Will Microsoft launch the next Xbox in Japan?

EDGE - When Microsoft announced that the next Xbox will be unveiled on 21 May, the internet was quickly flooded with speculation from eager fans. In the west, that is – in Japan, where Xbox fans are few and far between, the reaction has so far been mixed.

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stonecold32630d ago

it would get released there but I would expect it sell the same the 360 sold japan wont take xbox it would be a right off for Microsoft to launch there the Japanese gamers prefer sony and Nintendo

JoGam2630d ago

I heard only five is being shipped to Japan. Not sure how many will sell....LOL. I kid I kid.

But seriously, it should ship in Japan.

showtimefolks2630d ago

it will launch but it wont' sell

not hating just facts, MS's attention should be here in states and Europe

AngelicIceDiamond2630d ago

True. I think MS will cater (for the third time) to Japanese by releasing original AAA Japanese games. But will probably pull out if they see no success like they did in previous gens.

I dunno about the Japanese market. I dunno if they even want a new Xbox console or a PS4. The Vita isn't doing much in Japan and the PS3 is just "there."

Knushwood Butt2629d ago

Of course they will; they're not just going to roll over.

They are going to try a couple of big steals too, because they know that's all they can do.

Even so, they are going to have an even harder time selling their next console in Japan than the had with the 360.

ABizzel12629d ago (Edited 2629d ago )

They have to. Regardless of if it sales or not, they have to have Japan on their checklist of places to sell the Nextbox. Now will it be there Day 1, that's something they might pass on, and focus on getting as many console in the US and Europe, and launch in Japan the following year. I see them shipping maybe 1 million consoles to Japan and calling it a year (or maybe a few years LOL).

On top of that they still need Japanese games developers to make games for their console, and if all the Japanese game developers jump shift to Sony only, it would be doomsday for MS. No Final Fantasy, Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Tekken, Monster Hunter Online, Dragon Quest etc...

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StrongMan2630d ago

No point in releasing it in Japan. That would be a complete waist of time.

miyamoto2629d ago

"Finally, the mystery behind Xbox’s lack of popularity in Japan was solved once and for all by Twitter user Hanaemon, who wrote, “The reason is because its logo looks like a shiitake mushroom.” And you know what? It does."

M$ has so much money to loose anyway, so what the heck? "Release the Xraken in Japan!"

BeZdaBest2630d ago (Edited 2630d ago )

that the question of this generation... for real i wonder if they will..

boybato2630d ago

abandoning JP would mean abandoning possible JP games being developed for the xbox.

pompombrum2630d ago (Edited 2630d ago )

Seeing how almost every major Japanese console game developers these days are focusing more on the western audience than eastern, I doubt Microsoft would have to worry about them bringing JP games to the Xbox.

badz1492630d ago (Edited 2630d ago )

Wada is no more and Capcom is cutting back its western bond to go back to their roots (hopefully!). Lost Planet 3 marks the end of their westernization, they said.

kreate2630d ago

Agreed w boybato
Microsoft will launch it in japan.
They must. Even if they launch it later.


Add namco bandai to that list

DEATHxTHExKIDx2630d ago

They have to at least try. Or at least come at Japan with a new strategy this time.

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