"After an inexplicable delay yesterday, today Microsoft announced that the Xbox One will go on sale in China on September 29. Microsoft says it will be the first game console to launch in the mainland in 14 years."
Nothing about this makes any sense.
that's what happens when you're not privy to all the details.
Regardless of why the delay occurred, it was only for a few days and it's good that it has a new date slotted in. That price though - $600 not including Kinect - is just shameful.
There are too many theories because no one is really privy to any of these wildly sporadic series of events.
"That price though - $600 not including Kinect - is just shameful." Is anyone aware of how taxes on consoles/imports works over there? I'm wondering if this could be another case to the PS4 costing $1800 in Brazil last year (don't know if that's unchanged).
I have no idea what's going on either but to be honest, I dont even think the X1 will have any real presence in China. I'm just guessing here though. I just don't see how it would appeal to that market; are the Chinese big console gamers? Will an American console with US-centric games even appeal to them? I'm oblivious to it all mind you...
@coolbeans "Is anyone aware of how taxes on consoles/imports works over there?" Would that even apply in this case? Aren't the consoles manufactured there?
"New shit has come to light, man." -The Big Lebowski
@CallDaCheeseBox- Haha.I love that scene. He just keeps going on talking in circles, never really saying anything. OT:This is strange.
lol it makes sense but the real reason for the delay is because of 1 year anniversary of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone lol the chinese gov tell MS to delay 6 days
Yeah this article doesn't make sense as it neglects all the info. The reason it got delayed were the Chinese Government was INVESTIGATING Ms for VIOLATING Chinese ANTI-TRUST LAWS. Basically business as usual for MS.
Well looks like they weren't found guilty, so your obviously biased comment sounds pretty stupid.
So you're saying that it's business as usual for MS to deal with unfounded mistrust? (seeing how they obviously were exonerated in the investigation) Interesting how your comment happens to illustrate this "business as usual" norm...
whoa OMG they violated a malevolent communist governments anti-trust laws how rude of them .
Hmm, well that's not far off at all. I was under the impression that it was going to launch at the end of the year lol..
This message released by MS also enters in the "180" category? Or should be included in the "360" category... Oh well, we shouldn't be surprised anymore...
MS said it would be released later in the year but it was only delayed for about a week? Why didn't they just say it would be delayed for a few days?
They probably didn't know the answer. Probably ran into some sort of red tape and got it sorted out sooner than later.
This most likely. This is what you have to deal with being the first in line. Since all of this is new, both govt an MS are figuring alot out as they go
Well according to another article, it MIGHT be because of this "Microsoft is being investigated by Chinese authorities who allege Microsoft has violated anti-trust laws, but it is unknown if this investigation is related to the delay."
apparently, because the Chinese gvt has banned windows 8, they were still wary of the xbox one and had last minute questions regarding xbox one's use of windows 8. But I imagine Microsoft talked with them asap and got it resolved.
Nice welcome South African , Indian and Chinese gamers look forward to playing you.
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With DRM, apparently.
I believe a ton of the restrictions are result of the Chinese government. Not to mention the immense piracy issues in the country.
96% of all software in China is pirated. So while DRM that might be inappropriate in other countries where enforcement is done China simply doesn't care.
China you are in for a treat!
Can't wait to read articles about China banning Xbox content that might imply free speech and democracy
Well, good luck Microsoft. China will be difficult for any company.
Cool , congrats are in order & best of luck. Here's hoping they do well.
Get ready to cross China off the Chalkboard! If China fails (as expected) and Halo fails...I fully expect MS to pull the plug on this failed experiment of theirs next year.
China has 100 million middle class families. At least 10% will buy a console. China HATES Japanese products. Toyota can't sell cars there, it's all Germany and American brands. That's why Sony hasn't even announced a launch there. The issue is that while MSFT will move a lot of hardware, it remains to be seen if they will sell any software, or if it will all be pirated. A big % of Middle class families in China have PCs and smart phones, but not a lot of software gets sold.
Actually Toyota n honda are experiencing record sales in 2014. But GM tops car sales in china though. Between xbox 1 n ps4, survey indicates demand among Chinese gamers is 1:5 in favor of ps4. Though i think x1 can do well given right marketing campaign. No doubt anti Japanese sentiments will work in favor of x1, just not as much as you think.
@gano >Grow up Kid! Ayways, good luck for Xbox One. IMO X1 needs a really cool MMO to gain traction in China....and bootlegging/Piracy/Cloning/Mod ding is rife in these markets. Surprised it hasn't happened with an import yet! Won't be long before someone tinkers with Xbox One and adds custom chips...perhaps 64GB/128GB eSRAM? ...or something similarly awesome! I guess it'll take an illegal console modification to show MS how they should have spec'd X1 in the first instance.
I don't care about sales but for some reason I want to see how next gen consoles will do in China.
My guess is hardware or software deliveries met with some problems, forcing ms to delay for just a week. I could be totally wrong though
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