The Chinese are lining up to buy the Xbox One after a 14-year government ban on legally purchasing game consoles, but they won’t be playing the console’s most popular games.
According to Bloomberg, the Xbox One went on sale in 4,000 Chinese stores as the first console to launch there legally since the 2000 ban, but the government still says no to violent shooting games like Call of Duty, Halo, Titanfall and Destiny.
Chinese gamers have only ten titles available at launch, namely Kinect Sports Rivals, Forza Motorsport 5, Powerstar Golf, Neverwinter Online, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, Dance Central Spotlight, Rayman Legends, Trials Fusion, Naughty Kitties (a Chinese-developed exclusive), and Zoo Tycoon, according to CNET.
Bloomberg quotes Wang Song, a Chinese game developer who admits that the less than stellar lineup makes him view his Xbox One purchase as “more of a souvenir” than a console he’ll be spending a lot of time with. At 4,299 yuan ($700), that’s an expensive souvenir. But he also sounds hopeful that better games will eventually get through China’s strict censorship.
“I’m not interested in any of the 10 games provided on the Xbox now,” Wang said. “I’m waiting for Halo and Titanfall.”
Photo of launch line from Xbox Wire