After all its struggles in Japan, Microsoft isn't above making another big push to convert gamers here from Sony's PlayStation to Xbox.
At a media briefing Wednesday morning, Microsoft executives shared the stage with legendary game designers Toru Iwatani (Pac-ManFinal Fantasy), who talked up new games they were working on for Microsoft's Xbox 360 console.
The company also took the opportunity to make several other announcements. Most notably, it finally revealed that a peripheral allowing Xbox 360 to play HD-DVD movies will be released Nov. 17, at a cost of 19,800 yen. In addition, Microsoft said that a forthcoming firmware update for the Xbox 360 would allow it to display both movies and games in 1080p resolution.