Microsoft Xbox only in Europe in 2002
According to Sandy Duncan, head of Microsoft's Europe department, Microsoft does not want to make the same mistake that Sony made with the Playstation 2.
In order to withstand the rush of buyers in view of the expected huge demand MS wants to complete its new factory in Hungary first in order to be able to produce the sufficient number of units when sales start. This means that the high-tech game console will only be available in Europe in 2002, i.e. after Christmas next year.