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Xbox One China launch set for September 23

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Posted on July 30, 2014 AT 09:16am

The Xbox One will be available in China from September 23, Microsoft has announced. It will be the first gaming and entertainment console approved for sale in China’s Free Trade Zone.

The console will cost ¥3,699 RMB (approximately $600), and includes a copy of Powerstar Golf and Neverwinter Online with a Special Edition Pack, the BesTV entertainment experience, and free access to Xbox Live Gold through March 2015.

A more expensive Day One Edition console is also available for ¥4,299 RMB that includes a limited-edition commemorative China Day One controller, a Day One Achievement for your Xbox Live profile, and copies of Kinect Sports RivalsForza Motorsport 5: Racing Game of the Year, as well as the Neverwinter Online Commemorative Edition Pack, and Powerstar Golf with in-game credit.

“We’re honored that Xbox One is the first console approved for sale in China through the Shanghai Free Trade Zone,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice-president, marketing, Devices and Studios, Microsoft. “We’re dedicated to earning millions of fans in China by working with BesTV to deliver an all in one games and entertainment experience starting September 23.”

According to Microsoft, more than 25 developers in the territory are working on over 70 titles for Xbox One, including “exclusive content, free to play games, and blockbuster titles.”

China lifted its 14-year ban on the sale of video game consoles last year.

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