According to a new report, those in Asia will have to wait a year longer than those in the United States to get their hands on the brand spanking new Xbox One console. Asia is expected to have the console in late 2014 while certain countries, including the United States, will have it this November.
Apparently, this is part of a “staged approach” to marketing the new console. When the Xbox One is made available in Asia, only select “high-growth” markets will see the console. These markets include Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and India. Why these countries? Simple. These countries are responsible for the region’s booming gaming industry. Apparently, the Xbox console became the top-selling gaming console in Asia just this year. According to Microsoft Asia’s Alan Bowman, the software giant is working on ensuring a great experience for customers in the region as well as offering localized content.
“We are focusing on delivering games people want to play,” Bowman states, adding that the software giant is listening to the feedback since not everyone in Asia has a living room.”The field of vision required for Kinect is much smaller,” Bowman adds.
Microsoft revealed during the E3 press event in Los Angeles yesterday that the new Xbox One console would be available in 21 countries beginning November of this year. Those countries include United States, France, Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, Spain, Russia, Brazil, Italy, Sweden, Australia, Ireland, Norway, New Zealand, Belgium, Finland, United Kingdom, Austria, and Denmark.Further reading: Microsoft, Xbox One