Overall, Xbox is seeing "phenomenal growth" in Japan, according to an Xbox executive.

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#1 SecretPolice
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Rut row raggy.

Phony and Nintendont, be afraid, be very afraid. lol :P

Anywho, small victory and I suppose there is some positive news there but the competition has nothing to worry about in Japan.

Any thoughts SW?

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Xbox Series X|S Passes 100,000 Units Sold In Japan

For comparison, the Xbox One apparently needed 4.5 years to reach that sales mark in Japan.

By on October 15, 2021 at 4:36AM PDT

Microsoft's Xbox has not historically performed all that well in Japan, but the Series X|S is showing a massive improvement in the country. The console has now sold more than 100,000 units in Japan, according to the latest data from Famitsu.

For comparison, the Xbox One needed 4.5 years to pass 100,000 units sold, according to VGC's analysis. The Series X|S needed less than a year to reach that milestone.

In terms of sales by platform, the Series X has sold 64,284 units in Japan compared to 38,307 for the Series S, which is curious given Xbox management has said the Series S, actually, was the more in-demand system in the country.

Sony's PlayStation 5, meanwhile, has shifted around 1.2 million units in Japan so far. It reached 1 million units sold in Japan faster than the PS4.

Overall, Xbox is seeing "phenomenal growth" in Japan, according to an Xbox executive. A "really high percentage" of Xbox consoles sold in Japan are to people who never owned an Xbox before.

Microsoft currently owns one Japanese game studio, Tango Gameworks (The Evil Within, Ghostwire: Tokyo), which it acquired as part of its acquisition of Bethesda/ZeniMax. Microsoft may be looking to acquire another Japanese studio.

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#2 SolidGame_basic
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It's all of those military people lol

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#3 Pedro
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Meh!

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#4  Edited By SecretPolice
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@SolidGame_basic said:

It's all of those military people lol

You're probably right. :P

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#5 x_hedon
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Great news for gamers around the world.

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#6 davillain-  Moderator
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I like to believe Xbox Series S is more popular in Japan due to its smaller design compare to Series X and I see the Series S more design likeness for Japan than anywhere else.

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#7 SecretPolice
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@davillain- said:

I like to believe Xbox Series S is more popular in Japan due to its smaller design compare to Series X and I see the Series S more design likeness for Japan than anywhere else.

Likely and the lower price doesn't hurt as well. ;)

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Hopefully things improve in Japan. Even if it doesn't catch the competition it would be good for MS. But can MS react with the type of games Japan likes?

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@SolidGame_basic said:

It's all of those military people lol

I see this kind of post often and it's false.

Any electronic device sold on a military installation is sourced from the US and not "on the economy" as we say. This is due to a few reasons but the 2 most important are region locked software (Disc, digital and DLC) and duties and fees that some countries charge.

We have agreements with countries to prevent military members from negatively affecting local economies by buying up items at cheap conversation rates, which happens a lot in countries like Bahrain where gold is cheap

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#10 onesiphorus
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@SolidGame_basic said:

It's all of those military people lol

I really like to see demographic data which shows that buyers of Xbox systems mostly live in military bases in Japan.

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#11 Juub1990
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2 units sold instead of 1 is still a 2x increase.

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More Japanese gaming goodness on Xbox please.

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#13 Antwan3K
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the play for Xbox is to get the Japanese market interested in the ecosystem via PC and mobile (cloud) via Game Pass .. interest in the console will hopefully follow..

definitely a backwards strategy compared to their usual efforts but it seems to be working so far compared to previous efforts..

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#14  Edited By Nonstop-Madness
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It still trails the original Xbox and, 360 launch aligned. It's good to see them improve but, yeah, they're still miles away from being relevant in Japan.

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#15 hardwenzen
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Nobody wants it there. Discontinue the damn thing already, its painful to watch.

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#16  Edited By lamprey263
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If they wanna break Japan, put a bunch of raunchy visual novels on Game Pass. It is working for Switch.

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#17 davillain-  Moderator
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@SolidGame_basic said:

It's all of those military people lol

Heh, always thought it was BS. Just like ProtossRushX still alive.

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#18 hardwenzen
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What if exlusively for Japan, they create an AO rating for gamepass and load it with a bunch of hentai? I N S T A N T success destroying the Switch and everything else. I should be hired by MS already.

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#19  Edited By onesiphorus
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@lamprey263 said:

If they wanna break Japan, put a bunch of raunchy visual novels on Game Pass. It is working for Switch.

You really think that the Japanese are sex-starved perverts? What about Westerners?