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access_time June 12, 2013 at 12:50 AM in News by Charlie Grammer

E3 2013: Microsoft delays Xbox One launch in Asia until 2014

Xbox One to arrive in Asia a year after US.

Xbox One to arrive in Asia a year after US.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal yesterday, Microsoft announced their plans to release the Xbox One in Asia in late 2014, a full year after the US release.

Alen Bowman (Microsoft’s regional Vice President for Sales and Marketing in Asia) stated that the delay was because the company was trying to ensure a “great experience for customers” in the region, utilizing such things as localized content.

Said Bowman, “We are focusing on delivering games people want to play.”

According to the interview, Asian gamers will indeed be able to look forward to various upgrades in the Xbox One that will be made specifically with them in mind. One such “upgrade” is the ability of the Kinect to work within “dramatically reduced” room sizes.

As they focus on implementing all of these upgrades for the Asian market, they are focusing on trying to sell more 360s in the regions.

Will the upgrades amount to much more than the narrowed Kinect field of vision?


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