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Xbox One to launch in China next year – report

Monday, 16th December 2013 22:38 GMT By Brenna Hillier

A Chinese IT executive has claimed the Xbox One will launch locally sometime in 2014.

According to Chinese reports translated by Kotaku, Funshion CEO Luo Jiangchun revealed the 2014 Chinese launch during a marketing and advertising strategy meeting last week.

The executive also said Funshion, an online video service, is coming Xbox One, and the company is prepared to take on more video game advertisers as a result.

Microsoft had no comment on the report; its stance to date is that the Xbox One will come to more territories in 2014.

Dedicated gaming consoles were made illegal in China in 2000; the PS3, Wii, Wii U and Xbox 360 have not officially released in the nation. Although the ban was recently lifted, government must still approve hardware and software releases.

If true, the report may rankle faithful European Xbox fans; it sounds like the Xbox One won’t make it to Nordic territories till after Easter, and possibly not until the third quarter, despite its November 22 launch in North America and select PAL territories.

Thanks, Polygon.

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6 Comments

  1. tezzer1985

    Did VG247, think the Xbox One would launch in 2015 in China?

    Sometime in 2014 isn’t really news, is it?

    #1 11 months ago
  2. derpachu

    @1 probably because this is the first console launching in years in china? It’s actually surprising to see it launching next year already.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. tezzer1985

    @2 O ok, with the ban lifted, I’m sure they will get X1 & PS4 before the years end in 2014

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Dirk

    It will be interesting to see how much MS charge for it.

    How long before we get reports that the Chinese government has hacked Kinect and is spying on citizens in their homes?

    #4 11 months ago
  5. sebastien rivas

    @4

    I would suspect much less than anywhere else to attract little gaming circles they have and make it grow overtime.

    As for the question, I would say on day 1 most likely

    #5 11 months ago
  6. Henry

    Well, if vg247 is interested, Hong Kong and Taiwan Xbox official distributor said that they will be releasing X1 in these 2 regions in 2014 Q1

    (Note: Hong Kong and Taiwan are different from China in many aspects, including legal system and import restriction. HK and TW release date should not be the same as China. )

    http://news.sina.com.tw/article/20131209/11313453.html
    “而第二波的銷售,預計將於明年首季,在台灣和香港上市”
    “And the second wave of sale, planned to be Q1 of next year, at Taiwan and Hong Kong.”

    #6 11 months ago

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