Xbox One hits Japan Sept. 4 -- Will it find success where Xbox 360 did not?

Games to be available include Forza 5, Dead Rising 3, and Ryse: Son of Rome, among others.

Microsoft announced today that the Xbox One will launch in Japan on September 4 and revealed a list of games that will be available for the console in the country.

The news release and Famitsu report (translated by Gematsu) do not mention pricing information. Titles that will be available in Japan include Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Sunset Overdrive, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome, and the all-new Halo game.

Separately, Square Enix has announced that it will publish Call of Duty: Ghosts, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Thief, and Murdered: Soul Suspect in Japan. A list of 48 companies signed up to make games for the Xbox One in Japan is available below.

The $500 Xbox One originally launched on November 22 in the United States, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the United Kingdom, Mexico, New Zealand, and Spain. Microsoft has shipped more than 5 million systems to date.

Sony's PlayStation 4 has been available in Japan since February 22.

Historically, Microsoft's Xbox platforms have not performed very well in Japan, but that doesn't mean the company has lost hope for the region. Speaking to GameSpot earlier this year, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer maintained that console gaming is not dead in Japan.

"It's critical for us in the industry that we continue to invest there and see great games come out," he said at the time.

The Xbox One will also come to 25 other regions sometime in September, though Microsoft has not announced official release dates or pricing details for those markets yet.

The 48 companies registered to release games for the Xbox One in Japan:

  • 2K Games
  • Access Games
  • Acquire
  • Arc System Works
  • Artdink
  • Atlus
  • Bandai Namco Games
  • Bandai Namco Studio
  • Bethesda Softworks
  • BusinessPartner
  • Capcom
  • Cave
  • Codemasters
  • Cute
  • CyberConnect2
  • CyberStep
  • D3 Publisher
  • Electronic Arts
  • Experience
  • From Software
  • G.rev
  • Genki
  • Grounding
  • GungHo Online Entertainment
  • Hamster
  • Integrow
  • Kadokawa Games
  • Klon
  • Konami
  • Land Ho
  • Level-5
  • Mages
  • Marvelous AQL
  • Moss
  • Nippon Ichi Software
  • Sega
  • Silicion Studio
  • SNK Playmore
  • Spike Chunsoft
  • Square Enix
  • Take-Two Interactive
  • Tango Gameworks
  • Tecmo Koei
  • Triangle Service
  • Ubisoft
  • Warner Entertainment Japan
  • Yuke’s
  • Zoo

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Discussion

253 comments
sanchango
sanchango

As much as I like my Xbox One, the chances that it sells better than the PS4 are very slim. If it does, it will honestly surprise me.

hanlon23
hanlon23

So a all new halo a sunset overdrive In September

lawi2ence
lawi2ence

I think this is Microsoft's chance to spy on Japan through Kinect 2.0 ~ !!!


haha jk please don't rage xbots..

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

No it won't, because it has no games but that's not the main factor. Japan only cares about handhelds, mobiles and a bit about the PS4 console. I don't see them buying a more expensive console. I'm not sure if Xbone's interface is even in Japanese (I may be wrong on that).

tightwad34
tightwad34

No it won't. I just hope MS doesn't ship too many units over there on some sort of false hope.

grajy
grajy

Wait...


Sunset Overdrive will be available by early September?

Good to know. :-D

Congrats to Japan for finally getting a date. 

Jump In.

rob19ny
rob19ny

The X1 will get about 1,000 consoles sold each week for about a month or 2, then it will start selling like the 360, which is 150-300 consoles per week.

nobody490
nobody490

Yup Japanese will find that big black box super sexy in their tiny apartments.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

I've really been surprised that with the Xbox 360 in Asia, while it's sales figures are low those that do own one tend to be pretty enthusiastic about it. It's a bit like the Vita in that sense. On paper it looks like a failed product but when you are on the ground you realise it's not, it's a niche product.

NightlyOne
NightlyOne

Will it find success where Xbox 360 did not? 

I believe the answer will end up being 'No'. However, I do wish Microsoft the best of luck in their endeavors.

GrenadeLauncher
GrenadeLauncher

The Shitbox doesn't stand a chance there or the 25 other countries they're launching in in September.

chiporeo
chiporeo

Sony beware, MS is fixin' to sell another 2mil baby!








. . . . . .to retailers. . . . .

johnsmythsonian
johnsmythsonian

hahaha... no. ps4 didnt do so well in japan what makes micrsoft think it'll do better. i'll tell you whats gonna happen, no ones gonna buy it.

klebers
klebers

Will do it so bad that Japan will sell XBones to M$ instead.

cherublvl99
cherublvl99

Microsoft is going to announce a Japonese exclusive franchise for Xbox One in E3 2014, they know the strenght  of Japan's market so Japan is an ace in the hole of Microsoft.

blueultimate
blueultimate

The X1 has the only Mech game available. The Japanese will go ape shit for that!

Jawehawk-DK
Jawehawk-DK

Well, MS is not exactly rushing to release it in Japan.

Blade_Runner22
Blade_Runner22

Don't think so. It's Sony's hometown. I DO expect the xbone to outsell the PS4 in the US because of the same reason.

bannermanner
bannermanner

Odds are strongly against Microsoft, between lack of compelling software and what many believe to be straight up xenophobia on the part of Japanese consumers.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

The Xbox one has zero chance in Japan. Xbox 360 and the original Xbox both failed to catch on in Japan. The Xbox sold less than 1 million about 800,000 the Xbox 360 less than 2 million about 1.9 million in 8.5 yrs. 


Xbox one will not do well in Japan. It is a given. Xbox consoles are just to large for Japanese tastes. Plus Dude bro games are not popular. First person shooters and most sports NFL/NHL/MBA etc. Are of no interest in Japan. Except Fifa, baseball, and Tennis. 


MS did try to have some RPG's last gen with Blue Dragon and others for Xbox 360. Even so Xbox one will have limited appeal in the land of the rising sun.

Random_Matt
Random_Matt

My Xbox one just broke down in less than a week of purchase, reliability is not good. Worse still, have to have it sent to the the Czech republic for repair, do not get a new replacement, screw that, i'll sell the refurb.

Someguy1212
Someguy1212

@tightwad34 The more they ship the more money they lose so I hope they ship a crap load and then they just take up space in warehouses

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@chiporeo Haha, good one that. I laughed when I saw that article as well.

cherublvl99
cherublvl99

@Crystal_Knee   - Hm... Tell me more dear market analyst.

housemizzrym
housemizzrym

@blueultimate if it was mech only combat they might buy it but with the mix of FPS and mech combat they probably won't.

emptycow718
emptycow718

@bannermanner  japan is a handheld market anyway  sony will lose money in japan  microsoft is better off putting the focus  on the u.s and eu 

cherublvl99
cherublvl99

@Megavideogamer  - You're wrong to confirm the future, if you search more you'll see that Microsoft is going to announce a Japonese exclusive franchise in E3 2014, and one more detail, Microsoft has Rare, the creator of Banjo Kazooize and Perfect Dark, franchises that was best sellers in Japan, so in actual days Microsoft have ANY chances in Japan, but they're chasing the Japan market, Microsoft has a lot of experience, be sure that tey will not disappoint us.

drtoker82
drtoker82

@Random_Matt When people feel a need to write stuff like this in a random media, the first thing that springs to mind is a trolling Sony Pony.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@cherublvl99 The 360 sold like garbage in Japan.  The PS4 is destroying the Bone in Europe.


Microsoft has nothing outside North America.

_Silent_Jay_
_Silent_Jay_

@Thanatos2k @blueultimateNo, actually, shooters sell pretty well in Japan. Not North American numbers, but Ghosts was one of the big sellers of the Japanese PS4 launch.  Also, Titanfall had a daily four-hour line up at TGS, which is generally unheard of for the show.  There's actually a chance that the X1 might break the Xbox curse in Japan.

emptycow718
emptycow718

@Thanatos2k @Blade_Runner22  its called halo 5  thats the killer app in the u.s  also sony is not out selling the xboxone in the u.s it only out sold the xboxone  1 month in the u.s   the xboxone for sure will out sell the ps4 in the u.s again this month 

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@cherublvl99 - Most of the top talent left Rare ages ago, and they seem to be focused on making Kinect games.  I wouldn't expect too much from them, sadly.

Also, a single Japanese exclusive title does not sound compelling, unless it is an existing well-loved franchise in that region.  I would be very surprised if X1 managed better sales than X360.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@drtoker82 - I don't understand your reasoning at all.  This is an Xbox article, and he's talking about an X1.  Strange as it may seem, some people have had problems with both the new X1 and PS4 consoles.  Sometimes these things happen.

I can sympathise, because my original Xbox failed and had to be replaced, and my original X360 failed outside of warranty (the drive, not RROD), and so I got the slim version as a replacement.  These things happen.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@Thanatos2k @cherublvl99  I thought PS4 is butchering bones sales in US compared to last-gen proportions. The fact is MS has nothing anywhere, besides some fanatics who would love shit if it had xbox logo on it