsoft wants a connected future like Australians, Kiwi's and the rest of the regions left behind, they aren't doing it too well when we'll be left un-plugged.

Do you imagine Sony treats Australia any better?

They don't even do worldwide releases. They'll launch in Japan first, then North America and Europe, and then ROTW as they say. Just like Microsoft is doing.

And there are more populous countries and regions that are ignored entirely because of rampant piracy-- the CIS and China, for instance.

I don't see how this is a slight-- launches are done based on the size and strategic importance of markets, not how "loyal" some of the fans in those markets are.



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