CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Christmas Gift Guide
Culture

Xbox to make Singapore debut

Almost a year after its debut in the United States, Microsoft has revealed plans to launch the Xbox game console in Singapore before the winter holidays.

Almost a year after its debut in the United States, Microsoft has revealed plans to launch the Xbox game console in Singapore before the winter holidays.

Customized for Asian hands with a smaller controller, the Xbox is expected to debut with a selection of English and Chinese game titles. While the total number of games are undisclosed, Xbox project manager Alex Chua said titles to be released include "Halo," "Project Gotham Racing," "Blink" and "Mech Assault."

Microsoft is keeping mum on price details for now.

The localized Xbox will sport new changes in internal configuration to deter hackers from running custom software and illegal games on the console, an issue of particular concern in the Asia-Pacific region.

With its built-in 100mbps Ethernet port and 8GB hard drive, the company is banking on the console's Internet-ready online gaming capability as a key differentiator from other game consoles. Last week, Microsoft said the online game service for the machine is slated for launch in Japan in January. The company is still finalizing similar launch plans for other parts of Asia.

Microsoft aims to introduce the Xbox in Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong with localized game titles by year's end.

CNET Asia's Winston Chai reported from Singapore.