A year after its official launch in the United States, Microsoft's Xbox games console is set to hit the Hong Kong market on November 22. In line with the cost in most overseas markets, the console will launch at a recommended price of HK$1,599. Dressed as a motor racing driver from the game title Project Gotham Racing, Mark Phibbs, Microsoft Hong Kong's general manager, said yesterday the company believed that it could become the leading console vendor in Hong Kong. 'We have superior technology over the competition,' Mr Phibbs said. 'We are very confident that we can take a lot of market share from Sony - I am not sure how long it would take, but we are very confident of becoming the No 1 in games console in Hong Kong.' The Xbox has a built-in hard disk and DVD player, which can also play music during game-play. It also has a built-in Ethernet for future online gaming Xbox Live. The game console will be available with a Chinese interface. Microsoft will bring in about 50 game titles when it is launched, including Project Gotham Racing, Blinx and MechAssault. Two games - Halo and Harry Potter - will be available in Chinese. The company said there would be more than 80 game titles available by the end of the year. Despite the company counting on Xbox Live to lure gamers with broadband access in the US, Yolanda Chan, chief marketing director of Microsoft Hong Kong, said the company had no timeline to roll it out in Hong Kong. Microsoft has sold about four million consoles and 20 million game titles globally since last year, but it still follows some distance behind Sony's PlayStation and Nintendo's GameCube in most markets. According to games and technology research firm Informa Media Group, Sony will have 69 per cent of the world console market by the end of the year, with sales of 48.4 million for PlayStation 2. Nintendo's GameCube is expected to reach 15 million and Microsoft 6.9 million. Microsoft, the Hong Kong Computer Society (HKCS) and the Information Technology Services Department yesterday announced the winners of Hong Kong's first 'Web Services Xcellence Award Competition'. The winning teams and individuals shared cash prizes and scholarships worth HK$500,000, plus computer equipment and travel to Microsoft's Beijing research labs. Daniel Lai, president of HKCS, said XML and Web Services represented an important opportunity for the local IT industry 'to be at the forefront of a technology revolution that will have a major impact over the next decade.' The first prize went to Sam Sze for DigiPoint.Net, a digital photography workflow application. The top student prize went to the Chinese University for its XVIP XML-based Video Information Processing System.