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Xbox One’s Launch in China Gets Delayed
Microsoft’s Xbox One console was supposed to launch in China in the coming week but has now been delayed too “by the end of this year” by the company.
According to a statement made, a Microsoft spokesperson said that the push was to give the console “a bit more time to deliver the best experiences possible for our fans” there. There was no further clarification on the delay but many assume it to be strongly based on the Xbox One’s abysmal release in Japan.
That said, it could also very well be that Microsoft is waiting on more titles to make the Xbox One’s release more impactful. It’s highly likely that we’ll see the company synchronize the release with the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection later this year.
“We are excited to bring game and entertainment innovation to China,” said Yusuf Mehdi, the chief marketing officer for Xbox. “We have an ambitious vision and we’re working hard with our partners to deliver Xbox One and great games and entertainment to China.”
However, the delay will not effect the launch event which was supposed to take place on Monday at Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower. Xbox’s General Manager for China said that the launch will go ahead as planned where 100 Xbox One consoles will be given away to the lucky ones.
He also promised that those who pre-ordered the console will still be “the first to receive Xbox One, along with an added bonus” upon its release.
Xbox one starts at RMB 3699 or $600 in the official Chinese market and includes the standard 500 gb HDD along with Kinect.