Xbox Series consoles to increase price in Japan

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#1 BenjaminBanklin
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Because they were already selling like hotcakes over there. /s

Microsoft has announced a 5,000 yen price increase for the manufacturer suggested retail price of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles in Japan, which will go into effect beginning February 17.

https://www.gematsu.com/2023/01/xbox-series-x-and-xbox-series-s-price-increase-announced-for-japan

This is pretty much waving the white flag at this point. Xbox sales in Japan have already cratered and this move will send them in reverse. Of all the countries that need a price increase the least, you'd think their worst market would have been safe.

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#2  Edited By SolidGame_basic
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Wow, Microsoft is a 2 trillion dollar company, this is outrageous !

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#3 R4gn4r0k
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Playstation consoles increased price on Europe, Xbox increased price in Japan.

USA gamers living the good life.

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#4 SecretPolice
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If they want the best over there, they're going to have the pay the price. Simple as that. :P

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#5 daredevils2k
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To think the lems stated that MS will never increase price with their console ,because they are sooooooo rich . But since then that statement, MS has laid off workers, destroyed 343 reputation and yet lems always no what’s best :)

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#6 R4gn4r0k
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Wait the Xbox Series X was only 390 euro in japan?

Ok forget what I said: it's just Europe always getting the shaft.

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#7 PC_Rocks
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I'm sure the whole 6 people would be really pi$$sed.

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#8 Pedro
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@pc_rocks said:

I'm sure the whole 6 people would be really pi$$sed.

😂

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#9 Litchie
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That'll fix it.

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#10 Zero_epyon
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ANTI CONSUMER!!!!!

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#11 adsparky
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I think this is bad PR, because with the amount they sell there hardly anyone would have noticed if they didn't say a word.

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#12 Pedro
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@Zero_epyon: It is

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#13  Edited By nod_calypse
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I forget, is it okay if Sony does this, but not if Microsoft does it? Or is it the other way around.

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#14 robert_sparkes
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MS need to lower the price in Japan but either way it's not selling over there anyway.

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#15 HalcyonScarlet
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About £30 or $35+ dollars.

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#16 Nike_Air
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Unbelievable. This can't be real. Say it ain't so.

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#17  Edited By simple-facts
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I don't live there or know anyone from Japan.

But my deepest condolences to anyone involved in this travisty.

Blame Sony,they opened the price rise door,and cows accepted it dry...OOOF

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#18 onesiphorus
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Is there a reason for the price increase in Japan? Supply and demand issues?

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@daredevils2k: At least we know. We don’t no.

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#20 deactivated-642321fb121ca
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What a surprise, lems are avoiding the thread. Can we have name and shame threads for crap they speak?

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#21 hardwenzen  Online
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From selling 10 xboxes per month, it will now sell 3.

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#22 loudheadphones
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@SolidGame_basic said:

Wow, Microsoft is a 2 trillion dollar company, this is outrageous !

They can afford the loss it seems.

Phil Spencer after PS5 price increase

We're always evaluating our business going forward so I don't think we can ever say on anything that we'll never do something," Spencer said. "But when we look at our consoles today, we think value's incredibly important.

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#23 nintendoboy16
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That'll make Xbox a success in Japan... (/s)

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#24 lamprey263
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When I checked this morning it's .0077 yen per USD and the new price of a Series X is around 60K yen so that makes it about $462 (rounded up), still about $38 cheaper than in the United States.

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#25 BenjaminBanklin
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@lamprey263 said:

When I checked this morning it's .0077 yen per USD and the new price of a Series X is around 60K yen so that makes it about $462 (rounded up), still about $38 cheaper than in the United States.

Yeah. Around the same price as a disc PS5 there

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#27 Zero_epyon
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@Pedro said:

@Zero_epyon: It is

It isn't...

The Yen is losing value just like the Rupee and the Pound. This is why Sony and MS are raising prices in these specific regions.

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#28 Pedro
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@Zero_epyon said:
@Pedro said:

@Zero_epyon: It is

It isn't...

The Yen is losing value just like the Rupee and the Pound. This is why Sony and MS are raising prices in these specific regions.

Thanks for sharing your opinion.☺️

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#29 lamprey263
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The price increase we've seen from both MS and Sony seem to reflect big lows in currencies from the $ against the € the £ and the ¥. Japan hit a 20 year low against the USD just a few months back.

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#30 Zero_epyon
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@Pedro said:
@Zero_epyon said:
@Pedro said:

@Zero_epyon: It is

It isn't...

The Yen is losing value just like the Rupee and the Pound. This is why Sony and MS are raising prices in these specific regions.

Thanks for sharing your opinion.☺️

Cmon don't be a clown.

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#31 Pedro
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@Zero_epyon said:
@Pedro said:

Thanks for sharing your opinion.☺️

Cmon don't be a clown.

I am a clown for saying "Thanks for sharing your opinion"?🤔

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#32 Zero_epyon
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@Pedro said:
@Zero_epyon said:
@Pedro said:

Thanks for sharing your opinion.☺️

Cmon don't be a clown.

I am a clown for saying "Thanks for sharing your opinion"?🤔

You're a clown for stating that what I said is an opinion and not a fact about the current state of these currencies.

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#33  Edited By Pedro
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@Zero_epyon said:

You're a clown for stating that what I said is an opinion and not a fact about the current state of these currencies.

It being anti-consumer is not an opinion.

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#34 Zero_epyon
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@Pedro said:
@Zero_epyon said:

You're a clown for stating that what I said is an opinion and not a fact about the current state of these currencies.

It being anti-consumer is not an opinion.

Indeed it is. Adjusting prices because of market conditions is consumer neutral. It's anit-consumer when those adjustments are exaggerated. For example, if gas prices rise by 5% on average but one company takes advantage and raises prices by 25% without justification. That's price gouging and that's anti-consumer.

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#35 Pedro
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@Zero_epyon said:

Indeed it is. Adjusting prices because of market conditions is consumer neutral. It's anit-consumer when those adjustments are exaggerated. For example, if gas prices rise by 5% on average but one company takes advantage and raises prices by 25% without justification. That's price gouging and that's anti-consumer.

I don't write the definitions of terms, just adhere to what they mean. If it is not favorable to consumers, it is anti-consumer. A price increase is not favorable to consumers, thus making it anti-consumer. I am not sure what your issue is since you are the one that initially made the claim. 🤷🏽‍♂️

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@R4gn4r0k: to my knowledge in USA PS5 is 499 + tax = depending on state 530-550 dollars when you leave the store. In Europe ps5 is 499 and when you leave the store you paid 499 taxes is already included in the price. If i am wrong feel free to correct me

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#37 Zero_epyon
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@Pedro said:
@Zero_epyon said:

Indeed it is. Adjusting prices because of market conditions is consumer neutral. It's anit-consumer when those adjustments are exaggerated. For example, if gas prices rise by 5% on average but one company takes advantage and raises prices by 25% without justification. That's price gouging and that's anti-consumer.

I don't write the definitions of terms, just adhere to what they mean. If it is not favorable to consumers, it is anti-consumer. A price increase is not favorable to consumers, thus making it anti-consumer. I am not sure what your issue is since you are the one that initially made the claim. 🤷🏽‍♂️

Anti-consumer: not favorable to consumer; improperly favoring the interests of businesses over the interests of consumers

It's not just what's unfavorable to the consumer but also if it improperly favors the interest of the business. Adjusting for inflation is not improper, though consumers could perceive it as unfavorable.

My initial post was clearly sarcastic being all caps with multiple exclamations. I was making fun of those who called Sony anti-consumer for raising prices in other regions for the exact same reasons.

Neither MS nor Sony are being anti-consumer by raising a region's prices based on their economy.

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#38 Pedro
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@Zero_epyon said:

Anti-consumer: not favorable to consumer; improperly favoring the interests of businesses over the interests of consumers

It's not just what's unfavorable to the consumer but also if it improperly favors the interest of the business. Adjusting for inflation is not improper, though consumers could perceive it as unfavorable.

My initial post was clearly sarcastic being all caps with multiple exclamations. I was making fun of those who called Sony anti-consumer for raising prices in other regions for the exact same reasons.

Neither MS nor Sony are being anti-consumer by raising a region's prices based on their economy.

As I have stated before, thank you for sharing your opinion.

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#39 Zero_epyon
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@Pedro said:
@Zero_epyon said:

Anti-consumer: not favorable to consumer; improperly favoring the interests of businesses over the interests of consumers

It's not just what's unfavorable to the consumer but also if it improperly favors the interest of the business. Adjusting for inflation is not improper, though consumers could perceive it as unfavorable.

My initial post was clearly sarcastic being all caps with multiple exclamations. I was making fun of those who called Sony anti-consumer for raising prices in other regions for the exact same reasons.

Neither MS nor Sony are being anti-consumer by raising a region's prices based on their economy.

As I have stated before, thank you for sharing your opinion.

And with that, your transformation is complete!

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@gotgames said:

@R4gn4r0k: to my knowledge in USA PS5 is 499 + tax = depending on state 530-550 dollars when you leave the store. In Europe ps5 is 499 and when you leave the store you paid 499 taxes is already included in the price. If i am wrong feel free to correct me

The price of the PS5 in the U.S. not just depends on the state where it is sold, but also where in that state it is sold. Many states that levy sales tax also alow local governments (county and municipal) to impose their own sales tax, so the sales tax in one city in a state can be different from a neighboring city.

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#41 Pedro
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@Zero_epyon: I see you are not taking well to me thanking you for your opinion. 😂

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#42  Edited By Zero_epyon
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@Pedro said:

@Zero_epyon: I see you are not taking well to me thanking you for your opinion. 😂

I see you're enjoying your time being a clown. To each his own lol.

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#43 Pedro
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@Zero_epyon: Seems like you are still upset that I agree with your initial post and thanking you for your opinion. 😂

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#44 Rewgle
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Microsoft and Japanese gamers aren't the ones to really blame for the failure of XBOX in Japan, rather, it falls on Japanese developers who insist on developing games first and foremost for the flagship Japanese console.

Most Japanese probably aren't buying Playstations for The Last of Us and God of War, but because of the niche Japanese games being made exclusively for the system.

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#45 WadeKuun
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They have told us before this would happen even though the tariffs against importing chips was delayed...

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#46 me2002
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They can buy Activision for $69 million but they can't take a small loss in a small market?