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Xbox One to launch in Japan in 2014

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Microsoft's next-generation console, the Xbox One, will launch in Japan in 2014, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed with Polygon today.

"Xbox One launches in 13 countries on November 22, and we are on track to launch in Japan — and additional markets around the world — in 2014," the spokesperson said. Information on a specific launch date and cost was not available.

Microsoft confirmed the Japanese launch window for the Xbox One in an interview with Famitsu. The next-gen hardware will be available on Nov. 22 in the U.S., Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the U.K., Mexico, New Zealand and Spain. It will retail in North America for $499, £429 in the U.K. and in Europe for €499.

It was announced during SCEJA's Press Conference 2013 last week that the PlayStation 4 will launch in Japan on Feb. 22, 2014 for ¥39,980 and ¥43,980 bundled with its Eye camera peripheral. Consumers in the region who purchase the PlayStation 4 at launch will receive Knack for free.