Xbox One China launch delayed


May 4, 2013
Originally planned to launch on Tuesday 23 September, the Xbox One launch in China has now been pushed back to the end of the year, with Microsoft citing the need for "a bit more time to deliver the best experiences possible for our fans".

While it's not clear when exactly the new launch date will be, Microsoft have promised that those who pre-ordered the console will be "the first to receive Xbox One, along with an added bonus", and a launch party in Shanghai - where 100 Xbox Ones will be given away - is still going forward.

After changes to Chinese laws allowed for the legal sale of foreign consoles for the first time since the early 2000s, hardware companies were quick on the draw to claim their stake: Microsoft announced a partnership with Chinese entertainment company BesTV in order to sell Xbox Ones in the country, and Sony announced a partnership with another local firm - also owned by BesTV - to sell Playstation products. Nintendo's been - unsurprisingly - quite cryptic on the matter, with rumours swirling about the possible release of a new China-only console.

There has not yet been an official reason for the delay on the Xbox One, priced at 3,699 yuan (£369/$602), but some are speculating that the disappointing Japanese launch may have dampened Microsoft's hopes.

Source: News: Xbox One China launch delayed - OXM UK