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Microsoft says the delayed approach is allowing it to work on content deals and more

Microsoft plans to launch the new Xbox One in the United States in November. However, gamers who live in Asia that are hoping to get their hands on the new game console later this year are out of luck. Microsoft has recently described a staged approach to launching the video game console around the world.

A staged approach means that the console won't be available in Asia until 2014, a year after it launches in the U.S. Microsoft says that it is working on ensuring a "great experience for customers" in Asia, including offering localized content. The console will be available in select Asian markets including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and India. Microsoft considers those countries high-growth markets.

Until Microsoft launches the new Xbox One in the aforementioned countries, it will continue to focus on marketing the current Xbox 360 along with an expanded games library on the current console. Microsoft also promises that gamers in Asia will be able to enjoy upgrades to the Xbox One designed specifically for them. Those updates include things like a Kinect motion sensor designed to be used with smaller room sizes common in Asian cities.

Microsoft is also justifying the higher price tag of the Xbox One in Asia by offering the ability to watch live and on-demand television programs. The fact that television programs and standards differ across Asia with restrictions that very across the continent is one of the reasons Microsoft points to for the late launch.

“We have deepened our relationship with Japanese publishers,” Alan Bowman, Microsoft regional vice president for sales and marketing in Asia, said. “This is absolutely key to our business.”

Microsoft's main competitor in the videogame market, Sony, recently unveiled its next-generation game console. The Sony PlayStation 4 undercuts the Xbox One by $100 and doesn’t have the DRM and used game restrictions that saddle its competitor.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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By StevoLincolnite on 6/11/2013 9:06:27 AM , Rating: 5
Going Sony this round, the "Australia" tax of $100 is almost robbery when our dollar isn't worth that much less than the USD. (It's priced at $600 AUD!)

Besides... Every man-cave needs a good non-internet-connected console for when the mates come around for a beer or a dozen.
And I was looking forward to Killer Instinct too! But, Sony is easily the better deal from what has been showed thus far.

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By kleinma on 6/11/13, Rating: -1
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By geekman1024 on 6/11/2013 10:13:27 AM , Rating: 2
at least it won't brick.

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By quiksilvr on 6/11/2013 10:24:55 AM , Rating: 2
More useful than the Xbox One when my internet goes out due to a faulty line or a hurricane in the East Coast. We were without internet for over a week due to last years hurricane but entertained ourselves watching movies and playing games on my PS3. Even my digital games worked, something that can't be said for Xbox 360. Just ask Burnie Burns.

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By kleinma on 6/11/2013 11:58:42 AM , Rating: 2
I live on the east coast and lost power during irene and sandy. My android phone worked as a hotspot and I connected my xbox 360 without issue to play xbla games once power came back on but internet wires were still down. Of course judging a consoles merits on how it will perform during a hurricane seems, well, really stupid.

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By Motoman on 6/11/2013 10:35:41 AM , Rating: 2
I would expect it would be as useful as a PS3 without an internet connection. Which is to say, it does everything that doesn't require an internet connection - like, pretty much everything one owns the console for. Playing games, for example. Maybe even playing movies.

The XBox Done is nothing more than a lavish paper weight if you don't have an internet connection.

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By kleinma on 6/11/2013 11:56:46 AM , Rating: 1
It is laughable that people will complain about the internet connection thing. It really is, in 2013 a joke when people are going to cry about something needing an internet connection.

"But what about that 30 minutes each year when my internet goes down???? what will I do then???"

Of course motoman is anti anything microsoft, so it doesn't make much sense to try to point out how rediculous he is.

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By Motoman on 6/11/2013 1:44:15 PM , Rating: 2
...are you really going to pretend you didn't see all the perfectly reasonable posts people have made in previous threads about how much they normally use consoles without any internet connection?

You're pathetic.

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By Apone on 6/11/2013 2:25:40 PM , Rating: 2
@ kleinma

Why are you assuming that everyone has a 25+ mbps Internet connection in their home? I get that it's 2013 and Internet is supposed to be ubiquitous but it's a solid argument that everyone might not have Internet in some parts of the United States, especially the more rural areas where ISP's have a small(or zero) presence.

When I have to wait for long periods of time on the road such as at the airport, getting my car's oil changed, etc., I always bring my laptop and enjoy being able to game with or without Internet access. Also us PC gamers are happy not always needing an Internet connection for LAN parties. Bottom line, why deny the fundamental premise of gaming in the first place? What's next, is Microsoft going to charge an electricity premium for plugging your Xbox One into an outlet?

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By kleinma on 6/11/2013 2:32:09 PM , Rating: 2
why are you assuming there is a 25+ mbps connection required for the console?

Your laptop argument means nothing at all. Are you going to bring a console to the airport or on a road trip? Nope, it sits in your living room.

What I really want to know is out of all the people bitching about needing an internet connection, how many of you really have a PS3 and/or xbox 360 and don't have internet in their house/dorm/apt. I have to believe it is the minority of users, the very, very small minority.

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By Motoman on 6/11/2013 3:00:36 PM , Rating: 2
Why are you assuming that ~45 millions Americans who have no access to reliable broadband is a "very, very small minority?"

Let alone, and as mentioned before, all the perfectly sensible reasons why people regularly use their consoles without internet connections. Like traveling with it for example and using it in a hotel room.

There is ZERO upside to the consumer for requiring internet connectivity. None. And you're still pathetic.

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By ie5x on 6/12/2013 6:48:45 AM , Rating: 2
how many of you really have a PS3 and/or xbox 360 and don't have internet in their house/dorm/apt

You would be surprised. Anyways, read this one and decide for yourself how wrong it is to keep this asinine DRM -

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By nikon133 on 6/11/2013 4:42:56 PM , Rating: 2
All offline games including split-screens. At least kids can take them to vacations or grandparents' houses when visiting, for those rainy days (plentiful here in NZ).

Dealbreaker maybe not, but very nice bonus in some scenarios.

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By althaz on 6/11/2013 10:09:50 AM , Rating: 2
When was the Australian price released? If it's going to be $600, I'll be skipping it at release (but from the looks of things the PS4 just doesn't appeal to me as much, so that's probably a no-go).

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By Flunk on 6/11/2013 10:10:14 AM , Rating: 2
You have to remember that the US price doesn't include VAT, sales tax (where applicable) is added to the price. After tax and currency conversion it's more like $40.

Can't Compete In That Market
By Freakie on 6/11/2013 11:56:13 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't the 360 perform horribly in Asian markets over Sony? My guess is the delayed release is so they don't have to go head-to-head with Sony's big release in a market they already do bad in, more than taking the time to optimize the experience. I am sure they are still optimizing, but the main motivation feels more like them choosing their battles.

By TakinYourPoints on 6/12/2013 5:26:14 AM , Rating: 2
There's also the fact that Sony is currently producing PS4s, they're WAY ahead of the game even with the last minute increase in RAM. Microsoft is still scrambling to get the hardware and software finalized, they still aren't prepared for manufacturing.

Microsoft waiting to release hardware in markets they don't perform well in is one thing, but another thing to consider is the potential constrained supply for a simultaneous global release.

By unimatrix725 on 6/11/2013 11:56:46 AM , Rating: 2
I guess M$ is going to let asian government install a firewall and spyware combo. Guess Obama beat them to it. At least we will still have our porn... Lol

We have deepened
By TheJian on 6/12/2013 9:00:05 AM , Rating: 1
"We have deepened our ability with the japanese to screw the customer even more than before, this sort of stuff takes time ya know" "In order to take away every right possible from you we needed more time here"

ROFL. And for $100 more...whatever. Long live the PC :)

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