Xbox One Japanese pricing announced, Kinect free model matches PS4

Microsoft will launch the Xbox One in Japan on September 4, 2014.

Microsoft has announced today that it will match the Japanese price of the PlayStation 4 when it launches the Xbox One in region later this year.

The Xbox One, which launches in Japan on September 4, will be available either with Kinect for ¥49,980 (approximately $490/£290) or without Kinect for ¥39,980 (approximately $392/£232), the latter the same launch price as the PlayStation 4 in the region.

Microsoft has said the Xbox One will launch in the region with first-party titles Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Dead Rising 3, and Ryse: Son of Rome. Square Enix has also pledged its support, and will be bringing localised versions of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Thief, Murdered: Soul Suspect, and Call of Duty: Ghosts. D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die is also on the list.

The Xbox One will launch in Japan almost a year after the machine was released across the US and parts of Europe, and almost six months after the PlayStation 4 saw the light of day in its home territory.

The Xbox One launched on November 22, 2013, for $499/£429/€499, but Microsoft officially removed Kinect and slashed the price of the machine earlier this month. As of June 9, the Xbox One will cost $399/£349/€399.

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martingaston

Martin Gaston

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daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

Those should have been the options when it first released (Kinected or Kinect-less).

darkteddi
darkteddi

Hold it a minute! No Killer instinct on launch for Japan release of system? Now that's weird not to have.

divinejester
divinejester

@ceromaster I agree with you in that it makes no sense to abadon a market unless you are wasting excess time and money trying to appeal to it. So  launching the  one in Japan is a given, that said the things that make the MS systems fail in Japan are beyond just market factors, they are things which at this point probably will never change no matter what MS does, and at best they can hope to improve sales, but I don't think they can ever realistically expect to be anything but behind Sony and Nintendo.

ceromaster
ceromaster

I know pple are saying that MS should leave Japan alone but I don't think so, I think it's best that they touch as many markets as they can because you never know what will happen. For all we know it might just sell well over there. Markets can be analyzed based on correlation with past products, but they can also be very unpredictable. I think MS should  keep pushing forward.

lostn
lostn

The Kinectless version may as well be the only version they sell there. I don't expect more than 2 people to buy it, especially with their small rooms (Kinect requires a lot of space) and the culture of having one TV per household (the reason why Nintendo made Wii U playable without a TV). 


Microsoft sentenced Kinect to death row when they created the Kinectless sku.

rob19ny
rob19ny

Xbox One also has 3 Japanese games coming out by .5pb games. Psycho Pass, Chaos;Child, and Mystereet. Its not known yet whether they are exclusives or just timely exclusives. I think they will do a PS4 port later on if sales are bad(which they had to have guess).

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

Kinect free model matches PS4....and no one in Japan gave a flying fu*k

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

PS4 is selling so horribly in Japan I wouldn't be surprised if the X1 sells better. I mean the Vita is selling better than the ps4 and the Vita is dead. Introduce a groundbreaking console like the X1? I think it could be great for Japan.

vivvianni
vivvianni

There an't many dust collecting machines in japan so I think xbox1 will do well...

angelcage2
angelcage2

Will they even try? Come on, how many 360 did they sold on Japan? 5 or something around that!

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

Japan is all about Handheld devices. Even the PS4 isn't selling well there. If it's not portable, it won't sell - unless it has Mario, Smash. Bros or Zelda of course. MS obviously has to release the console there eventually but, I wouldn't be counting on moving more than a couple hundred thousand. If that. They'd have to be pretty dumb to expect anything more.

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator moderator

It's odd the Japanese gaming culture won't open up to a Non-Japanese gaming system. The Xbox 360 tried hard to cater to JRPGs and Shmups, and was successful in courting quite a number of exclusive Japanese games (Even some major games like Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, Star Ocean, etc) yet was still overall ignored by the Japanese. 

I doubt this generation will be any different. The flipside is that Japan has largely become irrelevant for the console market as it has shifted more towards mobile and handheld platforms. 

eternaldragoonx
eternaldragoonx

A few JRPG'S would greatly increase the chances of success.

aquaxnoctis
aquaxnoctis

I like Microsoft and all but I just don't see this selling well.

Its a waste of time and money

Sam_021
Sam_021

For an inferior device, it should be priced 20% less than PS4. 

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Microsoft is going to fail. The Xbox one is too large and bulky to appeal  to Japanese gamers. The Xbox one like the Xbox 360 and Xbox will not make a dent in the Japanese market.

yngsten
yngsten

Yeah well, good luck MS, you will need it. Most likely this will just be another rock added to the mountain of fail.

TristanPR77
TristanPR77

Is going to be interesting to see sales numbers of X1 on japan.

alaannn
alaannn

japan just isnt a console market anymore,if ps4 and nintendo cant sell ms hasnt got a chance they will lose money they will have to translate every game and for what at best they will be lucky to break 100 thousand consoles install base,there already selling it cheaper than it costs in europe so there not going to make money on the hardware sold add the cost to translate i cant see why there releasing any consoles in japan at all 

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Considering even the PS4 is dying of death in Japan I'd imagine the Xbox One will barely see interest at all.

Especially since the PS4 was offering Yakuza, FF and Dynasty.

Money down the drain.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

That's great news for newer investors of the Xbox 1. Not sure they'll do well outside of the states though. Asia and Europe was always in Sony favour.


Then again; that big Japanese exclusive they're hiding. . If the web-rumour is true on it being Capcoms true successor of DMC4 I will be going ape. . As I bought a PS4 & I want me some Devil May Cry 5 :(




Random_Matt
Random_Matt

It will sell ZERO, Microsoft want to lose money, weird.

orangesonic
orangesonic

@lostn  LOL my god... i live in Japan for like 15 years now and this one TV per household culture u are talking about is a big F lie man... stop trusting in everything u read on internet or see on TV

orangesonic
orangesonic

@bunchanumbers  oh god... get your facts right man...


March 31st – April 6th, 2014 sales

  1. PlayStation Vita – 25,017 (39,752)
  2. 3DS LL – 22,947 (52,124)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 13,401 (23,327)
  4. PlayStation 3 – 10,871 (17,154)
  5. 3DS – 9,091 (12,508)
  6. Wii U – 7,962 (13,026)
  7. PSP – 2,892 (4,206)
  8. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,371 (2,115)
  9. Xbox 360 – 276 (304)

it is from Playstation japanese magazine... the PS4 is doing very well i think it is because this year we had a tax increase, so people are not in the mood to buy expensive things right now... its not just about videogames sales... its everything... and the vita is dead?? come on... in the US maybe, but in Japan it is not doing so bad, so get ur facts right, because the market are different from country to country

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Technically, all consoles gather dust - whether you play them or not.

Tr0ll harder.

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

@Stevo_the_gamer 

I believe 1 game can change everything, and that game is FF7, recently I watched the FF7 Advent Children (again) and if they made that movie into a game it would sell consoles.

I believe Japanese gamers fall in love with well writen characters and unfortunately the FF series is nothing but new characters in new locations.

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

@Sam_021  5,000,000 + people say Hi. It's not inferior. Its different. Is Pepsi inferior to Coke? Maybe to a Soda Pop fanboy it is. If you don't like it that's cool but, why the need to put down a piece of plastic? I guess toy bashing is the new thing these days?

angelcage2
angelcage2

@TristanPR77 i don't think that they will be any better than 360 numbers... I don't get why MS is doing this

eternaldragoonx
eternaldragoonx

@alaannn  Is the xbox launched with a new Tales  game, Star Ocean and  a Xeno Gears then the system would sell like hotcakes. But this could be said for any console. If you look at the 360 sales they sold 10x the normal amount during the weeks of Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey. It all boils down to games.

wallacom
wallacom

@Random_Matt Sometimes its about expanding the brand name, you never know what will happen in the future, when Sony goes bankrupt.

lostn
lostn

@orangesonic @lostn Nintendo are the ones that said a lot of JPN households have 1 TV. If it's a lie, take it up with Nintendo, not me.

Jay2528
Jay2528

@lostn @bunchanumbers Anyone who thinks the Xbox One will sell well in Japan has to be smoking something terribly strong (or terrible period). 

angelcage2
angelcage2

@bdrtfm @Sam_021 will you pay the same for inferior computer parts? Inferior RAM modules and inferior processor? XONE HAVE inferior hardware. The only novel thing over PS4 was kinect.

alaannn
alaannn

@eternaldragoonx @alaannn xbox 360 sold somthing like 1.6 million in japan(ps3 sold 9.5),ps4 the other week sold only 6000 or there about and ps always sold more than ms in japan x1 if released in japan would sell somthing like 300 consoles a week if even that,while it could spike during certain game releases with an average of 300 consoles sold every week why bother translating/execlusives aimed at the japanesse market they cant be making money id imagine(besides the 1.6 million were prob american army in japan not japs themselfs they could just import instead),even sony should drop japan looking at those ps4 numbers,there just not enough sales there for consoles

TristanPR77
TristanPR77

Looks like that is the only hope Microsoft have , that Sony goes bankrupt. Too bad MS cannot compete against Sony now face to face.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@wallacom @Random_Matt I don't know about you two but perhaps take a break from the flag waving nonsense that Sony and Microsoft don't give a rats about and play your dam games :P

Random_Matt
Random_Matt

@wallacom @Random_Matt It won't happen, PS4 is profitable, Xbox One is not after the price cuts. It seems the kinectless models are ripping off customers, the measly discount is still probably shorter than what is costs to make.

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

@Random_Matt @wallacom Not sure where you get your info but Sony barely makes squat off of PS4. If you look at total revenue, MS made more money off of 5,000,000 consoles than Sony made off of 7,000,000. It was all over the news - Sony selling more consoles but MS making more profit - not sure how you missed it.

wallacom
wallacom

@Random_Matt @wallacom Whats up with my comments being pending? Gamespot is really annoying now