Xbox One will release in Japan during Microsoft’s second wave of console launches, according to a translated interview with Microsoft Japan’s president and CEO Yasuyuki Higuchi.
Speaking with 4Gamer – translated via DualShockers – Higuchi said, “For the launch of Xbox One Japan is a Tier 2 country and not a Tier 1 country, so it’ll come with the second wave, that will be delayed a little bit [compared to North America].”
Higuchi was asked to clarify the above, and added, “That’s right. It’ll launch after the Tier 1 markets”.
Now, we all know the ills of taking translated quotes as gospel, so please do take this with a dose of salt for now. We’ve asked our local Microsoft rep to clarify the above, and we’ll update once we hear back.
This may imply the console has been pushed back to 2014 in Japan, but again, we’ll know for sure soon.
Given the Xbox brand’s struggle to win over the Japanese public, the new should come as little surprise, meanwhile other Asian territories are firmly in Microsoft’s crosshairs. Check out the Xbox One’s Asian launch plans here.