Microsoft has only sold around 6000 units of Xbox 360 in Japan for the month of May. This is not a great hit in the popularity of the Xbox 360 but still it hurts the sale and revenue.
i dont know what to say maybe microsoft should pull out of japan altogether as m$ claims they think the 360 is doing fine world wide and think they are ahead of ps3 well this is proves m$ wrong. the ps3 ahead and doing well even outselling the 360 .
Who wants to bet that Microsoft will buy or partner with Sega or another big Japanese Studio for the Next XBox. They may even call it something else over there.
Sure, just like they were supposed to do with the original xbox. It's never going to happen. The only company I see buying any other Japanese company is Nintendo.
I know I may get hit with a lot of disagrees here but... Is Sega really that relevant anymore? That pains me to say, it really does...
Sega + xbox = The Sexbox :D
How is the 360 moving low numbers in Japan news, new news or even relevant? When don't they sell very few units a month? If MS pushed large numbers in Japan, that would be something. This is just fluff being used to generate hate and hits.
In comparison, Sony clearly dominates Japan, where Microsoft clearly dominates America. They both are pretty even in Europe. But the fact is Japan isn't a factor when it come to software sales. Games like Uncharted 2, God of War 3, and Little big planet cant aren't even in the top 50 in Japan. In fact, you can't even get those games to sell 200,000 in Japan. Gran Turismo 5 which is huge in Japan couldn't even sell 1 million. So other than padding hardware sales, Japan would help a company like the 360 sell where it matters and thats games. The console war is simple Sony leads in Japan and Micrsoft offsets this by it's lead in North America. Europe as a whole may break for Sony and give them the WW lead, but it's never by much. But, when it comes to software, Mircrsoft's titles thrive bacause of North America and Europe, where it matters the most. I salute Micrsoft for trying to sell in Japan, but they simply don't need them to be successful and it's clear that their gaming tastes don't help alot of Sony's big exclusives as well. Evil
I agree with you on that. The other problem MS has in Japan is they like different types of games compared to Europe and USA. Europe and USA love FPS game and Car games Japan loved JRPG and puzzle game and this is not MS strong point at the moment. Japan has games come out over there that we never see in Europe or in the USA because they know the will sell better in Japan. I dont think MS have done a bad job over there the sales over the original xbox are better and the same to be said in the USA and Europe. This gen for MS was all about getting there name out there fully and making up the loss they took on the xbox. MS have done this quicker then they expected and have even pushed Sony off the Number 1 spot in the US. MS have proved this gen that they are now here to stay and are pushing forward with with MS are best at Software. If they want to have better sales in Japan then we will see them have some new developers who can take MS into the Japan market but at this point in time they dont need too as they are doing fine in Europe and USA.
xbox and ps3 arent even in euro territories lol ps3 is way ahead of sales in euro than x360 NA is the only region that microsoft has control of, ps3 takes the rest of the world
360 also has jp games why arnt those selling
Obviously Microsoft isn't going to sell as much as Sony in Japan.Sony is from Japan I'm sure they have mass advertising out there.
Think it's mainly due to Nintendo and Playstation being firmly established in the Japanese video game market. Not sure what the original Xbox sold like in Japan, but we all know how the PS2 did. I'm sure Microsoft already conceded sales to Sony in Japan before they even made the 360 since they know they're not going to convert all those consumers away from something established. I'd actually be interested to see how much (or really how "little") Microsoft put towards advertising in Japan...just out of pure curiosity.
Except that they spent who knows how much buying up exclusives and timed exclusives of things (a number of Square-Enix titles come to mind). They put a good deal of money into making their system appealing by having the sorts of games that sell well in Japan exclusive to their system (like Tales of Vesperia), and yet their numbers don't reflect it.
Well, I think MS have spent a SHEDLOAD of cash in the East trying to break Japan. You imagine the FF and Tales and SO(and the mistqwalker games)were cheap? No,they sspent a ton of timed and true exclusive JRPGs and why? It as just badly wasted cash. I do not blame MS for this, though, and rather put the blame at the door of whoever was advising them on not just this but also their consistently hated advertising stance in Japan. they show a failure to grasp the culture in any real sense and seemed to think just throwing known JRPGs at them, regardless of quality and using aggressive advertising that only ever works in the US, they would magically become a force in the East. Japanese gamers, largely, didn't warm to the approach and the timed exclusives that devs, stupidly and short sightedly, agreed to just angered people-remember the Tales protests when PS3 got the game too and people felt duped into buying 360s? No, whoever advised MS in jaan this gen needs shooting as they really failed in THEIR job and it resulted in MS wasting a ton of cash over nothing. The games they went for, however, were the right titles but I can't see the same companies doing the same next gen after it hurt them this and as MS failed to gain any trust with their campaign it's gonna be a tough one whenever they try again. The ad campaigns, though, really seemed to turn people off and we saw countless articles debating the whys of this issue a few years back. I guess MS can say they will, at least, have learned a lot from all this and , please God, they've got a better person in charge of their Eastern interests by now.
This is obviously most likely a coincedence, but I have actually come across more Japanese players on BFBC2 on 360 then I have on PS3. Obviosuly just random but yeah
New xbox is coming. So It's time to discontinue xbox360 from japan.
That has to be the most Immature and unprofessional headline for any article! Why should you poke fun at any company for lack of sales? should be happy MS is still supporting there product across all regions and not looking to pull out because there not selling as well as they are in others.
Yes, it's a feeble headline that they ought to be ashamed of. Poor sales only ever mean jobs in danger so MS keeping going is actually to their credit while this whole way of reporting stinks. Doesn't change the fact MS have been woefully misguided in their current Japanese campaign, though, and I REALLY hope whoever was responsible for the mess is no longer getting handsomely rewarded for such BS.
I agree 100% with this. I also think this is the shortest comment I've ever seen you make.
Yep, just making sure to get some attention the easy way and I agree. If we, the consumers stop playing the sales games and look at the important things we have been spoiled this gen. Look at all the games multi and exclusives and both systems have done well. The only thing that kept me from buying a 360 before was the whole dependable the hardware was so I only bought the ps3 because the games are there. Since the issue seems to be gone now I am just thinking of saving my money for the next gen systems which should coming out soon and hopefully both sony and ms learned from their mistakes this gen.just make the system more affordable from the getco and more dependable and I know the games will always be there.
Japan hated the first XBOX and loved the Ps2 for it's rpg's such as FF so in a way the Ps3 had a push start while XBOX was still establishing it's self as a brand in Japan .
step by step for MS in asia. They are supporting it even though it would probably be cheaper for them to pull out. Yes they did grease the palms of some studios to get exclusives and timed exclusives on genres they thought would help solidify their brand at the expense of 90% of the fanbase's but you cant label them quitters. They've not just dropped it like they did the original and that may do them good in the eyes of many in the long run @EVO-OM3GA...yep, agreed
You think Asia wants this garbage? Hell, they'll just pirate anything MS releases anyway.
sir, you are absolutely...right, here in asia there's ton of piracy going on, especially xbox360 games being DVD games.
Microsoft needs to quit trying to get Japan to like their system and work on giving us something that isn't using Kinect. I don't mind Kinect but I don't really enjoy it to, plus I would like more big titles that aren't on another system or timed.
Pretty sure Microsoft are happy with their own software sales despite how bad they might be doing in Japan, they are doing fine everywhere else across the world. They just stated recently they wouldn't trade places with Sony. "Let's make fun of xbox 360 software sales", what a stupid article lol.
Lol. Xbox has no games. jk...(or am i?)
why would anyone buy an xbox at this point- if you dont already have one. Its like -Halo4, Gears3... if you wanted to play those franchises, you would have bought one by now
same could be said for all consoles...
I thought andriasang was a decent news website, until this piece of gutter crap they have posted. What a shame. Game journalism really needs to grow up. The kiddie bating headlines (which surprisingly even some adults revel in) needs to stop and we need to see some more professional and polished news stories for the industry to grow and be taken seriously. Leave the crap, fanboy news stories to the little crap sites like gaming bolt etc, and let them slowly die away.
I know at least 30 people with PS3 and 4-5 with 360. All those 360 guys either pirate stuff or play offline anyway. I live in EU, not Japan. 360 is not a popular console among adults here.
"360 is not a popular console among adults here" Are you attempting to qualify the popularity of a console for an entire continent by people you know? You wouldn't make a good market researcher.
although i wouldnt say that its a fact nationally my experience is that indeed adults do tend to choose the PS3. Out of all the people i have worked with over the last 4 years i have encountered 11 PS3 users and zero xbox users. However i fully accept that amongst teenagers then the xbox seems to be more popular. Make of that what you will but thats my experience.
and yet I have an xbox, I am over 40 and the majority of people on my FL are over the age of 30. So one persons viewpoint is not accurate. Most of the people i know in RL or online have xbox's
Enough said: http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Yes let's make fun of the Xbox 360 in a small market in Japan. What does that say about the ps3 where it sinks in the biggest market in the world in NA??? Submitted by a brank spanking new account. LOL @ sony fanboys.
So selling slightly less = sinking ?
Japan = the world now? Just askin, xbox has 30 million sales in North America, they also have almost 100 million more software sales to date than ps3 worldwide...
im wondering about the software sales you mentioned, do you have a link on the software sales for the consoles? im wondering about exact number of software sales for ps3/360
How come, as an American consumer, someone can not own a PS3 without being called an "American Bigot" but the Japanese use 360 game manuals as toilet paper? That seems like a double standard...
I think an article entitled "let's make fun of " anything is clearly immature flamebait material.
I wouldn't have thought it met the submission requirements for N4G.
Look at what the 360 is able to do WITHOUT Japan. Yeah, keep laughing. Japan is irrelevant not only from the sales from but from the software development front as well. Aside from a very few developers, most Japanese games dont even see light outside of Japan. It's not surprising that a xenophobic country doesn't support anything outside itself, it's the very definition of who they are.
Agreed. Without them it has been holding off the ps3 for years.
MS only have themselves to blame. First off, they launched 360 in Japan claiming it was going to be number 1. Pretty stupid really. Just disrespecting the competition when, in reality, they knew they never stood a chance of doing so. Secondly, the insisted on selling a faulty product. That doesn't exactly go down well when the odds are already stacked against you. Thirdly, they just mindlessly threw cash at projects without thinking about the long-term. Now the long-term is here, and the 360 is totally irrelevant in Japan. So there it is. If MS had done things differently, the outcome would have been different. MS blew it, and only have themselves to blame. Even so, there is still a fairly strong layer of users that support the 360, even though their numbers are pretty limited.
Is the author confusing HARDWARE to SOFTWARE? What a moron. A 360 is HARDWARE. A program is SOFTWARE. Hardware wise Kinect says hi...
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