Based on this info at Xbox’s website, earlier today we pointed out that existing Asian Xbox Live countries such as Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan are not in the list of the launch market for Microsoft Xbox One in November. It turns out to be true according to this interview with Alan Bowman, Microsoft’s regional vice president for sales and marketing in Asia by Wall Street Journal.
According to Bowman, Xbox One will only be made available in the region sometime in late 2014 – around one year after its launch in US. The console will be released in all the countries we mentioned above with the exception of Japan which is odd even though it is rather understandable since Xbox traditionally doesn’t perform well in Japanese market. As a comparison, Xbox 360 was released in Japan in less than a month after its US launch which followed by South Korea two months later.
The report also stated that these five countries are the “select Asian markets” for the console as they are identified as high-growth markets for Asia’s gaming industry. Guess the chances of seeing a Microsoft Xbox console to be officially launched in Malaysia are getting thinner even after two generations of Xbox. Oh well…
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