Microsoft Japan President Yasuyuki Higuchi revealed in an interview with 4Gamer, a Japanese video game publication, that the Xbox One would not be released in Japan until next year.
In the interview, which was translated by Dualshockers, Higuchi indicated that Japan is a Tier 2 Xbox One rollout nation, meaning that it will part of a group of nations that won't see the Xbox One until 2014. We ran the interview through Google Translate, and it confirms what Dualshockers reported.
The Xbox One has been embroiled in a swirl of controversy and distaste among gamers since Microsoft revealed it in May during a company event. Microsoft initially announced that the Xbox One would feature DRM and restrictions on used games, while the PS4 contained neither from the start. Two weeks ago, Microsoft reversed course, announcing that the Xbox One would not ship with DRM or used game restrictions. However, the Xbox One lost three big features as a result of this reversal.
What do you think of the Xbox One's 2014 Japanese release date? Will you be getting the PS4 or the Xbox One? Why or why not? Will you be pre-ordering the PS4 or the Xbox One? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below.
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