Microsoft Gunning For Japanese Gamers.

Microsoft is putting all its stakes in the belief that the games for Windows Live service in Japan will push the waning sales of its gaming console, the Xbox 360. The company is trying all the tricks in the trade to push the sales of the console.

Early April, Microsoft had launched a new service called Windows Live Messenger on Xbox 360. The aim of the service is to let users of Xbox Live friends lists to join those with Windows Messenger friends lists. This service hopes to kick start on May 7.

The service will allow users to message each other, regardless of whether they're using an Xbox 360, a Windows PC or a Windows Mobile device.

Microsoft is also planning to unveil a new text input device, which will attach to the Xbox 360's controller. This will allow users type messages using a QWERTY keyboard. At present if a users wants to send a message of this nature from his Xbox he will require an on-screen keyboard or will have to plug in a Universal Serial Bus (USB) keyboard.

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PhinneousD6253d ago

well japan is missing out. their loss.

kewlkat0076253d ago

then again there have never been an American made console to come out in that market, so whatever Mountain MS is climbing over there, quiting is not the Answer.

I think eventually the 360 will assimilate. I'm sure MS knows they are loosing money but I think they knew that from the very start so I guess they wanna stick to the plan until the tides starts to sway. Whatever is bought over there is always good news, after all, it is huge underdawg.

Well you don't come fresh into this industry not expecting to loose big cash. We all know why we didn't see a 3D0 2, or SEGA Saturn 2, or the Jaguar 128 bit console. MS will have another Xbox after the 360.

PS360WII6253d ago

Japan buys games that were made by American Companies. They buy alot of other American products and services. So to say they don't by the 360 because it's American is without any meritt. Maybe they just don't want it.. you know? I do agree with #2 as it's their loss, but they don't look at it that way.

kewlkat0076253d ago (Edited 6253d ago )

stop thinking about all the other american products japanese people buy and just think about Japanese and Videogames. We all know, there is burger king, dunkin donuts, and american movies in japan. It's all about brand loyalty. Japan has had 2 big names over there Sony and Nintendo, the last 20+ years.

Do you think MS is just gonna step in there and be king of the crop, hells naaaaw. They are not used to Xbox brand which is an american made video game system. Maybe they feel like it has not proven itself , who really knows, I don't live over there, I can only assume.

It's like here in the States, they are trying to make soccer more popular, but it will never happen. Not as long there is Football, Baseball, and Basketball. These sports are like religion to Americans. We eat, sleep and sh!t those sprts here.

(New England Patriots and Boston Redsox will win it this year by the way)

Now is the possibility there, for soccer to share some of the market, YES. Plenty of players and fans here, just not as popular as it is elsewhere around the world, so it's not an easy task.

Same thing with Japan, they have been eating, sh!tting, and sleeping Sony and Nintendo for the last 20+ years, it takes time, their flavor of games, and good support to break through. Whether it will who knows. All I know MS has the money to spend. As long as I'm happy.

On another note: The Dave Beckham deal here in the states, is equivalent to the Mistwalker deal with MS and japan. Wait to be seen if it moves people to watch more soccer here and the Japanese to play more 360 games...this will be a slow process.

PS360WII6253d ago

You got a positive feedback from me ^.-

You spoke my language as far as tieing soccer to football along with making it fit into the gaming world. I hear ya then and who knows 360 can really only get better in Japan seeing that it's all but gone now :(

gta_cb6253d ago


very nicely said, and thats what we ALL need to understand that MS has its work cut out for themselves, also i am impressed that MS isnt giving up so easily especially with it being such a tough places to sell products against Nintendo and Sony

FeralPhoenix6253d ago

...except for the part about New England and the Red Sox...I'm not a big baseball fan but everybody knows that the '9ers are going to go to win it all this year (stop laughing) nah, but seriously that's my favorite team and think they will be alot better this year than last.

OK back on topic....I agree with your comments, but my first thought after reading the entire news article was that all the new things and services mentioned wasn't neccessarily anything specifically aimed at pushing the 360 in Japan...its just pushing the 360's appeal in general everywhere, -correct me if I'm wrong but nothing mentioned was Japan specific, right?

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Says you6252d ago

They couldnt even sell a million windows vista in china they only sold like 244 and thats it. thats how terrible Microsoft is doing there a joke.


Alan Wake 2: Night Springs DLC Review | redabble.

Just when you thought you had escaped the tenebrous fever dream of Bright Falls and its haunted woods, the new “Night Springs” downloadable expansion for Alan Wake 2 pulls you back...

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1nsomniac2d ago

WOW! What an incredible amount of words to say so little.

A bizarre, verbal onslaught "review" that tries so hard to be eloquently whimsical in its writing to cover the fact it doesn't really contain any content. Other than the self explanatory and rehashing what we already know...

Someone's either trying really hard to impress someone at the office or this was written by AI.. Tone it down a bit, It'll give people less of a headache.


Why Metal Gear Solid 3 is the Best Prequel Ever Made

With Metal Gear Solid Delta on its way, we look back to see how the original Snake Eater is the foundation on which the entire Metal Gear series is built and is without doubt the greatest prequel ever made.

just_looken21h ago(Edited 21h ago)

The fact you can kill the end by either changing your console clock or my way when he is on the dock is such a cool Easter egg.

My video/play through i time coded the part of end getting killed at the dock

The river scene with ocelot's dad will also change depending on your kill count

So many things that can change on each playthrough

Oh also the iconic ladder scene always a classic

just_looken19h ago

wait are people upset i gave out spoilers on a 20 year old ps2 game?

Like for real this was on top of alot of charts for sales with so many different versions

SimpleDad19h ago

There are many people (new) that didn't experience the game dude.

just_looken19h ago

It's 20 years old man these new "gamers" are weak

No one here ever turn on a history channel or go to school there are scary spoilers there too.

Getting hate for talking about a 20year old game on a comment section with a article that talks about the 20year old game with spoilers in the article

" original Snake, aka Big Boss, whose DNA was used to create the clones Solid, Liquid and Solidus"

Quick call 911 IGN spoiled the game

Chard18h ago

Wait til he realises there are people born years after MGS3 released who are now getting into mature gaming

just_looken16h ago


I was watching robocop before i grew chest hair are you seriously saying people only play M rated games after they turn 17?

Chard15h ago(Edited 15h ago)

That’s not what I’m saying at all.
Im referring to the weird conclusion you jumped to, which is that anyone who hasn’t played MGS3 by now took too long and are also weak for being bothered by spoilers this long after the original release.

Plenty of people without chest hair will try this remake as their first exposure to MGS3. It’s not somebody’s fault or weakness if they were born in 2010 and had better things to do than play MGS3 prior to this remake. The world doesn’t revolve around you

Aphrodia4h ago

And no one who hasn't played this game yet will know what the hell he's referring too. sensitive, delicate, snowflake.....

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Inverno19h ago

Have an agree, if people haven't bothered playing a 20 year old game and get mad at spoilers then they should stay out of enthusiast posts.

just_looken16h ago

Right and this article has series/game spoilers

Yui_Suzumiya18h ago

I'll call the WHAMBULANCE for the down voters, lol

just_looken16h ago

Right? like wow perhaps i should post about the gta 3 story in the next article get hate there for spoiling that game.

SimpleDad17h ago(Edited 17h ago)

You really are something. Not only does a world turn around you, but you also are sensitive to 5 dislikes.
Who is weak now?
All remakes are done to bring in a new audience and make new money.
Why would you spoil a game or any kind of media for whatever reason If You experienced it?

Ohhh for your Youtube channel... there it is.

Jesus... imagine if someone commented your gameplay. Badly...

My boys will experience this remake for the first time.

just_looken16h ago

1. Its not the dislikes its many post's on this site and other's always the haters or like you mad about spoilers on old old games.

2. My youtube channel is older that most "gamers" today i lost alot of vids do too youtube bots and yourself has no proof even playing any of the games so go ahead post away on stuff you have no idea how to play.

3. My header is real i used to make a few k or more a month or more with mahcinima when bf/gta/halo/world of tanks were in there prime.Now there is just few vids here there

MeteorPanda17h ago

love it.

Just remember while this game came out years ago, theres a whole generation f gamers who would have never played it. it wasn't current for them.

So the remasters are aimed at bringing in new fans of the franchise, posting these may spoil it for some.

just_looken16h ago

The article literally has spoilers in it who the boss's kid is the eva relationship and entire series information you only get by playing the games.