As part of a massive worldwide push for the console, Microsoft’s Xbox One was set to launch in China this coming Tuesday. However, this plan has been changed according to a report from Polygon which says that Microsoft has delayed the release only three days before it was set to go. The new release date is simply said to be some time “by the end of the year” meaning this could be a long wait for the country to receive its first next-gen console. Whether this delay has anything to do with the rumor that Microsoft was reintroducing its original DRM plans in the Chinese version of the Xbox One is not known at this time.
Working with our partner, BesTV, we look forward to launching in China by the end of this year
In their statement to Polygon about the delay Microsoft’s spokesperson said “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. Working with our partner, BesTV, we look forward to launching in China by the end of this year.”
Yusuf Mehdi, the chief marketing officer for Xbox, also commented saying “We are excited to bring game and entertainment innovation to China. We have an ambitious vision and we’re working hard with our partners to deliver Xbox One and great games and entertainment to China.”
As far as those who pre-ordered the console are concerned, Xbox’s general manager for China said that they would be taken care of. He assured gamers that those who pre-ordered an Xbox One would still be “the first to receive Xbox One, along with an added bonus.” Surprisingly the major event planned around this launch at Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower, and the giveaway of 100 Xbox One systems is still planning to go forward. What exactly the 100 recipients will do with their consoles is unsure.