While it was pretty much to be expected by now, it was never officially announced before today. The Xbox One is going to be released in Japan in 2014, as Head of Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer himself confirmed.
Japan is 2nd or 3rd tier? Who cares...
That's ignorant, dismissing millions of people as worthless. No wonder Xbox can't sell in Japan.
Sony are doing the exact same thing as MS, prioritizing the west as that's where the majority of the software sales occur which is the real money maker for the businesses
Don't bother MS. XBone is DOA in Japan. You effed up with XBone and if the scale is heavily towards PS4 in USA too there is no chance of XBone succeeding in Japan. Just watch.
Japan will hit right back
you make if seem like people in japan don't deserve to know when they can get their hands on a next gen coslole? "Who cares"? what is so special about you? You will not make a penny off any xbones sold here or in Japan so stop being an a$$
I predict WAY after PS4 Asian launch. Probably September-November 2014. Maybe this time, it will sell 2 (read: TWO) million hardwares! That Kingdom Hearts 3 influence gonna sell an extra 3 Xbone hardwares in Japan! Nah nah, I just salty that KHIII is coming to the Xbone of all places, but not on the Wii U. *grumble grumble* Btw, I ain't trolling. Less than 2Mil X360s have been sold in Japan, so 2 Mil Xbones this time around would actually be considered a hit compared to Xbox's past Japanese performance. At least I'm not saying "only 3 people will buy an Xbone"
Why would they even bother with Japan. 360 was a loss there. X1 has far worse ground now. PS3 was more expensive for a long time then the 360 was. 360 was out there earlier. Now not only does the PS4 have much higher expectations then the PS3 did, but it comes out earlier in Japan(most likely), and cheaper. The only thing I think they could market it right is some amazing RPG, not likely, or family friendly titles with Kinect, which can be done on PS4 and its camera and the PS4 is releasing with many family friendly games anyways.
Japan is Nintendo's for the holidays then. I know a lot of people say Japan is second tier but the sales numbers are not far off US or Europe, think this is a mistake from both Sony and MS for not catetring to the market. Nintendo will be rubbing their hands together that they have their homeland to themselves when they have a strong holiday lineup, I can see WiiU having a good Christmas.
It seems Europe and Japan go back in forth when it comes to Nintendo's best selling IPs. Europe may get just a few 100K+ than Japan on one game, and vice versa. HOWEVER, it's North America that rakes in the most. Some, NA sales double that of Japan sales, and some are 1-3 million more than Japan sales. Even Zelda doesn't sell much in Japan compared to the US. SMBU still has sold less than a mil in Japan. There's slightly a few more Wii Us sold since then, but even if Super Mario 3D Land does manage to sell at least 1Mil and sell about 50K Wii U hardware, Japan WON'T save the Wii U. NA will pick up the slack, like they've done most of the time. Based on sales record, I HIGHLY doubt LoZ HD will sell like hotcakes many seem to think. Even the last two console Zelda games have sold less than a mil each in Japan. Once again, NA will more than likely contribute the most sales.
Back in reality... Nintendo do have a chance to shift some Wii U hardware, for sure. Put it another way; they HAVE to. This is the only Christmas the Wii U will have without the PS4 and MS's offering. Software? You can't sell software without hardware. The Wii U install base in Japan is pretty insignificant. Without a major hardware boost the software isn't going to move. Then again you have the PS3, with a significant install base and a strong (confirmed) software lineup of GT6, FF Lightning Returns, Shin Gundam Musou, Super Robot Taisen, Shin Sangoku Musou 7... And let's face it, the big multiplats are going to sell way better on PS3: CoD Ghosts, Assassin's Creed 4.... Also, Namco Bandai have clearly lost the plot by releasing the new Taiko no Tatsujin game on the Wii U and not the Wii: they will lose a ton of sales.
I could have sworn they said they were waiting Q4 2014. http://www.theverge.com/201...
Safe to say Sony will still beat them to the punch then lol
They should really give up. Japan won't care about the Xbox no matter what they do.
Agree focus on the others!
you gotta to give it to them for still trying tho. i bet MS believes that one day japan will favour the xbox brand over sony
In all honesty i cant imagine the 4 or so ppl in japan (generous estimate) wanting an xbone are too disappointed.
I don't believe that Microsoft will do well with the Xbox One in Japan judging by their history with the Xbox and Xbox 360 there. Nexus 7 2013
Well most all third party game developers will release their games same date as pS4 for Japan. So as expected MS wont be having localized games even though they release earlier..so why rush?
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