Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 has never been a mass market hit in Japan, however high sales for Sony Corp.'s Playstation 3 Slim hardware and year-over-year stability of Nintendo Co.'s Wii leaves little room for the 360 to succeed in Japan.
Thats a bit of a shame as they really gave it a good go this gen with the exclusive JRPG's. I guess the hardware reliability is still the issue hurting the 360 the most worldwide. Because apart from that I can't really think of a reason why the 360 didn't do better in Japan. Maybe the Japanese just prefer there local hardware.
Microsoft have succeeded in selling more then they did with the first xbox . What they need to do figure out how to get more consoles in households .
yeah i think the only thing standing between mirosofts path is microsoft... they pretty much shot themselves in the foot with the reliability issues... those free repairs are a god send but they shouldn't break down as often as they do... hopefully they've learned their lesson and make it right next time.. coz they've done a greatjob making the xbox a major brand this gen
"What they need to do figure out how to get more consoles in households . " One word my friend... NATAL
"yeah the only thing standing between mirosofts path is microsoft" "those free repairs are a god send" "hopefully they've learned their lesson and make it right next time.. they've done a greatjob making the xbox a major brand this gen' Boggle.
I have to admit, Microsoft tried really hard to crack Japan, but came up a little short... I guess Mistwalker is the only other hope for the 360 in Japan, because SquareEnix's efforts have done hardly anything at all. A major RPG like Final Fantasy or Kingdom Hearts would have to be entirely exclusive to the 360 to have any hope of really "saving" it in Japan this gen., but that would never happen, because it most likely wouldn't be profitable for either Microsoft or Square. "One word my friend... NATAL" What the heck is Natal going to do? If all of the JRPG's on the 360 haven't done the job, I doubt Natal is going to do anything in Japan at all.... honestly, I don't see what else Microsoft can do in Japan this gen. with the 360 because it seems that they've already dealt all of their cards by securing JRPG's, but it still wasn't enough.
Why are people acting like Natal will be he second coming of the xbox? Its another Add-on peripheral when are those game changing?
"Why are people acting like Natal will be he second coming of the xbox?" For the same reason Alan Wake was latched on to before its disappointing unveiling. When you only have one thing to hype, you hype it like your life depends upon it.
Yeah they haven't had any luck so far. But they should keep trying. Eventually they will figure it out.
"Maybe the Japanese just prefer there local hardware." What has it been now? Seven years that same silly rationalization has been made? The Xbox is a niche product. Targeted mainly at: * Bitter ex-Dreamcast fans * Windows gamers a demographic of 25 million or so people mostly from the US and the UK. A relatively tiny group of fringe gamers relative to the overall console market who hate 'teh Evil Sony'. The question isn't why did the Xbox 360 fail in Japan just like the first Xbox, but who the hell ever thought such a shoddy product ever had a chance.
'What they need to do figure out how to get more consoles in households .' that's an easy one. put little feet on it and sell it as a PS3 stand
"One word my friend... NATAL " lmao
they're going to start moving their JRPGs to the PS3 too. In fact, some already have (like Tales...) This is a great time to be a gamer. A JRPG gamer.
Japanese know their tech. They don't buy crappy and/or unreliable electronics thats for sure.
"One word my friend... NATAL " March 2010 ... the 3-5mil japanese ps3 owners buy ps3 motion controller April-May ... ps3 motion controller showed off to friends, gains appeal June-??? ... people buy ps3 for motion controller Late 2010 ... Natal comes out... a little too late to save the 360
Why would they buy a 54%? When they have GREAT alternative - PS3.
what all of you should know about the Japanese are they are not too willingly to change brands! they are quite rigid with their brand of choice and not that many are willing to opt or try something else! it just happen that Sony and Nintendo are the only companies they trust in the video game market and making it hard to crack! the xbox flopped hard in Japan but M$ made an early shot this gen for a mere chances but looking at where it is now, it's safe to say that it's already too late for M$! I'm not bashing M$ or anything but saying it by looking at the bigger picture here. Japanese prefer handhelds and thus we have DSi and PSP dominating the sales chart! they like JRPG and while M$ has struck them with some exclusive JRPG, nothing changed except for a while! now that Sony is already on the roll with the slim, and Nintendo is very likely to slash price soon for the Wii, sadly for M$, it's game over! unless if they are willing to take a loss with gambling to sell the 360 somewhere at $150 and keep the exclusives coming! that might give them a chance eventhough only god knows if it will work!
Atleast I have ONE japanese friend on my friendlist :)
who ever came up with that crappy pun headline should be taken behind a barn and be thoroughly beaten. EDIT: i dont mean to come out like a bat out of hell, but damm i hate crappy puns. I HATE IT!!!!!!
I say let the horses have some fun
LOL. Sorry, but I thought it was hilarious, ha ha :)
MS will not be able to put a huge dent in the Japan Market UNTIL NATAL releases. Then watch out.....
Natal will be Holiday 2010 at earliest. It's over for MS in Japan.
That's going to be bit of a problem for Microsoft.
Yeah it might be all on for young and old once Natal is released. But it's gonna have to be pretty bloody good to get the Japan numbers up for the 360. And who's to say the Japanese won't just flock to the PS motion control thingie?
Even though you posted before me, we both know I beat you to it :) EDIT
had a chance.
But Ms has surpassed the first xbox . They have improved ....nothing dramatic but they have improved .
Baby steps. I wish them all the best next gen.
same in euro.. ps3 has a 1 million lead, inspite of the brokebox 1.5-year headstart.
their cheap knockoffs built by sweatshops have more build quality than a xbox 360
Yes you did beat me to it. But it is a valid point. Well done.
That MS are hoping that Natal will change there fortunes in Japan. To do that they will have to show it with something new in the way of software (not the same burnout and breakout demos) at TGS. They are also going to have to release as close to the PS wand as possible. I believe the hardware itself is close enough to do this, but the games? I hope for Microsoft's sake that their first party developers have been working on something thats close to release. Milo is the kind of weird stuff the Japanese love. what do you think?