The lights are on
In a press-attended Microsoft Japan corporate strategy meeting, new information about the launch of the Xbox One in that territory. President and CEO Yasuyuki Higuchi addressed inquiries about when the Xbox One will be available to Japanese gamers.
In an interview with 4Gamer, Higuchi confirmed what we already suspected. Japan will not be included in the first wave of territories to receive the Xbox One, pushing the console's arrival there into next year.
[Source: 4Gamer via DualShockers]
Our TakeThis should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the adoption trajectory of the Xbox and Xbox 360 in Japan. As of early 2011, Microsoft had only sold 1.5 million Xbox 360s.
Worldwide, 76 million consoles have been shipped. With Japan only accounting for approximately two percent of the lifetime units, the decision seems straightforward. It's unlikely that Microsoft will make in-roads in Japan this generation, instead opting to merely have a presence while focusing its efforts in the US and Europe.
The downside for the West is that Microsoft will, once again, be at a severe disadvantage in terms of exclusive titles from Japanese developers. We're already seeing how that will play out, as Square Enix isn't even willing to confirm that Xbox One versions of Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III will be released at the same time as they will be on PlayStation 4.
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Guess that's just a business reality, but it's still a symbolic shame to the Mecca of video-games.
No one in Japan cares about the Xbox brand.
Xbox needs to develop less FPS games if they want to make it in Japan.
I hope Japanese developers will support Xbox one, but I highly doubt it.
you mean the 3 j-gamers who prefer the xbox?
damn thats a hell of a wait i guess they have to get theres from amazon
Japan is kind of xenophobic like that. You know, there is racism in America, but that's because we have everyone in the world smashed together in one spot. People in America aren't nearly as prejudice as other places. I love Japanese products. Why can't the love go both ways?
Isnt that everyone really
I thought one of the big things for xbox was that it was coming out on the same day for everyone?