In order to mollify irate fans annoyed that the Xbox One won't release in several European territories this year, Microsoft has reiterated that the entertainment system and its games are region-free, meaning that importing is an option.
Earlier this week, Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox One will release next year in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland (don't worry, the UK launch is still on course for 2013). Naturally potential punters in these territories aren't best pleased, but Microsoft have been quick to assure everyone that the console won't be region-locked. Die-hard fans can therefore start sniffing around for cheap shipping.
“When the console launches this November, we will support Xbox One in 13 markets," a Microsoft spokesperson informed Eurogamer. "Xbox One may be used in all countries, including the non-launched markets. In addition, Xbox One games are not region locked. Any Xbox One game purchased at retail can be used in any country on any Xbox One."
However, downloading Xbox Live digital games will require you to access the appropriate region-specific marketplace. “That said, there needs to be a valid payment method corresponding to a supported launch country in order for any transactions to occur over Xbox Live," the rep continued, "and some content may not be accessible outside launch markets due to geographic content restrictions imposed by content right holders.”
"The console will work everywhere (keeping in mind power supplies)," Microsoft senior director of product planning Albert Penello added in a series of NeoGAF posts. "You can use one of the 13 digital marketplaces corresponding to our launch markets, assuming you have a valid payment instrument for those countries."
I'm not entirely sure how many Nordic, Belgian or Russian readers we have (as far as I know, our site actually doesn't work on some Eastern European ISPs), but if you didn't already know that the Xbox One is region-free, you do now.