Eric Jou - I'll be the first to admit it: I didn't expect it to happen. But now, Microsoft has proven me wrong. The Xbox One is China's first official video game console in 14 years and, as of today, it is officially on sale.
Interesting. Good for the gamers of China. Consoles should have never been banned. I hope Nintendo and Sony follow.
Its exciting to see what amounts to a new huge market opening up to the industry and more importantly that there is genuine interest from gamers in that market. On a side note, if China really explodes Japan could quickly get kicked to the curb given their Luke warm buying of consoles these days.
Something like that would span generations. Cant see that happening as straight forward as that. New markets is definitely an exciting prospect though. Lets see how the console makers fair
And once again I was right........as usual. There were a lot of strong points against China (piracy being the main one), but with nearly 1/5 of the entire world's population living in one country (over 1 BILLION people) there had to be some kind of presence for gaming over there. Even if 1% of the country are gamers that's still 10 million potential buyers, and instantly puts them in the same boat as Japan's console market. We'll see how well MS will do, and that'll determine how quickly PS and Nintendo get over there. It was a good move by MS to be first and establish a presence over there (although they needed it the most). Like I said China has the potential to become the 3rd big power in the console consumer market, knocking Japan out of the top 3. But Japan will always be in the top 3 as a developer. High risk = High reward / Potential losses Depending on your plan of execution, and the quality of your product you can tilt the scales heavily in favor of either of the two outcomes. China was a risky bet, but hopefully it pays off for MS. Now they need to double down on the US, the UK, and China.
You're right, but is the market really open? Because most games are banned in China, so theres no system seller games like Halo or Gears of War. I can see Ps4 having sucess over there with f2p games like Kingdom hunder fire, but the bro console not a chance. Time will tell Theres no right for a goverment to tell what games we are allowed to play
Huawei or Lenovo will probably come up with their own solutions to soak up their domestic market if these game consoles reach success there. "And once again I was right........as usual." That's a party foul. No one likes the self serving ego.
"That's a party foul. No one likes the self serving ego" Tell that to all the rappers we have these days. Or Floyd Mayweather. Or John Cena. Or Johnny Bravo.
@Septic Entertainers to random dude commenting on internet.. Dude has serious superiority complex. He sent me an 5k worded message in pm talking about nothing and ended it off by saying "Don’t bother replying back either, I’ve blocked your ignorance so it won’t infect my computer with a virus." OT great for the Chinese I guess.I don't understand why people are shocked?
I don't know why its such a surprise, X1 is a great console and China has been cut off from consoles for 14 years or whatever so I'd imagine whether they are mostly PC focused country or not there is still alot of folks who want a home console and unlike some regions there is no built in loyalty based on past brand experience. I imagine all consoles should do well there. They censor games like COD, so there's more work to do but they do have some good games coming: https://www.youtube.com/wat... https://www.youtube.com/wat...
Naw, China is still bitter over the Nanking Massacre. The PS4 stands zero chance there.
Lol youbdo realize the Chinese have missiles aimed at America right now right. They been aimed at us for years.....nit to mention the money we owe and the fact they hate American products. Dont get me wrong they hate japan too but dont go thinking they love America.
PS4's popular 'violent' games would also come under the same withholding restrictions as the XB1's. So no bloodborne, killzone, infamous. nintendo might have a couple of games that could not release there. Bayonetta perhaps but because nintendo already oversees the content of the games released then it might not be as bad for them when it comes to censoring games.
If I didn't had any consoles in 14 years, I'd be happy to grab whatever gets released. I highly doubt political rivalry among countries would drive customers away from buying any product. China makes cheap solar panel, but America doesn't want to import them, therefore, progress is stalled. By the way, by next year or 2, China's economy will be superior to the Americans like they were before the 1800s before the industrial revolution.
This still doesn't convince me because the console is still expensive their. I figure it will sell like how much it is in India. So not much sales I expect.
Volkema Sony can still salvage this by releasing as quickly as possible and at a significantly lower price. Really hope for their sake they get on this.
Wow. I'm genuinely shocked here. I did not see this happening at all. Well I guess I was wrong; there is a market for consoles in China. Fair play. Good luck MS.
14 years without a gaming console.... Not shocked at all.. Whatever console was released first there..there would be queues Sony missed a trick here an this just might work in microsofts favour if they have the rumored 3 months head start there to themselves.. China could be microsofts saving grace with the amount of people over there
You can't predict a market like this and that was the first mistake Sony fanboy's made. They thought it would be like Japan, but Chinese gamers are more westernised than people think. They love the games we like. I would lower expectations though Microsoft launched with 10 games and most of the games, are family friendly, so the Chinese gamers who want to play action games. may not turn up to buy the x box one. Neverwinter and Forza would be two of biggest games on the list, that would help.
With a billion people, odds are there would be some people who would want to buy it.
The first mistake Sony fanboys made was the same mistake Microsoft fanboys made, and the same mistake Nintendo fanboys made, and the same mistake PC fanboys made. They became fanboys.
I'm not really shocked. We still don't know how well it did or if specifics will be announced or if thats something the government does?
@Volkama Post of the day http://replygif.net/i/1397.... @Eonjay "We still don't know how well it did or if specifics will be announced or if thats something the government does?" Well no is claiming that its a runaway success. We're just commenting on what we're seeing and that's pictures of massive queues of people forming to buy the Xbox One. "or if thats something the government does?"" What's that? Make people queue up to buy Xboxes? I don't follow...
@septic Nice to see someone can hold their hands up. Bubbled up. It is great though to visit this thread and laugh at all the market analysts... http://n4g.com/news/1595120... Well done good sirs, you look like absolute jackasses now.
@Septic I am talking about straight numbers. How will we know what it does or rather who is responsible for reporting numbers. Think about it this way: We get number in the US from NPD. Who gives numbers for China is what I am asking. Do they have a consumer survey agency like that or is it something the government handles itself? I was trying to find out if someone had insight.
If my only choice in a console was a Wii I'd line up to buy it if consoles were banned here for 14 years. good on China for finally releasing the ban, hopefully they allow more consoles to go on sale.
@ KNWS The mistake? The mistake was firmly telling you that no amount of hopeful theory about the amount of countries both consoles have released in have any grounding on the position of both consoles in the global market? Your steadfast theory is that PS4 is so far ahead because of the difference in countries released. The thinking man's theory is that PS4 will slaughter in ANY country it's released in. And China is not going to change the score for Xbone any more than US sales will. But this is good news for that region, and good to see people happy after 14 years of not having a console to legally buy.
@septic Not sure why you are shocked. Gaming culture/existence will thrive were ever you put it. Plus Xbox one has over 70 games going through the process of approval gamers in China and all over the world ask for the same thing games. Bring it on and jump on.
"People in China Actually Lined Up for the Xbox One" Honestly, I didn't expect that.
Me neither, I thought ettiquete would be totally different over there. Queuing sucks. In my fanciful imagination I thought they were more advanced and sophisticated, so assumed they would all have their consoles delivered by flying drones. Or maybe the opposite, that the triads would engage in pistol warfare and hijack the delivery trucks. But yeah, forming orderly queues. You disappoint me, China.
no console at all for 14 years meaning zero competition? Be real.. Plus they have 4X the population than the entire USA combined. So not hard to get those kind of numbers on launch day.
People in china are always in line. They could have mistaken the XB1 line with the find a wife line.
I had zero doubt, the XBOX ONE would be a success. None!
Wait didnt it get delayed???
I'm surprised Microsoft beat them to the punch.
Even if these photos make it look like a lot of people lined up/showed up, it's actually miniscule when you put China's gigantic population in perspective. A line of about 100 people here in the US roughly equates to nearly 700 people in China. Oh well MS probably still considers it a success, as I bet they shipped a few million over there to pad their 'shipped through' numbers up a bit.
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Really? I would have been shocked if this didn't happen.
Tut tut.. Folks here will be disappointed. Shocking. Gamers want an Xbox.
More like people want choice? And people on this site get unhappy when it doesn't match their choice.
@ Sonital well said. My choice is Xbox One.
And mine a PS4.
because they simply dont have an xbox one. they cant afford one or dont want to. they only have ps4. but some people will simply reply me saying i have both consoles and gaming pc but i will play on my ps4 because they hate pc or xbox one.
wellllllllllllllllllll it's not like the Ps4 and WiiU are an option in China at the Moment so the Chinese gamers don't have allot of choices really.
LOL...I FIND IT SO FUNNY FOR YEAR THIS SITE WAS XBOX THIS XBOX THAT BUT THEN THE ONE CAME OUT AND AFTER A GEN OF MEDIOCRITY PEOPLE CAME TO REALIZE PS IS THE KING GET OVER IT.
Despite all the "Doom & Gloom" for the X1, this is good to see. I hope they continue to listen to the community and deliver some good games in their library over in China.
Neverwinter is a step in the right direction.
Title should read: People wait in line for any console (since they've been banned for decades) Shit... any console that released "first" in China would've caused a stir simply for the fact that there is literally NO COMPETITION and it's the first opportunity for Chinese citizens to buy any console whatsoever. It's a sign of China and their policies, not the merits of the X1. I'd say the same if PS4 or Wii U was the first console.
Can't it be both?
It could. but what LazyGoron said is maybe right. It's a historical day in China.
"..any console that released "first" in China would've caused a stir.." Yes, but it's not just any console, it's the Xbox One so the original title is correct. MS actually did something right with their X1 for a change and beat Sony/Nintendo to the Chinese market.
After looking at the launch games for the XB1, I don't know why people would pay over $600 for this. Sony could actually launch the PlayStation TV there with a more appealing lineup of games for a fraction of the price.
The Chinese console market will initially be prohibative to the 'average consumer'... For many, the console will be a luxury. But $600 is nothing to China's upper-class. They are the target market.
But $600 to play Max and the Curse of Brotherhood, Rayman Legends, and Zoo Tycoon?
Yup... China's a country where the wealthy will pay abominable amounts of money for items of prestige. The antiquities market is INSANE. Then there's the black-market for 'exotic' produce, like rhino ivory and tiger jizz... It's backwards, but lucrative. $600 aint jack to the 1%, especially for a new experience.
playstation tv will fail in every single region. If vita is a failure,why the hell do they think pstv will work on top of there being much better options....
Realise that a lot of PS4 games wouldnt be accepted just yet too, killzone, last of us etc probably would need to be re-realised to comply with government regulations. Thats why the xbox line-up isnt as good, they are lacking dead rising, ryse, and a lot of third party games. Neverwinter and games like that are a step in the right direction
It goes to show never judge a book by it's cover. People just assumed because the market was poor in Japan that China wouldn't fare any better, but that's two totally different cultures. Not too mention China hasn't had consoles in a long time so the gamer fanbase must be starving. I wouldn't be at all surprised if China turns out to be more lucrative for consoles than Japan which is selling poorly.
"I doubt if any console can really thrive in China. Piracy is a huge problem in that country, and too easy to just buy everything bootleg." Can you remember saying this? Because you did. http://n4g.com/news/1595120... Treble 20 + Treble 20 + Treble 20 = 180!
Hey I never said I'm not guilty of judging. it's still too early to tell anyway.
Good luck Microsoft. Hopefully you are successful
the most awkward moment when you see it only too microsoft 2 consoles to destory sony's market share. xbox 360 vs ps3 market share in the u.s.a was something like 60% to sony's 40% coming off a insane ps2 success,id say microsoft did an amazing job.
Because they build the consoles, so now they are curious to see how it actually works?
"The Xbox One is China's first official video game console in 14 years " any next gen console would of got the same queue, they must be so desperate to play a console after 14 years, shame they missed the ps3/360 gen or did they get them at the start?
Really? I thought the China market does not support/like the Japanese product base. Don't they hate eachother?
It's just flat out racist to assume all chinese people hate the Japanese. It's like saying Japanese hate Americans for bombing them in ww2. It's just not the case. There are of course nationalistic people in china who probably do hate the Japanese, but that doesn't stop Japanese products from doing good in China
Relax. I mean the governments. China is strict controlled market and they have always had a disinterest in Japanese based products. I didn't mean each Chinese citizen hate all the Japanese, I mean through government. I highly doubt a Japanese product would do much better in a country like China. America does a lot of trading and financial dealings with China, thus making their product more accepted.
One of the contributing factors might have been how the Chinese government shields their public from a lot of press. Since MS has been unfairly given that bad press, the Chinese have clear heads when thinking about it. Good for MS! Go Xbox One!
Are you really saying the Chinese don't know about the bad press of Microsoft? The Chinese are waging their own antitrust investigation into Microsoft and bundling with Internet Explorer and another program which escapes me right now. The Chinese (Government) are creating their own OS called China Operating System. This is to get away from a windows OS. I don't think the Chinese are censoring issues that they are having with Microsoft. Why would they censor issues about Microsoft from other countries?