Microsoft Xbox One to land in China on September 29
After announcing a delay in Xbox One’s official September 23 China launch, Microsoft has finally come up with the release date for the gaming console in the Chinese shores to be September 29.
The new release date will see the gaming system launched in 37 cities across China through 4,000 retail points. Giving no reasons for the delay, the software giant said that it had received approval from the Chinese government for the console’s initial line-up of 10 games.
The Xbox One will be launched with 10 government-approved games, including Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Powerstar Golf, Zoo Tycoon, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, Dance Central Spotlight, Neverwinter Online, Rayman Legends, Trials Fusion, and Naughty Kitties.
Xbox China boss Enwei Xie said that Microsoft will launch the first 10 games now and will continue its work to bring more blockbuster games and a broad offering of entertainment and app experiences to the platform in the weeks and months to come.
Last week, the Redmond had announced the delay stating that it needs a bit more time to deliver the best experiences possible for Xbox One fans in China.
It was after the Chinese government lifted a ban on gaming consoles, imposed way back in 2000, that Microsoft had inked a deal with Chinese internet TV set-top box maker BesTV New Media Co Ltd to start a joint venture to manufacture gaming consoles in Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone.
The Xbox One console will cost 3,699 yuan (£369, $602) without the Kinect motion detection system and 4,299 yuan (£429, $700) with Kinect, in China.