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Microsoft First Out of the Xbox After China’s Ban Falls

It’s game on in China, as Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One becomes the first entertainment console to hit the market after the end of a 13-year ban.

Microsoft today began taking orders for its new game console from online retailer Inc. via Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s mobile-messaging applications. The pair of Chinese Internet companies hold exclusive rights to pre-sell the locally made Xbox One until July 30, said in a news release. The console is slated to ship nationwide in September.