Gamers in China can finally – officially – get their hands on the Xbox One experience, as Microsoft launches the current-generation console in that country for 3,699 yuan (around US$600). The hardware was originally planned for a regional launch last week, on September 23, but Microsoft faced an unexpected – and unexplained – delay at the last minute.
That price – like in the rest of the world – does not include a Kinect, which can be bought separately. Customers are also able to pick from a handful of government-approved games, including Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Powerstar Golf, Zoo Tycoon, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, Dance Central Spotlight, Neverwinter Online, Rayman Legends, Trials Fusion and locally-developed game Naughty Kitties. More games are planned to launch in the next few weeks and months.
The Xbox One is the first gaming console system to be officially released to Chinese retail in 14 years, after the government lifted a ban on the sale of home consoles earlier in 2014. There’s a catch: Companies may only release their systems in the region if they are manufactured and sold in the Chinese market. At this stage, only Microsoft has taken up the challenge – no word yet from either Nintendo or Sony about a Chinese release.