Microsoft’s Xbox One was scheduled to launch in China today but the company announced yesterday that the launch would have to be delay to an unconfirmed date. But today, Microsoft has announced that the launch will push through this month but at a later date – September 29 – which is only a little under a week after its originally scheduled launch date.
Microsoft originally delayed the launch of the console due to needing “a bit more time to deliver the best experiences possible for our fans.” The company did not further explain the cause of the delay but one possible reason is the delay of government approval for many of the console’s titles. This idea stems from the company’s announcement of the console’s launch titles in China.
When the console launches on the 29th, only 10 games will be available for digital purchase on the Xbox Games Store while the disc-based versions of the games will be released at a later date. The launch lineup include Dance Central Spotlight, Kinect Sports Rivals, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, Naughty Kitties, Neverwinter Online, Powerstar Golf, Rayman Legends, Trials Fusion and Zoo Tycoon.
More than 70 other titles are still “in the pipeline for approval” which could be why Microsoft originally wanted to delay the launch of the console.
The Xbox One’s launch next week will be the first officially sold and launch console in China in the past 14 years. Earlier this year, the country lifted the ban on the manufacturing and sale of video game consoles in the country, or more specifically the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, which led to Microsoft launching its next-generation console in the country.
“This milestone is significant for both our partnership with China and our global expansion plan,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, in a press release today. “We will continue to work closely with our partner BesTV to bring exciting games, entertainment and app experiences to delight gamers across China.”
The Xbox One will be available at an SRP of 4,299 yuan ($700.17) for the console with Kinect while the stand-alone system will cost 3,699 yuan ($602.45). It will be available at more than 4,000 stores across 37 cities. It comes with a two-year warranty and Microsoft is giving free Xbox Live Gold access until the end of March 2015.