Microsoft today officially announced that Xbox One will go on sale in China on September 23rd. The launch lineup of games was also revealed. The console is priced at ¥3,699 RMB. At the Xbox One media briefing, Microsoft and BesTV revealed that more than 25 developers are building more than 70 games for Xbox One including exclusive content, free to play games, and blockbuster titles.
In partnership with BesTV, Xbox One will bring hundreds of thousands of hours of entertainment content including blockbuster movies, sports, documentaries and on-demand TV programs, fitness and exclusive, locally developed applications. Finally, Xbox One is bringing unique value to the Chinese market including innovative pricing models for games, compelling console bundles, local customer support and two year warranty.
Xbox One unveils gaming portfolio roadmap for China:
Recognized for the best games lineup of 2014 at the E3 trade show, Xbox will bring its long history of delivering blockbuster titles from Microsoft Studios and the industry’s most visionary creators to deliver a rich lineup of games to Xbox One in China. Xbox One will launch in China with an innovative pricing model including free to play games, and blockbuster games such as Forza Motorsport 5: Racing Game of the Year available at suggested retail prices of ¥99 RMB to ¥249 RMB. Xbox One will offer fans unique cinematic-like experiences with sports, action and adventure, shooter, dance, karaoke and racing games not available on any other device in China, including:
•Exclusive titles from Microsoft Studios: Expected to launch on Day One are popular titles from Microsoft Studios including, Forza Motorsport 5: Racing Game of the Year – the highest-rated racing franchise of this console generation, Kinect Sports Rivals, Powerstar Golf, Zoo Tycoon, and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood among others. Beyond launch, the Xbox One games portfolio will continue to grow with titles like Sunset Overdrive and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which will bring the complete story of Halo’s legendary hero, the Master Chief, to life on one console for the very first time.
•Games from the world’s leading developers: Twelve of the world’s largest developers including Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and 2K are working to bring their gaming favorites to China.
•Premium content from Chinese developers: Thirteen of China’s best developers are already working to bring new IP and fan-favorite games to Xbox One, starting with Neverwinter Online from Perfect World and games from Gamebar and Yingpei Games. Additional games and experiences are in development from Snail Games, NetEase and Tencent to name a few.
At launch, along with the above listed games, Xbox One will also offer a suite of entertainment experiences all on one box, including:
•TV and Movies: BesTV will bring hundreds of thousands of hours of entertainment content including blockbuster movies, sports, documentaries and on-demand TV programs – all in high definition. Owners of Xbox One in China will receive access to this content in addition to two free movies per month.
•Sports: BesTV will unlock access to premium sports games such as English Premiere League (EPL) – free for the first year.
•Xbox Live: Access to Xbox Live’s advanced multiplayer gaming experience, which opens up a pipeline of content that is always being updated and refreshed and connects users with a network of gamers.
•Fitness: Xbox will bring the full Xbox Fitness library to China including a new fitness experience, Tai Chi, which is coming first to China.
•Apps: Exclusive locally-developed apps will bolster a growing catalog of entertainment and other experiences on Xbox One, led by Tencent’s QQ Music, Douban FM, GameFY and Karaoke Master.
Microsoft also revealed that every Xbox One console in China will include:
•Powerstar Golf and Neverwinter Online with a Special Edition Pack
•The BesTV entertainment experience
•Free access to Xbox Live Gold through March 2015
•A localized Chinese interface, translated content and local payment methods
•A two-year warranty and local customer service support from Microsoft and BesTV.
As expected, Microsoft also announced a special Day One limited edition console which includes Kinect for Xbox One, more games and exclusive offers such as:
•A limited-edition commemorative China Day One controller;
•Day One Achievement for your Xbox Live profile;
•Kinect Sports Rivals, Forza Motorsport 5: Racing Game of the Year as well as the Neverwinter Online Commemorative Edition Pack, and Powerstar Golf with in-game credit
Starting today, Chinese gamers can pre-order special edition Day One Xbox One with Kinect, for ¥4,299 RMB while supplies last.