According to Chinese gaming news sources, the first console to launch in China after lifting the ban on systems has moved 100,000 units in its first week at retail. As the headline suggests, the machine that sold well isn’t the PlayStation 4 or the Wii U, it’s the Xbox One.
We have the news of these impressive early figures from Kotaku via Chinese gaming site 17173. That site, and others like it, have produced stories that say China will be the biggest Asian market for the Xbox One. That’s not surprising, especially given the fact the console is off to one of the worst starts in the last 20 years in Japan.
100,000 units sold in the first week at retail is great for any console. I assume Microsoft gained an early edge in China by simply being the first legal option at retail for gaming machines since the ban lifted. That alone would drive people to stores to snap up the platform.
Hopefully the Chinese market is as welcoming to the Wii U and PlayStation 4 when they release down the line. There are a lot of consumers to be sold to in that region of the world, and more money made there would lead to a stronger gaming industry in general.
That’s good for everyone.