Originally Posted by barrelbelly
In fact MS announced they were planning to launch XB1 in a limited geography, exactly like I described in the old thread. Meaning a very "soft launch" controlled exposure in 2013 (for testing and debugging purposes). Followed by a balls to the wall global rollout in 2014-2015. And that seems to be precisely what they are doing. And its smart. Limit allocations and exposure early to mitigate technical & warranty risks. Yet create a perception of being "hot" at retail.
Bottom line...GameBoy was more accurate than you all are giving him credit for. And his basis & logic was very sound.
No console historically has ever had a worldwide launch simultaneously. Not any Nintendo console. Not the PS2. Nothing.
The original PlayStation:
Japan: 3rd December 1994
North America: 9th September 1995
Europe: 29th September 1995
Japan: 4th March 2000
North America: 26th October 2000
Europe: 24th November 2000
Japan: 11th November 2006
North America: 17th November 2006
Europe: 16th March 2007
Even the PS4 will not have a worldwide launch.
The only console ever to have a simultaneous launch was the 360 and it cost Microsoft so much money with very little gain to perform that act. A launch on that scale is a logistical nightmare. Not just from the actual console product, but the entire infrastructure needs to be in place from warranty, servicing, networking, sales, localization, etc. It was basically an act of bravado.
And isn't it ironic that people are thinking of the Xbox One has having a tenuous launch when at least they have a nebulous November date. Sony doesn't even have that. They have a "holidays" date.