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Microsoft announces Xbox 360 price cuts in Japan

According to a Reuters article, Microsoft Corp will slash the price of its Xbox 360 game console in Japan by about 30 percent. This will make the Xbox 360 cheaper than the Nintendo Wii and Sony Corp's PlayStation 3.

Microsoft will lower the price of the Xbox 360 Arcade model by 8,000 yen ($73.92) to 19,800 yen. The Arcade model does not come equipped with a hard drive and is the least expensive of the three Xbox 360 models.

The new price will make that model cheaper than the Nintendo Wii which sells for about 25,000 yen, and the PlayStation 3, which sells for 39,800 yen. Microsoft will also reduce the price of two higher models with hard drives by 5,000-8,000 yen, according to the Reuters article. The price cut will take effect on September 11.

The Xbox 360 has struggled in the Japanese market, with 684,695 units sold so far in Japan against the Wii's 6.67 million and PS3's 2.32 million, according to game magazine publisher Enterbrain.

Microsoft’s fortunes have begun to change recently with the Xbox 360 outselling the PS3 in Japan in weekly sales for the week ended August 10. The boost in sales was attributed to the Xbox 360 exclusive "Tales of Vesperia" role-playing game from Namco Bandai

Microsoft recently cut the price of its best-selling Xbox 360 Pro model game console with a 20 gigabyte hard drive to $299 from $349 in the United States. 

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By StevoLincolnite on 9/1/2008 2:03:42 PM , Rating: 2
I have the Arcade version.

The Arcade is an "Upgraded Core" You get a Wireless controller instead of a wired one, HDMI now when there wasn't one on the core, 256mb memory card when before there was nothing.

The Arcade was the model I chose because:
1) It was cheap.
2) I can still play online happily.
3) I don't need the storage to download Trailers, Maps and Demo's - I use Demo Discs for that.
4) Movies and Music is handled by a USB 2.5" 160gb External HDD which I Transfer stuff from my laptop and watch it through the Xbox 360.

So although people bash the Arcade for not having a Hard Drive, for some it's all they need to still Play games online and have allot of fun.

If Nintendo were going to release a "Super Wii" now would not be a good time, a good time would be where Supply can meet demand, and can handle pumping out two SKU's.

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