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Xbox One sets for Sept 29 launch in China

By Xinhua
 Xbox One sets for Sept 29 launch in China

People look at a screen which shows the Xbox One logo during the presentation of the Xbox One in Shanghai on July 30, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE)

SHANGHAI - Microsoft has postponed the China launch of its Xbox One gaming console from Tuesday to next Monday, a move which coincides with the one-year anniversary of a pilot project that allowed for manufacture and sales of the console in the country.

Sept 29 marks the anniversary of the launch of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ), and also that of a joint venture in the FTZ between Microsoft and Chinese Internet television company BesTV.

With the joint venture, Microsoft has been allowed to manufacture and sell the Xbox along with its Chinese partner in the country, marking China's lifting of its ban to permit foreign firms to manufacture consoles for sale in China.

Previously, China's Ministry of Culture together with seven other ministries banned the manufacture and sale of all game consoles in China in 2000.

Xbox One is the first games console legally available in China since then.

Consumers will be able to buy the console and related products in over 3,200 outlets including branches of China Telecom, Shanghai government sources told Xinhua.

The new model will cost 3,699 yuan ($601) without the Kinect motion detection system and 4,299 yuan with Kinect, Microsoft said in July.

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