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China Xbox Ones Unlocked

APRIL 8, 2015 • This week a firmware update went out to China market Xbox Ones, after which consumers there reported their consoles were no longer region locked and screenshots of international versions of Xbox One games running on Chinese systems soon appeared. Microsoft Corp. and its local partner, BesTV, have not officially commented on the […]

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China PS4 Arrives

MARCH 24, 2015 • Following a two-month delay the 2,899 yuan ($467) PlayStation 4 and 1,299 yuan ($209) PS Vita officially went on sale in major Chinese cities. No sales figures have been released. The AFP news service reported that the Sony store in Shanghai had 50 people waiting in line to purchase one of […]

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PS4 China Launch Delayed

JAN. 8, 2015 • Just like the Xbox One before it, the Chinese version of the PlayStation 4 will not be launching on its original launch date. Sony Computer Entertainment says it will not be able to release the console on January 11 as planned, and cannot say when the PS4 will launch in China. […]

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XBO Price Cut In China

DEC. 16, 2014 • A recent price reduction plus some attractive software bundles helped Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One to take the No. 1 spot in hardware sales during November in the U.S. Now with the looming arrival of the PlayStation 4 in China at 2,899 yuan ($469) and 3,299 yuan ($533) with the PS4 Camera […]

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XBX1 Sells 100K in China

OCT. 6, 2014 • Including local preorders the Xbox One sold 100,000 units in the first 24 hours after it launched in China on September 29. The disclosure was made by Shanghai Oriental Pearl Co., Ltd. director Zhang Dazhong in an interview with the Xinmin Evening News. The console’s original September 23 release date was […]

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No China XBX1 This Week

SEPT. 22, 2014 • The Xbox One is not launching in China on September 23 after all. In a statement issued in China, Microsoft Corp. said despite making steady progress more time was needed before launching the console. At first the company said it was shooting for a launch by the end of the year, […]

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China Console Firms Merge

SEPT. 5, 2014 • Last month Chinese president Xi Jinping called on the business community to create powerful media groups that possessed credible mainstream media assets as well as media based on new technology. Now one of the huge state-run entertainment enterprises, Shanghai Media & Entertainment Group, has finalized an asset restructuring to create just […]

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New Xbox One Markets

SEPT. 3, 2014 • September was already an important month for launching the Xbox One in new markets with China, Japan and India already announced. But this week Microsoft Corp. firmed up another 25 nations that will get the console. The new markets getting the Xbox One this week are: Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, […]

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GameFly Unloads Direct2Drive

AUG. 25, 2014 • Three years after digital distributor Direct2Drive was acquired from News Corp by GameFly, Inc., the service has been sold to Taipei-based AtGames Digital Media Inc. Terms of the acquisition were not publicly disclosed. GameFly announced the agreement on its website via a note to its customers stating the game retailer will […]

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Xbox One Pre-Orders in China

JULY 29, 2014 • JD.com Inc., the second largest e-commerce player in China after Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., is taking 500 yuan ($81) pre-orders for the Xbox One between July 28 and July 30. In a nod to the popularity of online chat services in the country the pre-orders are being taken via Tencent Holdings […]

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