Microsoft's Xbox One console was due to launch in China on 23rd September, but just a day beforehand the company delayed its release because they wanted to deliver a 'first-rate gaming and entertainment' experience. Just a couple of days after the announcement of the delay, Microsoft have set a new launch date of 29th September.
10 games have been approved by the Chinese government for launch alongside the console on the 29th. The games are Dance Central Spotlight, Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, Naughty Kitties (from Coconut Island, a Chinese ID@Xbox developer), Neverwinter Online, Powerstar Golf, Rayman Legends, Trials Fusion and Zoo Tycoon.
Microsoft say that there are over 70 other games lined up for approval like Halo: The Master Chief Collection, for example.
The launch of the Xbox One comes after China lifted a 14-year ban on foreign games consoles in January this year. Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo can now manufacture their consoles, with the aid of a local partner, in Shanhai's free trade zone, and sell them there. Microsoft's partner in the area is BesTV.
'This milestone is significant for both our partnership with China and our global expansion plan. We will continue to work closely with our partner BesTV to bring exciting games, entertainment and app experiences to delight gamers across China,' stated Xbox head Phil Spencer in a press release Tuesday.
The senior vice president of Shanghai Media Group (parent company to BesTV) also spoke of the launch saying, 'China has celebrated gaming for many years and there couldn't be a better way to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone than to deliver the first approved console to our fans.'