I'll be the first to admit it: I didn't expect it to happen. But now, Microsoft has proven me wrong. The Xbox One is China's first official video game console in 14 years and, as of today, it is officially on sale.
Originally slated for release last Tuesday, the console was delayed for six days. There was a launch party set up, but due to poor weather, the party was canceled. Microsoft also provided statements, saying that haven't been any new celebrations planned for the console's launch.
Despite the lack of official plans, the Xbox One's launch wasn't without fanfare. One of Microsoft's retail partners organised a midnight launch for eight of its retail outlets across China. Sure, it's not like a midnight release at a GameStop, but Sunning electronics had a store in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shenyang, Wuhan, and Chongqing open at midnight. That's pretty much the major Chinese cities.
The following video and photos are of the midnight launch in Shanghai.
Just look at those photos of the Shanghai midnight launch! It doesn't look as bad as what happened in Japan. Then again, Japan's had gaming consoles since forever.