Xbox One in Asia: “It’s welcome,” says Sony exec

Monday, 3 February 2014 10:33 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One hasn’t been given a launch date in Japan or wider Asian territories, but Sony Japan & Asia executive Hiroyuki Oda has welcomes Microsoft’s console, stressing that the competition between Xbox One and PS4 would benefit the Asian market as a whole.

It follows my investigation into how Xbox One is perceived in Japan, a market that currently does not appear to be on Microsoft’s radar.

Speaking with Game Watch, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia deputy president Hiroyuki Oda and Sony Computer Entertainment Taiwan general manager Tatsuo Eguchi discussed the performance of PS4, PS3 and PS Vita at this year’s Taipai Game Show, where consumers could order PS4 units on the expo floor.

DualShockers has pulled out some choice nuggets from the conversation, including claims that PS Plus subscriptions have jumped rapidly across Asian markets, and while the PSP continues to sell it is now losing ground on the increasingly popular PS Vita.

Interestingly, of the 1000 PS4 consoles available each day of the Taipai Game Show, 20% of the units were sold with attached PS Vita handhelds.

Oda was asked for his view of a potential Xbox One release across Asia. He replied, “I’d like to tell this with no misunderstandings: When the Xbox One will be released conveying various charms in a different way, while competing properly, I think the most important thing will be that it’s going to expand the video game industry and the market itself.

“I’m often asked ‘What would you do if the Xbox One comes?’ and the answer is ‘it’s welcome.'”

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