Konami of Europe has confirmed that its hugely successful Pro Evolution Soccer franchise is to make its debut on the Xbox video game system from Microsoft later this year.

The first Pro Evolution Soccer for Xbox will be released in Q4, 2004, and is certain to bring the same level of detail found in the PS2 and PC versions to the Xbox.

“We are delighted to be bringing what is rightly seen as the pinnacle of football titles to a new legion of fans,” commented Kunio Neo, President, Konami of Europe. “It is one of Konami's most prestigious and most important titles, and we anticipate that the Xbox version will enjoy the same phenomenal level of success as its predecessors on other formats.”

The news will be well received at Microsoft and should help its Christmas line-up for the console against strong contenders from PS2 and Nintendo.