Xbox One Asia launch: Everything you need to know

The Microsoft console is finally arriving in the region. How much will it cost in each country? Which games are available? All the answers are here.

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Microsoft's new console made its debut last year in November in the US and Europe, but the Xbox One has taken its time travelling to Asia. Given the long lead time, many enthusiastic gamers have already plumped for Sony's rival PlayStation 4, which launched in the region in December.

The long wait for the Xbox One is almost over though -- Microsoft will be launching the console in Hong Kong, India, Taiwan and Singapore on September 23, while for Korea and China, dates have yet to be confirmed. Japan is set for a slightly earlier launch this week, on September 4.

Price-wise, the Xbox One comes in two versions -- with and without Kinect. Interestingly, in Singapore, the Kinect-free Xbox One is priced the same as the PlayStation 4, though the launch bundle does come with a free game: EA Sports FIFA 15.

India Hong Kong Taiwan Singapore Japan Korea China
Launch date Sep 23 Sep 23 Sep 23 Sep 23 Sep 2 This year Sep
Price without Kinect 39,990 Rupee
($661)
HK$3,380
($436)
NT$12,980
($434)
S$639
($511)
39,980 Yen
($383)
498,000 Won
($491)
TBA
Price with Kinect 45,990 Rupee
($760)
HK$4,180
($539)
NT$15,980
($534)
S$739
($591)
49,980 Yen
($479)
638,000 Won
($629)
TBA

Based on the dollar prices after conversion, the cheapest place to get your Xbox One will be in Japan. Since the Xbox One is region-free, it may be a good deal if you're there on holiday. The Microsoft console is pretty expensive for those living in India, but this is likely due to taxes.

Launch titles for Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan are similar: Battlefield 4, Crimson Dragon, Dance Central Spotlight, Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition, EA Sports UFC, FIFA 15, Forza Motorsport 5, Halo: Spartan Assault, Call of Duty: Ghosts, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark, Killer Instinct, Kinect Sports Rivals, LocoCycle, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, Need for Speed Rivals, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, Powerstar Golf, Ryse: Son of Rome, Titanfall, Watch Dogs and Zoo Tycoon.

In Korea, launch titles include all of the above games as well as Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. We're checking with Microsoft on which games are available for India and Japan and will update when we hear back.

About the author

Aloysius Low is a Senior Writer at CNET Asia and covers all things mobile. A former World of Warcraft addict, he now dabbles in social media to stave off the withdrawal symptoms. As a lover of all things furry, he's also the unfortunate slave/minion of two adorable cats.

 

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