Microsoft has confirmed the official launch date for the Xbox One in mainland China – September 23rd.
In a report via Reuters, the head of marketing and strategy for Microsoft’s Xbox group, Yusuf Mehdi, confirmed the launch date at a company event in Shanghai.
The console itself will cost a whopping $600 USD, or 3,699 yuan in comparison. While you can’t let the market price variance throw you off, to put things into perspective – 3,700 yuan can easily be an average month’s salary in mainland China. Xbox One with Kinect will cost 4,299 yuan, or roughly $700 dollars.
While this is a pretty steep price for the average worker in China, the Xbox One will be the first foreign game console sold within mainland China since the country’s game console ban was lifted earlier this year.
Sony is also eyeing up the Chinese market, as they’ve already confirmed their plans to launch their various Playstation consoles in the country as well, although we have no time frame for that.