Xbox One To Launch With Free Xbox Live Gold Access In China

By Ishaan . July 30, 2014 . 10:00am

Xbox One will launch in China on September 23rd, and will come with free access to Xbox Live Gold through March 2015, Microsoft announced this morning. The system will be sold starting at ¥3,699 RMB.


In addition to the regular edition, the system will also get a special Day One edition, which includes the Kinect peripheral. Also included in this edition is a limited edition controller, a Day One achievement for Xbox Live, Kinect Sports Rivals, Forza Motorsport 5: Racing Game of the Year, the Neverwinter Online Commemorative Edition Pack, and Powerstar Golf with in-game credit.


The special edition Day One Xbox One is being launched in partnership with BesTV, and will be available for ¥4,299 RMB while supplies last.


BesTV, an entertainment technology company, is a subsidiary of Shanghai Media Group, and will also be Microsoft’s partner for home entertainment in China. The BesTV collaboration will make movies, sports, documentaries and on-demand TV available via Xbox Live. Xbox owners in China will also get two free movies per month.


“We have made significant investments in China to deliver a tailored Xbox One experience for our fans,” said Enwei Xie, general manager of Xbox China.


You can find further details of the Xbox One launch in China here.

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  • LonelyGamer

    Expect it to be hacked during the first week sale. Never underestimate China in digital piracy.

    • Satori Satya

      That’s not even the worse of it.

      Any console sold there will need to be manufactured in China. And the government is going to make sure each unit can be monitored. To keep tabs on users and be able to censor them if they do something “illegal”.

  • otakumike

    MS has always had deep pockets and they are really showing it now. I feel they may actually sway the Chinese audience to their side, which would be a pretty significant win for them.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      They should have a big advantage with the computer side. Yes, those may be pirated versions of windows, but it is their splash screen which has been seen before; not Sony’s.

      • AndyLC

        The PSP is immensely popular in China (with Monster Hunter being the top game) and a lot of people grew up with pirated PS1’s and PS2’s

        The 360 got ahead of the PS3 because it was much easier to pirate. There’s little feelings of brand loyalty towards microsoft.

      • darke

        The issue is that the splash screen is associated with un-updated, pirate copies of windows. Often unstable and virus filled, if what gets blocked by the firewall of university I work for is anything to go by. :( (We have a large amount of international students from China and East Asia, so just blocking all of China isn’t exactly an option for us.)

        MS is much better nowadays if the stability of most of my server fleet is anything to go buy, but they’re still associated with unreliable, flawed and buggy software to a lot of people.

        Especially since the 360 was the most popular in China due to how quickly the DRM was broken, and how easy it was to pirate.

    • Godmars

      Thing is, wasn’t there a survey showing that a good majority of Chinese gamers proffered the PS4 over the XB1? Which is likely why this is happening.

      • Satori Satya

        Nope. In the Chinese market, the PC master race reigns supreme.

        Consoles are going to have a hard time doing well there. Since the censorship is going to be fierce on consoles. And thus, the allure to jump from PC gaming to consoles will just not be there.

        But even if they manage to capture a small percentage of the market, it could make it worth their time over there.

  • DeAndre Atchison

    20 bucks says it explodes in a week

    • John Hayabusa

      60 bucks if it explodes in a day.

  • planetofthemage

    Isn’t this the first console to be released in China since the console ban a while back?

  • Snorlaxation

    I know it’s petty, but I hope this doesn’t go the way MS expects.

  • eilegz

    well sony make multiplayer free without ps plus…. microsoft wont surrender that easily and china its a big market

  • Godmars

    There is not an “LOL” large enough to express how funny this is to me. How desperate it shows MS has gotten.

  • Godmars

    There is not an “LOL” large enough to express how funny this is to me. How desperate it shows MS has gotten.

    • Satori Satya

      LOL at this:

      “It’s only been about a month since Microsoft announced that it’ll be bringing the Xbox to China come September, courtesy of the local government lifting its somewhat lax ban on imported video games and consoles.

      Today, Sony finally confirmed that the PlayStation will indeed be joining Redmond’s console in the Far East. Just like Microsoft’s collaboration with China’s BesTV, Sony’s also working with a local company called Shanghai Oriental Pearl Culture Development (OPCD in short).”

      Nintendo is joining on the fun too!

    • skittles

      Do you even know the value of the renminbi? If MS was as ‘desperate’ as you say they would not sell the console STARTING at $600US for the base model with no kinect or extras. That day one edition is even worse. This is beyond what is affordable for a lot of Chinese.

      • ineedgames

        It’s also a really good deal when they are getting $40US for games.
        But china is known for it’s black market so that might be why it’s so cheap.

  • Eder García

    China loves fighting games, why no Killer Instinct is in this list?

    • ineedgames

      Killer instinct is heavy on death and violence and China doesn’t like that expecialy with a character like Spanal in the game.
      But they always sencer thats stuff.

      Xbox will need to carter to more children type games for an audience like China.

  • ineedgames

    I hope Xbox makes a dent in Asia, WiiU and PS4 are not hitting the Asian Audience hard enough.

  • Göran Isacson

    Kinda interested to see if/when someone succeeds in China. It’s such a huge market that if you can sell well there, you should be set for a grand old time, buuut… piracy. Think that might be a problem in the quest for profit.

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