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After Brief Delay, Xbox One To Arrive In China September 29

by Mike Futter on Sep 23, 2014 at 05:01 AM

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced a late-stage delay of the Xbox One in China. The device was set to hit store shelves today, but Microsoft said that it needed “a bit more time to deliver the best experiences possible" for Chinese consumers.

A bit more time amounts to just six days, and the console will be on shelves on September 29. At launch there will be 10 games available, all of them via digital distribution. They are:

  • Forza Motorsport 5
  • Kinect Sports Rivals
  • Powerstar Golf
  • Zoo Tycoon
  • Max: The Curse of Brotherhood 
  • Dance Central Spotlight from Harmonix
  • Neverwinter Online from Perfect World
  • Rayman Legends from Ubisoft
  • Trials Fusion from Ubisoft
  • Naughty Kitties from Chinese ID@Xbox developer, Coconut Island

These games will be available on disc later, and 70 more are in process for approval. Microsoft is partnering with Chinese media giant BesTV to bring the console to the market. The Xbox One will be available at over 4,000 stores in 37 cities throughout the country.

 

Our Take
Clearly, Microsoft’s delay wasn’t about technical issues. With China’s console ban just recently lifted and companies starting to enter the market, this very minimal delay was likely due to jumping through regulatory hoops. It will very interesting to watch how the Xbox One is received next week, and whether it will have an impact on export games to North America and Europe.