Xbox One Now Available for Preorder in China

Microsoft's Xbox One will be the first games console released in mainland China since 2000.

Gamers in China can now preorder the Xbox One exclusively through the website JD.com, according to a report from Reuters. On July 31, Xbox fans at Shanghai's ChinaJoy Expo will also be able to preorder the system at the JD.com exhibition booth.

China Telecom Corporation--the country's third largest telecommunications company--has an exclusive contract to sell the console to its 30 million broadband subscribers.

When contacted for comment, a Microsoft spokesperson didn't offer any new details, but said the company would be sharing more about its plans to launch Xbox One in China "soon."

Microsoft's system will be the first gaming console released in mainland China since the government banned console sales in 2000, due to concerns that video games could negatively impact mental health. The ban was lifted last September.

Upon lifting the 14-year ban, the Chinese government published a list of censorship rules for console games. For example, any games that "threaten China's national unity, sovereignty or territorial integrity" would be banned.

The Xbox One launches in China this September. Microsoft and China Telecom didn't include the price or exact release date of the Xbox One in China. However, the Xbox One goes on sale September 4 in Japan. In May, Sony announced plans to bring the PlayStation 4 to China, but no dates have been confirmed yet.

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113 comments
UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

Oh no, if Xbox One is in the same number of markets as PS4 then it will have more sales, what will the PS4 junkies do? they have nothing else

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

Word on the street is China hates the X.bone too.

Sohaim
Sohaim

hmm? dont they alredy have like a HUGE gray market? is the official xbox one going to be cheaper than the ones in the gray market? if its anything like the official PS4 in brazil, this official launch will not move any considerable amount of units.

xcollector
xcollector

My magic 8 ball tells me that the Chinese will buy some to reverse engineer it and crack it to play bootlegs.

shookroon360
shookroon360

what about the other countries that are waiting for the September launch? Microsoft didn't release any info about it..

deth420
deth420

that site makes everything look expansive!


on a side note, gonna have to stitch a lot of shoes, or handle a lot of lead to get one.


key comedic drum roll....

lostmyaccount
lostmyaccount

I don't think they have the fan boy problem that plagues other countries. I think the first system to be released over there will do the best and it looks like it's going to be MS.  

Zloth2
Zloth2

@lostmyaccount  They might actually have a fan boy problem: Japan is NOT very popular in China.  Still, why get a console when you can just buy a cheap PC then pirate the OS and games?

oflow
oflow

@rogerpdaultry @ArchoNils2 @Zloth2 @lostmyaccount yeah the party hardliners in China dont like either really. They hate Japan for all the atrocities they committed in WWII, they hate the US for all the Chinese soldiers that got killed in the Korean War.

xhawk27
xhawk27

PS4 isn't going to sell in China. 


Pupchu
Pupchu

@xhawk27  in all honesty, i dont think the xone will do any better in china either

jack00
jack00

At least MS will save on shipping.

quicktim3
quicktim3

hard to tell how well it will do over there. my gut feeling says it wont sell well


i mean what games do they even have that china would be interested in. 


plus it will probably be mad expensive. 

oflow
oflow

Sony fanboys that will be crying if they sell 5 million units in China?

monson21502
monson21502

@oflow the internet will explode . i cant wait till they see how much the xbox 1 will sell in japan. heard a lot of them was switching to xbox because sony is charging for online now 

Pupchu
Pupchu

"Xbox ROn..."

"There is no user by the name of Ron."

DrKill09
DrKill09

Hey, this means the XBox One's name will actually make sense in China.


Damn shame, though.  They missed out on the REAL XBox1 and PS3.

oflow
oflow

Asian people have a problem saying L not O. Unfunny

tmorri603
tmorri603

These post from the Sony fanboys makes me laugh. They act like MS will fail in China. I see them as starving for a game console after so long without one. Sony is the one that needs to worry in China. The Chinese and Japanese have had a very cold relationship for a lot of years now. I don't see them doing well because I don't see a lot of them supporting a Japanese company. It will be interesting to see what happens.

oflow
oflow

Only thing that's a bit worrisome is how they hack and steal intellectual property in China

Pupchu
Pupchu

China can be unpredictable with the ban hammer. Wonder how long this will last...

monson21502
monson21502

@Pupchu probably say mother ffers!! u dont get no food or xbox!

diggyphelps
diggyphelps

There will be about 5 knockoff versions out by sundown.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Wow a dead x1 post with so few Sony boys

Pupchu
Pupchu

What about North Korea? What about Kim Jung Il? Somebody think of Kim!!!

ezioismyname
ezioismyname

@Pupchu Il is dead...you mean his son Kim Jong Un.  He has one on preorder from China

_thedude
_thedude

Please, if they release in NK then he really will have a bomb to threaten us with.

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

Great, Now the Xbox One has another region to flop in.

Pupchu
Pupchu

@_thedude  tought it did well in japan. aint that like a "Sony market" or something?