As the next generation of gaming consoles continues to make its way around the world, China still remains a market that most companies can only dream about. On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One will launch in China on September 23rd, 2014.
Microsoft’s joint announcement with BesTV was a landmark press conference in the history of video games. For the longest period of time, video games have been outlawed or shunned in the Chinese culture, so by bringing the Xbox One to China, Microsoft opens the next wave of worldwide gaming.
Launch Update In China
In its press conference in China, Microsoft and BesTV announced that the console would be available for ¥3,699 RMB. This is the very first entertainment console approved for sale in China, and it coincides with the Shanghai Free Trade Zone one-year anniversary. It will bring together over 25 developers and over 70 games as well.
With the launch in China, Microsoft will bring all of its entertainment and video viewing apps to China as well. It will give millions of fans in China the hottest console on the market, and give them the best of BesTV content at the same time. It has been under development for over a year according to the release.
China Gets Big Launch Titles
With the launch of the Xbox One in China, it will be getting some of the biggest titles for the next generation unit. Those include Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Powerstar Gold, Zoo Tycoon, and more. Additionally, launch titles like Sunset Overdrive and Halo will also launch.
Other major companies like Electronic Arts, Unisoft, and 2K are also building their games to work in China. The China console will have Neverwinter Online from Perfect World, and games from Chinese makers Gamebar and Yingpei Games as well, plus Snail Games, NetEase and Tencent. Local Chinese developers will also be able to join and create new games under the [email protected] program which also launched in China on Wednesday. All of this means great news for the Xbox One in China in 2014.
The Xbox One launch is huge for Microsoft. It means it has an edge over Sony, and will get into the China market sooner than the rest.