Microsoft has cancelled the Chinese launch of the Xbox One just days before it was due to go on sale. Expected to release on Tuesday, 23rd September after China ended a 14-year ban on foreign consoles being sold in the country.
“Despite strong and steady progress, we are going to need a bit more time to deliver the best experiences possible for our fans in China,” according to a Microsoft announcement. It said the launch would still take place and would happen before the end of 2014.
When it does go on sale, the console is expected to cost 3,699 yuan (£370, $600) without the Kinect and 4,299 yuan with it.
Part of China’s requirements when it lifted the ban was that anyone wishing to sell consoles in the country had to team up with a local manufacturer to make the gadgets locally. Microsoft has signed up with BesTV while Sony made a deal with Shanghai Oriental Pearl.
Microsoft has yet to announce a new release date putting it in a similar position Sony’s PlayStation 4 which also currently has no Chinese release date announced.