For that past few months China has targeted Microsoft in an anti-monopoly probe which has delayed the release of the Xbox One in mainland China. Microsoft had four offices raided in July in China that included Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu.
Microsoft and its domestic joint-venture partner, BesTV New Media, had scheduled a launch for Tuesday, “after granting e-commerce service provider JD.com exclusive rights to accept pre-orders for the console in July”.
A statement was sent to the Sunday Morning Post yesterday, Microsoft said: “Despite strong and steady progress, we are going to need a bit more time to deliver the best [gaming] experiences possible for our fans in China.” China is the worlds second biggest games market by revenue only behind the United States, so it was weird that no reason was given as to why the console’s release had been postponed.
“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 said. “We look forward to launching in China by the end of this year.”
The Xbox One was labeled as the first of its kind, all-in-one gaming and entertainment system, to be available for purchase through authorized vendors on the mainland China since foreign video game console sales were banned there in 2000. The opening of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone last September helped lift that ban.
Despite all of this good guy Microsoft would go through with the scheduled event tomorrow for Xbox fans and their partners at the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai. At the event there is promised to be “hands-on gameplay, entertainment and Xbox One giveaways”.
During the ChinaJoy Expo in Shanghai last month, Microsoft said they were working with some top mainland game developers to be able to bring China premium local content and popular titles from their games portfolio the Xbox One.
Source: South China Morning Post