Microsoft's Xbox One partner in China, BesTV, revealed that the Chinese government has approved of the sale of 5 million units of the game console ahead of the Xbox One's official launch in that country on September 23.

The number paves the way for Microsoft to sell a bunch of Xbox Ones in China, which lifted a long running sales ban on all Western game consoles earlier this year that had lasted for 13 years. Sony has also announced plans to sell the rival PlayStation 4 in China, but so far has not announced a specific launch date.

When the Xbox One does go on sale in China, it will have a price of 3,699 RMB ($600) and will come with free access to Xbox Live Gold through March 2015, along with the game's Powerstar Golf and Neverwinter Online with a Special Edition Pack. Microsoft will launch the Xbox One in over 25 more markets around the world through the month of September.

What do you think about the prospects for the Xbox One's sales in China?

Source: PC World