Microsoft Deals a Knockout Punch for India Gamers; Will Only Release Xbox One in India Late Next Year

While users could buy the Xbox one from abroad or from black markets, the console is region locked, unlike the PlayStation 4,which means gamers wont be able to actually use the device till games are launched in the country.

xboxoneIn some real painful news to gamers in the country, Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One will not hit the country till late 2014. This was revealed by Alan Bowman, Microsoft’s VP for sales and marketing in Asia to the Wall Street Journal.

Just yesterday, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One would be priced at $500 and would be launched in 21 countries initially in November this year. These will mostly be North American and European countries.

The report goes on say that the Xbox became the top-selling console in Asia last year, with revenues growing 20% year-on-year and that the regions high-growth markets  like Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and India would be the only countries to get the device when it finally releases.

This move by Microsoft is quite shocking in this day and age when most companies launch products simultaneously all over the world.

Companies like Apple which use to consider India as a dumping ground till a few months ago, have changed their policies and we now see the latest Apple products launched within a couple of months of its global launch. Samsung released its flagship phone the Galaxy S4 on the same week as the rest of the world in India. Even BlackBerry launched the Z10 and the Q10 just a month after its global availability and even before countries like the US.

Why then is Microsoft delaying the launch by so much?

One of the reasons could be that  Microsoft wants to let the Xbox 360 continue its good run in Asian countries, till it is able to meet demand for the One in other parts of the world.

Meanwhile, Sony announced it’s pricing for its latest gaming console the PS4 last day. The console which was first launched in February this year, had its design under wraps. Unveiling the console at E3, Sony has also revealed the design and said that it will be priced at $399 in the US, £349 in the UK, and €399 in Europe.

Unlike the Xbox One, the PS4 doesn’t put restrictions on gamers, so they can play rented or used games, and even lend games to their friends.

Though we don’t know when the PS4 would hit India, with a price tag that is $100 less than that of the Xbox One, the PS4 can gain an upper hand if the console is on shelves by the end of this year.

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