In my honest oppinion and i don't mean to defend MS for their actions over the last few weeks. But the countries that are not ready for launch is most likely down MS keeping up with Sonys release schedule. I'm sure the other countries will follow on quite quickly however think about how much is involved in releasing a console in another country? What hardware requirements are there due to the how many features the XBO has. Hardware requirements for television reception in different countries. Language translations. ( that actually work rather than rushing it ) Country based cloud resources. I can see why the xbox needs online 24/7 access as a lot of it's features will be processed in the cloud. I would assume after launch they will remove some of the restrictions imposed once they see how their decisions have been recieved. Online 24/7 doesn't bother me to be honest, nor does the camera ( Sony and Samsung televisions have been doing this for quite a while now ). My only concern with the XBO is the old saying "Jack of all trades, master of feck all" I think the xbox is trying to add too many features too quickly and it will fail at launch as it rushes it's first batch of Xbox's out ( I forsee a day one server crash ).