Xbox One releasing in Asia 2014, no mention of Japan yet

Tuesday, 11th June 2013 12:43 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One will launch across various Asian territories in 2014, but there’s no word of Japan yet, possibly because Xbox 360 has performed poorly there over the years.

Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft Asia exec Alan Bowman called the company’s approach to the continent a “staged approach”, and confirmed Xbox One for release in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and India around late 2014.

Bowman added that Microsoft hopes last night’s Xbox One announcements will boost popularity of the Xbox brand in the markets mentioned above. He also stated that Xbox 360 has become the most-popular console in Asia, following annual revenue increases of 20% across the region.

Still, it remains to be seen what will happen in Japan.

Thanks Eurogamer.



  1. Pytox

    sony will win there proilly lol

    #1 2 years ago
  2. wowtgp

    No one is going to buy it in my country. Why would someone buy this fucking shit? What if my internet connection is down for more than 24 hours? What if I am out of my house for more than a day?

    Sony has just nailed it. We are going to stay away from Xbone forever.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. TrickyAudio

    It literally probably isn’t worth a Japanese release for them.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. orakaa

    After yesterday’s event, I am waiting for Sony’s answer like “We will release PS4 everywhere in Asia, 2 months before Microsoft, and with a free donut”.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. fihar

    Oh, please.
    No one in Asia is going to buy this thing. We’d have absolutely no use for the TV features.

    Not to mention the fact that 3mbps internet is still considered a luxury.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. redwood

    well indians for one should not buy it..the net there is not super stable.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. redwood

    will work nicely in ME though, but the tv features their are a question mark.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. ps3fanboy

    this is a desperate move from micro$haft and will be costly, its gonna be another nail in the xbone coffin. hahaha!..

    #8 2 years ago
  9. JGMR

    Not that the PS4 will be popular in Japan, but at least it will get a small, dedicated audience over there :P

    #9 2 years ago
  10. cartina

    If low demand is the reason for not releasing it in Japan, why are they going to
    release it in us and eu after their e3 performance? :D

    #10 2 years ago

    They usually get UK stock here in Saudi, but recently, MS started selling MS points and XBL sub cards here, officially, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this is one of the official regions, now.

    I might prefer to get a UK X1, though…

    #11 2 years ago
  12. SplatteredHouse

    Maybe I’m amiss, but I do believe a…Was that a freight train that just ran right through here.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. harr0w

    @8 how old are you. Does you mummy know your using the broadband.

    Its going to be altered to cater to that region surely ???

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Legion

    MS doesn’t need Japan to be popular in Asia. They are still a strong presence in Asia and popular in many countries including Korea, China, Singapore, Vietnam and Philippines to name a few.

    Japan sales in video games is so small now compared with other regions. Just not the same gaming community that they used to be.

    The problem in Japan… they don’t have a very strong attach rate compared to others.

    Xbox One is going to be an interesting launch across the world. We will just have to wait and see. But with the excellent game showing at E3… I wouldn’t count them out yet. And Sony… things could be interesting for them. I foresee a few changes early next year that will cause a bit of a stir with their system. And their ability to produce what they want to in tomorrows market.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. mightyhokie

    How do I suggest a story to one of these folks? As pissed as I have been it turns out that MS DOES NOT CHARGE FEES FOR LICENSE TRANSFERS, USED GAMES, AND DOES NOT PREVENT YOU FROM LETTING FRIENDS BORROW THE GAME! Why the hell is MS NOT shouting this from the mountain tops? They are going to lose this generation right out of the gate over miscommunication! WTF MS? I thought it was dumb you wanted to charge fees for DRM, but now I know you don’t and are not telling anyone which is, if possible, more stupid.

    Anyway, whoever writes the articles please post and read this from MS’s site. It explains everything and it is pretty much EXACTLY what gamers want…but MS isn’t telling anyone. I should not have had to research it to know this info.

    Here are the two main points:

    Trade-in and resell your disc-based games: Today, some gamers choose to sell their old disc-based games back for cash and credit. We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers. Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games.

    Give your games to friends: Xbox One is designed so game publishers can enable you to give your disc-based games to your friends. There are no fees charged as part of these transfers. There are two requirements: you can only give them to people who have been on your friends list for at least 30 days and each game can only be given once.

    #15 2 years ago

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