Microsoft Japan just announced the release date and pricing of the Xbox One in the archipelago of the Rising sun. Japanese gamers will be able to enjoy Microsoft's console on September 4th.
Will be interesting to see what Microsoft will bring to the table as far as the Japanese audience goes this time around especially in an environment where handhelds dominate. American products are popular in Japan contrary to popular belief, Iphones are very popular in Japan which leads me to believe Xbox has an image issue in Japan that needs to be remarketed towards the Japanese audience.
IPhone is only 1 American hardware product.
Xboxes aren't manufactured in the USA and neither are iPhones.
He meant the OS and the companies. Technically, Microsoft isn't even an American company. It's financials are in Ireland. Why? Safe tax haven; better income on exports. Technically, it's an Ireland company. So now you don't need to ask why the Xbox logo is green. http://www.holidayinsights....
The difference is, iphone is actually a quality product unlike the 360 and now the Xbox One. The Japanese are not easy to fool when it comes to hardware technology.
sometimes i dont know if people here are serious, joking or just stupid. Xbox 360 wasnt a quality product, Xbox One isnt a quality product... please tell me more LOL Oh the ignorance. Ps4 must not be a quality product aswell because Xbox One and Ps4 are almost the same thing, gaming consoles.
uhh outside of RRoD, Xbox 360 is an AWESOME machine. I still won't buy an XB1, until there is a game for it I HAVE to play. But yea, let's not bash just to bash. Microsoft digs their own grave deep enough, that we don't need to dig for them.
I think the "image problem" comes down to that Japan has two really strong local consoles makers which they have had experience with for decades. The Japanese people, in general, do have a lot of national pride, and there is a lot to be proud of when it comes to Japanese gaming heritage. As an American, MS doesn't instill any kind of pride in me, as I feel they haven't brought to the gaming industry what the Japanese gaming industry has since the NES. Otherwise, I don't really think that the Japanese people are not buying the XBox brand due to an image problem, or that it's because MS is an American company, it's more that MS hasn't done enough to earn the respect of Japanese gamers by showing strong support for them over the long term.
This is what I admire about American people, they would make excuses for other cultures that they would never make for their own. This is what I am getting from what you are saying: Oh you just don't understand them. They are not like us - they have pride (we don't). M$ needs to find a way to earn their respect. Japan has good companies that their people are proud of so Americans should be happy to buy their products. M$ (one of the most successful companies on the planet) is bad, so I am not proud of what they have accomplished as a company. That is what I get from what you just wrote. Don't feel like I am lashing out at you. I am not. There are many more like you that get on the internet and actually join people in other countries many of whom are actually envious, in batching and trash talking things American that you have every right to be proud of. Microsoft is a world class leading company. Their software is used and kept affordable around the world. They are a huge player in driving the U.S. and world economies so you and your family can make a decent living. There is plenty to be proud of in Microsoft, if you just take your fanboy hat of and think for yourself for a second.
I think you may be reading a bit too much into what I'm saying. From the looks of a lot of comments on here, it's pretty apparent that people don't really understand the Japanese culture. I can't claim to be an expert, but overall, the feelings of national pride is there in Japan. America itself is a very proud country. Sometimes to the point of being obscenely ridiculous. But I've never met an American that identifies strongly with any American company. I can't think of a specific company that I would be proud of as an American, but can think of a generalized group of hard working Americans who risk much to make something out of nothing. MS...I have no pride in them as an American. They swindled and threatened their way to the top, and have done much in the way of anti-consumer activities which were criminal. MS does have a lot of top notch products, many of which I use, but never would I use them as an example of an American business that is worthy of my admiration. As a gamer, I feel they actually threaten what I think is good for gaming as a whole. So while I don't consider them the devil, I am definitely cautious of giving them my support. Truth be told, people around the world are more alike than they are different. The average person just does what they have to do to live and have a little fun. Anyhow, I'm not making excuses for anyone. The Japanese people don't need me or anyone defending them on this issue, and can buy whatever they like. They live in a free country. It would just be nice if a lot of people stopped belittling the culture because it's very apparent that their information is not right. It's bigoted and simply wrong.
If i am being honest, for the xbone to not completely flop in japan, they would have to sell it for less than the PS4.
Did the with the Xbox 360, didn't work.
Think they could give the X1 away in Japan and it wouldn't make much of a difference. :/
Yeah Im not sure the price cut sends the message MS intended it to. At least when it was more expensive one could argue (vainly) it was worth the price difference because of Kinect. Now it just looks like a weaker console with no distinguishing features that Japanese developers arent going to make Japanese games for in Japan, for the same price. I mean Sega supports Xbone, but not with a game like Yakuza thats made for Japanese gamers. MS will have to buy these games if they want them and I'm not sure they care that much anymore as they know theyre just pissing in the wind after going so hard early last gen and not really making a dent. I think they only launch there to show the Japanese companies they havent abandoned the region and appear weak. But, as I've said many times before, I admire their tenacity with regards to Japan, its hard to keep fighting a battle you know youre going to lose.
Won't help much they had Tales of Vesparia, Ninja Gaiden, Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon and a whole slew of 5PB games and 360 still got destroyed in sales.
...and no one is going to buy it... For microsoft to succeed over there, they need a big price cut and Massive amounts of exclusive RPGs overthere...
they better get those 20 consoles they are gonna sell ready!
The King? Xbox hasn't done anything there...ever.
Shhh. Just nod your head and walk away slowly. He's special.
Eventually the Xbox One will sell great in Japan. Of course it will take time. But Microsoft has the advantage : AAA Games. Keep it up Phil! @toocoolgames The same thing said Sony years ago when they unveiled vhs in America
I hope they do better this time cos I really enjoyed MS japanese exclusives for the original xbox and xbx 360. blinx, otogi, chromehounds, lost odysee, blu dragon ,phantum dust etc.those were great games. Also i wanna know what the 5pb announcement is about. Its planned for 27th so i guess in a few hours we will know. Its also going to be streamed live.some xbx reddit users are calling the title division 8 or something like that. http://gematsu.com/2014/05/...
You're mistaken. No one said anything about Sony unveiling VHS because it was JVC doing the unveiling of VHS.
You're mistaken. No one said anything about Sony unveiling VHS because it was JVC doing the unveiling of VHS. Also. . . VHS won.
Unless this thing is offered for ¥1 with every hentai video purchase it aint gonna sell.
I don't even know why Microsoft bothers to try in Japan. Seriously.
I have asked the same questions but some seem to think they should continue trying.. If you ask me, it's waste of money that could be put towards some new franchises..imagine the money it takes to localize and launch in a country? How much the x360 sell over there? probably less than 1 mill in 8 years. It's not like they didn't have some Jrpgs for the system. Even a classic turn-based jrpg like "lost Odyssey" from the world acclaimed "Hironobu Sakaguchi" & "Nobuo Uematsu" couldn't help sales. The Japanese gaming culture has changed anyhow when it comes to games. All the old-school big name Devs don't really put much out there anymore worth playing. A big shift towards handheld and tap tap games on touch-screen phones. We are 6 months in and how many Jrpgs could we look forward to on the xbONE on PS4? Remember those JRPG titles of the sNES/PS1/dCAST/PS2 days..those days are long gone. Besides the new FF only "X" on the WiiU looks good.
they should sell a couple thousand units the first week, then about 300-500 a week after that.
Yeah, but it's not about how many units they sell. It's all about how many they ship! XD
It should be free!
Japanese aren't even buying the almighty PS4, so maybe X1 has a chance....maybe.
that is what i would like too see, the world would feel backwards.
No, it won't. It won't even outsell the Vita there.
Sorry to disappoint you but xbox one has no chance in japan.
ps3 will outsell the X1 in japan the first week - insider
Japanese are smart,they know the diffrence between garbage and quality. Thats why the 360 failed there and so will the x-bone.
could you explain what makes the Xbox one garbage? I mean please do. there is nothing the PS4 has going for it that makes it better then Xbox One other then slight power difference. we certainly know PS4 doesn't have it in the games department.
ps4 is way way more powerfull(memory and gpu),better exclusives,3x more gaming companys on board making games for ps4 as we speak,cheaper,didnt try to screw their customers like microshyt did(rrod aka 360's,wanted always online,didnt want you you to use/buy used games aka drm shield). the list goes on,wake the fuk up and look at what the company you support has done,wanted to do,and who knows what will do. Like the old saying goes the wolf will hide in sheep cloth's and prey on the real sheep.
I guess selling 200 consoles a week is better than nothing...right? Since both the ps4 and wii u have been putting up mediocre numbers in Japan, I highly doubt the xbone will make any kind of splash. Although, they have helped their chances by dropping the kinect and the price along with it.
I imagine this: Xbone sells something like 40k-50k (maybe 100k?) when it releases and the xbone lovers will claim that M$ is going to destroy Sony in its land. Then, from the second week, the numbers will go down to 300-400 and goodbye to the Xbone, like the Xbox360.
I smell failure in the air, just give up to save money! and move on to a place like South Korea or North Korea or something!
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