We’ve just seen a post by Xbox bigwig Yusuf Mehdi go live on the official Xbox site, saying that the Xbox One will be available in “26 new markets in September”. South Africa is, I’m very pleased to say, one of those regions. Can I get a w00t? Or several?

Here’s the official statement:

On the heels of the most successful Xbox launch in history, we continue to be blown away by the support and engagement of our fans.

You’re spending an average of over five hours per day on Xbox One. And following the launch of “Titanfall”* – as well as the highly anticipated Twitch broadcasting feature – we’ve seen you light up Xbox Live even further. In fact, last week we saw the highest number of hours logged on Xbox Live since the launch of Xbox One.

Now it’s time to ensure even more fans around the world can enjoy Xbox One. So today we’re proud to share that it will be available in 26 additional markets in September this year.

Of course, no firm date was mentioned beyond “September this year” and neither was there mention of a price. Still, this is fantastic news for SA gamers looking forward to getting their hands on Microsoft’s console and exclusive titles like Dead Rising 3 and Ryse.

Are you keen for an Xbox One, or is a PlayStation 4 enough next-gen for you? Let us know in the comments section below.

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.