Xbox One out in Japan in early 2014

Microsoft Japan president states that country is classified as "tier 2 country" for release schedule.

Microsoft has confirmed on website 4Gamer that the Xbox One will be out in Japan in early 2014, according to a report on Games Industry International.

Japan won't be seeing the Xbox One until early next year.

The company's Japan president Yasuyui Higuchi said that since Japan is a "Tier 2 country" in terms of market demand, the console will be out after its 2013 release in the 21 countries listed. Higuchi said that the device "won't be delayed too much from the North American release."

In related news, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One will be out in Asia late next year. In Japan, sales of the Xbox 360 had been at an all-time low when compared to the sales figures of its competitor's consoles. Lifetime sales of the Xbox 360 in Japan is at 1.63 million units after its eight-year tenure in the market.

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toyo75
toyo75

So, MS is releasing XBox 1 in Japan first where people are extremely loyal to their Japanese brand videogames & where 360 wasn't much of hit, rather than releasing it throughout majority of other Asian countries where the 360 was more appreciated. What is going on with Microsoft?

They'll have better luck releasing it first in major Asian cities/country like Hong Kong or Singapore rather than in Japan..

steelmouth
steelmouth

to compare the X360 sales in Japan to PS3 is really unfair, I would say compared to the Xbox the X360 did rather well in Japan so I don't get how its at an all time low since it certainly way better than the Xbox and way better than when it had only sold 1 mil units

PS Xbox will never outsell the PlayStation in Japan save for a miracle by the good Lord him self so its really stupid to keep bring that up so rather we should be judging it on how much/fast its closing the gap between the Xbox and PlayStation

hordaak
hordaak

XB1 will dominate the world. the ps4 will be a system for people that dont want to pay for games and like sucky online experiences

themadmanmarz
themadmanmarz

Nobody in Japan is gonna buy an Xbox One because they know its made of pure shit. 

arisgald
arisgald

Sony's Playstation has been well accepted worldwide while M$ Xbox?..... Mostly only in America since alot like shooting games (eg Halo,COD,BF,etc.) there while PS is all rounder RPG/ARPG/RACING/some shooters/etc. (eg FF series which is again exclusive to PS4,KDH series,GTA series,MGS series,GoW series,lot of indie games,etc.) i mean they have been focusing on gaming since the PSone/original era till now while M$ is now making a less gaming, ads contained, drmed(in a couple of years), vcr box? Well good luck M$.

SmallSatsuma
SmallSatsuma

Microsoft betting pretty much entirely on the North American market.  Dangerous strategy.

solid_snake1461
solid_snake1461

Good for M$. They know that this is a war that they can't win. So why the rush? Just wait till the PS4 got saturated and then maybe M$ can sell an Xone or two.