Microsoft postpones Xbox One’s Chinese release date

22 Sep 2014

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Microsoft have delayed the release of the Xbox One in China amid claims that the numbers of pre-orders had exceeded the company’s expectations.

The console had been slated for a 23 September release in China but, according to Geekwire reports, it will instead become available later this year.

When released, the Xbox One will become the first foreign console available in the country since 2000. A ban on foreign-made gaming machines came into force following a parental outcry on the potential mental health effects for children.

“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 said in a statement. “Working with our partner, BesTV, we look forward to launching in China by the end of this year.”

The company did not comment specifically on the reason for the delay but did say that pre-orders have been "beyond our expectations". An exact release date has yet to be announced.

Last month, Microsoft unveiled an app that allows Xbox One users to stream content through a USB stick. The new function is compatible with video content across a variety of formats, including MPEG2 TS, animated GIF and MKV through both USB and a DLNA network.

Dean is a freelance journalist and editor covering media.

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