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    Xbox One launch delayed in Asia until late 2014, no mention of Japan

    Microsoft revealed its Xbox One launch pricing this week at E3, with the company planning to release its next-gen console in November for $499. Twenty-one markets were revealed, including the UK and parts of Europe, but the company remained quiet about its exact plans in other regions. The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft is delaying its Xbox One launch in Asia until late 2014, a full year after the console debuts in the US.

    Alan Bowman, Microsoft’s regional vice president for sales and marketing in Asia, says the move is part of a "staged approach" for the Xbox One, noting the company is planning to offer localised content once the console is available. The WSJ claims Microsoft is only planning to offer the Xbox One in select Asian markets, including Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and India. Notably, Japan is missing from that list, a market that the Xbox 360 has struggled in traditionally.

    The Asian delay may be related to Microsoft's Kinect motion sensor. Although the new Kinect has been improved to work in smaller room sizes, with a wide angle lens, Bowman admits that Microsoft listened to customer feedback that "not everyone in Asia has living rooms." Although there's no mention of Japan, Bowman says Microsoft has "deepened" its relationship with Japanese publishers, claiming it's "absolutely key to our business." We have reached out to Microsoft for comment on the Asian delay and the Xbox One situation in Japan, and we'll update you accordingly.

    Update: Microsoft is refusing to comment on specifics. "In the coming year Xbox One will continue to roll out around the world. Stay tuned for details about future markets and timings," says a Microsoft spokesperson.
    This is certainly not good

    Destiny and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is all I need for the rest of the year.

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    Yep doesn't sound good at all.

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    The japanese wont buy it anyway! Makes no difference to us.
    Last edited by Soldier 95B; 06-11-2013 at 20:39.

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    Don't really care, Xbone already dead to many gamers.

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    Doubt it'll matter much in the end.

    Quote Originally Posted by Flaw3d Genius View Post
    The japs wont buy it anyway! Makes no difference to us.
    The Japanese*

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    That's a long delay. I swear they said it was releasing same day worldwide. As unfeasible as that sounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn View Post
    That's a long delay. I swear they said it was releasing same day worldwide. As unfeasible as that sounds.
    I thought they said 29 countries?

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    Microsoft listened to customer feedback
    Oh I beg to differ.....

    8 years and counting!

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    Asia gets the:
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    edition.

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    That's quite a small market for them anyway. No big deal.

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    Since when did MS care about Asia?

    #IndieStation4 and proud of it.

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    Xbox should stay out of Japan. I didn't even know Xboxes were sold in Asia, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soldier 95B View Post
    Xbox should stay out of Japan. I didn't even know Xboxes were sold in Asia, lol.
    For once we agree. Thier sales are abismal and do not justify selling them there.
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    Microsoft will lose japanese indie support because of PS4 and WiiU and Xbox just doesn't sell at Japan. Might as well give up totally.
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    So the ps4 will have a whole year head start in the Asian market poor MS.they should not launch in Japan anyways

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    I guess PS4 will be the jrpg console of choice. I hope you Xbox guys love fps.

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    Consoles aren't that popular in Asia.

    Korea = PC + They prefer to play the games outside such as hiring a console to play FIFA.
    China = Not really popular

    Japan is the only market to focus on in Asia. Hence why they don't care because Japanese gamers prefer Sony & Nintendo.

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    Sony won't be launching in Japan this year either.

    http://www.computerandvideogames.com...pan-this-year/

    Japan isn't nearly as important, so this makes sense. The PS4 is region-free though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ixion View Post
    Sony won't be launching in Japan this year either.

    http://www.computerandvideogames.com...pan-this-year/

    Japan isn't nearly as important, so this makes sense. The PS4 is region-free though.
    ZOMG, a JPN company not launching its product on its home turf along with other regions? Sony is doomed.

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