The launch of the Xbox One has been delayed in China, Microsoft has announced. The Xbox One was originally scheduled to launch on September 23, but now is expected to be released by the end of the year. Microsoft has not given a specific reason for the delay, but the dismal launch of the Xbox One in Japan could be a contributing factor in the decision to delay the launch.
In a statement released by Microsoft they said “Despite strong and steady progress, we are going to need a bit more time to deliver the best experiences possible for our fans in China,” Microsoft said in a statement. “At Xbox, we pride ourselves on delivering first rate gaming and entertainment experiences and to allow us to deliver on that promise we need to reschedule the launch of Xbox One.”
Microsoft Vice-President Yusuf Mehdi has said that pre-orders are beyond their expectations. The console will cost 3,699 yuan or $600 USD. It will be the first foreign console sold in China since the ban on video game consoles was lifted in 2000. Hopefully the extra time will allow Microsoft to avoid a launch similar to the one in Japan.