Xbox One to go on sale in China in September [Update: Now with pricing!]

Back in April, it emerged that Microsoft was planning to launch the Xbox One in China, after authorities relaxed the country's ban on the sale of foreign gaming consoles earlier this year, which had been in place since 2000. 

The nation's third-largest telco, China Telecom, has announced that it will exclusively sell the Xbox One in China from September, although the exact launch date has not yet been confirmed. A spokesperson for the carrier told Reuters that pricing has not yet been decided either. 

The Xbox One's rival console, Sony's PlayStation 4, is also expected to launch in China this year. Both Microsoft and Sony have partnered with Chinese companies to manage the manufacture and distribution of the consoles domestically, in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, which was established to help stimulate foreign investment in the country.

Although Microsoft and Sony have established joint ventures with separate local firms in China, both of these local partner companies are actually owned by the same conglomerate, Shanghai Media Group.

Source: Reuters | image via Microsoft 


Update: WPDang reports that the Xbox One will cost 3499 CNY (roughly $565 USD) for the Xbox One with Kinect, and 2899 CNY for the Kinect-free SKU, and will include a two-year warranty in line with domestic requirements. 

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TCLN Ryster said,
Much like your useless comment ;)

Take it easy, fanboy. You're underestimating the despisment the Chinese people have for Microshaft. There's a reason they don't want its products over there especially with the NSA thing. Why would they want a spy box inside their homes?

Pluribus said,
Take it easy, fanboy. You're underestimating the despisment the Chinese people have for Microshaft.

It's kind of funny calling somebody a fanboy and then use childish names like "Microshaft" (what, no dollar sign?) and then presume to speak for ~1.3 billion people with zero evidence to back it up. The "NSA thing" doesn't seem to be much of a deterrent to Windows XP over there after all, never mind ignoring that they're pretty much focused on the server side of things, not watching some guy playing his X1 in his underwear.

Pluribus said,
Why would they want a spy box inside their homes?

I heard that tin-foil can cause skin irritation... you can get a cream for that.

Also, gotta love how anybody who has a differing opinion to yourself is branded a "fanboy"... Childishness personified.

TCLN Ryster said,

I heard that tin-foil can cause skin irritation... you can get a cream for that.

Also, gotta love how anybody who has a differing opinion to yourself is branded a "fanboy"... Childishness personified.

Right, like the way you branded my comments as "useless" because it doesn't agree with yours. My comment wasn't directed toward anyone in particular, but yours was. Talk about hyprocrisy.

Max Norris said,

It's kind of funny calling somebody a fanboy and then use childish names like "Microshaft" (what, no dollar sign?) and then presume to speak for ~1.3 billion people with zero evidence to back it up. The "NSA thing" doesn't seem to be much of a deterrent to Windows XP over there after all, never mind ignoring that they're pretty much focused on the server side of things, not watching some guy playing his X1 in his underwear.

Your bias is showing there, buddy. Any discussion with bias isn't worth my time. I merely expressed an opinion, and that was it. The "fanboy" comment was provoked by his "useless" comment, but of course you conveniently left that out.

Being from the USA, hearing a product will be sold by a telecom exclusively just feels dirty... anytime a telecom gets their hands on an exclusive product here, it is nothing but a mess and contracts out the ying...

ayeee dat thumbnail doe

I've been wondering how much the Chinese economy would be affecting by the major companies in the US making selling points in their country.