Microsoft is better off leaving the Japanese market all together since there is clearly not enough interest in the Xbox brand.
23,562 in its first week is more than enough reason to just say F IT WE OUT!!!. i cant not for one sec believe they are making any sort of profit from that market.
Indeed. Marketing, shipping, localization as well as moneyhatting things like 5pb's work all cost money. Now I'm waiting for the PR. You just know they're praying for China to save them.
You seriously need to get a life and stop trolling Xbox One articles.Did MS kill your family or something?
JP (lately) does not seem to have the same impact on console gaming as it used to. But it still represents a market that should be addressed regardless.
Profit? Not much, if any. However whatever units they sent over to Japan adds to their 'Shipped through' numbers, which may be worth it to them. Heck for all we know MS shipped 1 or 2 million consoles over there just so they could pad their "sales" numbers.
Japan is circling the drain right now. Japan is not the gaming zeitgeist it once was. It's time to push Japan off of it's pedestal and treat it like any other country.
I think Japan abandoned Microsoft.
Damn, that's cold dude. But "abandon" implies they had some sort of allegiance to them in the first place.
Have you seen that video when the people in Japan didn't even know what an Xbox was? lOl They said Playstation or Nintendo lOl. I'm on my way to work can't find the link now.
Haha yeah. There's a gif on it (see below). Shocking really. At this stage, even if the X1 had insane games and Shenmue 3 exclusive, I think the console would tank. Like I've said before, the Xbox simply doesn't belong in Japan. The only positive is we will get a couple of good Japanese based games. http://a.disquscdn.com/get?...
@Septic Yeah, that's the one bro. and yeah agreed. They should just focus on their main markets because focusing elsewhere is going to hinder them more than anything. Also, how are they buying Minecraft devs. for 2Billion that's insane. They really plan on digging their own grave.
Its a real dilemma for them, would they get the support of Japanese developer if they have no Japanese presence?
The Xbox has never done well in Japan however they still release Japanese developed games for other markets.
True but they never stopped selling xbox in Japan.
"Its a real dilemma for them, would they get the support of Japanese developer if they have no Japanese presence?" No they won't. Why would Japanese devs even bother? I sure as heck wouldn't waste my time and money developing a game on a platform that is scarcely relevant in my primary territory. MS have the difficult choice of gambling (once again) by opening up their wallets and money hatting devs in an attempt to get them to cater for their platform. Even then, they have an uphill struggle even selling those games. Best way forward for MS now? To focus on some HuGE killer ip's that Japan would definitely lap up. Expect some major money hatting to happen (to the behest of many gamers out there).
Xbox ID can help smaller developers and perhaps we may see some unique Kinect supported games. Other than that there's no point in Microsoft spending money trying to acquire games like they did on the Xbox 360 unless those games appeal to gamers outside of Japan. I do believe Microsoft still needs some sort of presence there. Capcom, Namco, Square and so on still have games Xbox owners outside of Japan want.
"No they won't. Why would Japanese devs even bother? I sure as heck wouldn't waste my time and money developing a game on a platform that is scarcely relevant in my primary territory." I disagree. The state of console gaming in japan is the reason japanese devs need to look to the west to sell their games. At a time when big companies like capcom and sega are posting losses, its pretty obvious,japan is no bed of roses for triple A console games, right now. Why they need to do is reassert dominance in the US and the UK, renew their focus on the EU and emerging markets like china, and then push those japanese games out to the wider world wide audience. This is far more beneficial to japanese developers in the long run.
I don't think MS should abandon Japan but I do think they should look at brining back so IP's that Rare has rights too that would sell well over there and also look at have a ravel to Mario and LBP (Project Sparks could be this) Also Microsoft is kind of starting form scratch with the Xbox one as the last head of the xbox division did not do a very good job as selling the xbox ideas or brand very well. I think Phil will also help improve the Xbox image in Japan but I do think it may get pushed back so he can work on getting the UK and US markets stronger then work on the rest. The games industry is a funny market and just because something starts off bad dose not mean it can not get better and just as we saw last gen anything can happen.
Oh please MS is NOT starting from scrath. It's their 3rd console in 13 years. I appreciate your optimism but the actual math presents a very dire situation: 1st week sales Xbox - 123,000 360 - 63,000 XB1 - 23,000 Those numbers should be opposite. You can't blame previous management either. They obtained several, high profile exclusive JRPGs from the likes of Mistwalker, Square, and Tri-Ace. They got high profile action games from Capcom. It didn't help in the end. I'm not sure there is an easy solution. The console market is shrinking in Japan so the acquisition of a large publisher makes little sense. Perhaps that's why MS is rumored to be buying Mojang and not Capcom. I will say it's going to be interesting watching the Asian market this gen and see how much it impacts the overall landscape.
Tri-Ace... what are they up to these days, I need another Star Ocean.
Didn't they just release a new ARPG for the Vita, Judas Code? And I believe they're developing PS Nova as well for Sega. But yeah I want a new Star Ocean too.
Nope. In Japan, the Xbox never sells well, but it's seen as a 'hardcore' games machine for connoisseurs. That's a niche market for sure, but one that tends to spend big and at the very least make it worth releasing key titles in limited numbers.
Hey for as much as I hate the fickle , sometime anti American market of Japan . MS sells more than just Xbox ones, they sell mobile phone, tablets, software of all kinds . They need at least stay visible. Cant just up and leaving due to a few screw ups .
Considering it's level of popularity in the rest of the world, I was expecting a less then stellar launch in Japan for the xbone, but 23.5k is abysmal. On the bright side it means it's going to be harder for them to moneyhat any Japanese games I would want to play on my PS4.
Might as well stay in Japan and expand to 50 more Countries, that's another 1,000,000+ sales in 4 days if they all responded equally. At over 23,000, looks like X1 beat the estimates from the trolls. 16,000 and 6,000 was what they said. Congrats MS
Not at all, they made a commitment to launching there, full well that their line-up and system wouldnt be all that appealing to japan. I mean the PS4 is only selling 5,000 or so a week so consoles are not that strong. It would reflect badly on a company is they bailed after commiting to a launch
I think MS should stop selling Xbox one on Japan they are not worth it... Keep the money for us and make more games. They want crazy looking games with girls wearing skirts.. also they are racist they don't like US products. Looool
iPhone says hi
iphone will sell in japan for the same reason it sells everywhere else. Its a pop culture phenom. japan loves western pop culture. but no so much western tech, generally speaking.
Other than the iPhone..!
@Gravity_DoGG Exactly. The IPhone 6 was just announced and I can assure you it will be a success in Japan.
Google it yourself instead of giving me a disagree. poor bastard :D
If they didn't wait around 7 months after the PS4 launched in Japan they would have had a chance. In this market delays = you lose. They dun goofed...
Japan gamers just not as interested on xbox gaming. But Japan lives off Microsoft. 90% of there server info structure is running Windows base. Same goes with users with personal computer. Whats funny too is that Microsoft owns 51% of Apple stock where IPhones are big in Japan. Thats why Microsofts net worth is now at 420 billion dollars and Sony at 12 Billion.