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(InToday)   Fourteen years after Xbox was banned in China, Microsoft Xbox One will launch there on Sept 23   (businesstoday.intoday.in) divider line 6
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2014-07-31 09:57:41 AM
Of course, it'll also have 33% price premium, selling at $600 USD (or around 3600 RMB). Microsoft claims that the 33% increase in price is because of China's 17% import tax, which confuses me.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2460180/xbox-ones-high-price-in-china -d raws-complaints-but-likely-buyers-too.html
 
2014-07-31 11:50:42 AM
Duh, it's because they can use the Kinect to make sure you're not doing anything anti-Communist
 
2014-07-31 12:28:43 PM
My understanding of gaming practices and culture in China lead me to believe it won't be all that profitable.  Most gaming is done (if I have read correctly) in PC cafes that use a free to play model or are based on mobile gaming.  The size of the market that could afford and would have much interest in the console would be relatively small.
 
2014-07-31 12:32:03 PM

Gergesa: Most gaming is done (if I have read correctly) in PC cafes that use a free to play model or are based on mobile gaming.


Well, yes, that's kind of a necessary consequence when the majority of console gaming is officially banned. Consoles are still available through gray-market suppliers (PS4 is in China right now through Hong Kong), but it is a relatively niche market.
 
2014-07-31 02:13:21 PM
No word on which lucky party official will be the one who gets the one Xbox One.
 
2014-07-31 11:46:28 PM

RexTalionis: Of course, it'll also have 33% price premium, selling at $600 USD (or around 3600 RMB). Microsoft claims that the 33% increase in price is because of China's 17% import tax, which confuses me.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2460180/xbox-ones-high-price-in-china -d raws-complaints-but-likely-buyers-too.html


How does that even work?

After they make the XBox in China, they take it 1 feet from the border and then bring it back in to levy the import taxes?
 
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