Update 2: Microsoft has apparently dropped their region locking scheme among other things so the Xbox One (Eighty) is back on the table for console gamers around the world.
Update: After reaching out to Microsoft Philippine’s PR agency, we can say that there is no official word on plans of including or not including the Philippines as a region supported for Xbox One games. In the meantime, I suppose we should be content with Wii U, PS4, and the soon-to-be previous generation consoles PS3 and Xbox 360.
Microsoft is really upping their game in implementing their pro-corporate and anti-consumer strategy. According to the disclaimer on Xbox One’s pre-order page, games at this year’s announced launch on November will only be activated for the following countries:
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- United States
According to Wall Street Journal, gamers in Asia will have to wait up to 2014 to enjoy games on the Xbox One. That means screw the Xbox One at launch, PS4 it is.
While this obviously sucks, I can somehow see why this makes sense for Microsoft and potential partners across the globe. It certainly is a bad precedent for the industry as a whole so I cannot help but hope Sony and Nintendo will eventually overtake Microsoft by a huge margin because I don’t want all console manufacturers to follow suit. If anything, it’s to humble them just like how Sony got hit hard with their initial stance on the Playstation 3.
Author’s Notes: We’ll try to reach out to Microsoft Philippines to see if our country is part of their plans to launch the console in Asia next year (2014).