Xbox One Will Come to Japan in Early 2014
July 3, 2013 12:14 PM
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Microsoft said Japan is a "Tier 2 country"
Sorry, Japan -- it looks like you're going to have to wait until next year to get a Xbox One.
Microsoft announced that Japan will receive the Xbox One in early 2014 instead of late 2013. It will release in North America in November and Europe in either November or December of this year.
Microsoft Japan President Yasuyuki Higuchi said this is because Japan is considered a "Tier 2 country." This is based on demand for the Xbox in the country as opposed to others.
According to reports, other countries in Asia won't get their hands on a Xbox One
until late 2014
The Xbox One has been a controversial machine for Microsoft. When the console was announced in late May, the company revealed that it would allow third-party publishers to
opt out of used game sales
. Both Microsoft and the publishers don't receive license fees on used game sales, but Microsoft was sneaky about the new policy by allowing third parties to make the decision on whether to ban the new games -- which puts them to blame instead of Microsoft for upset gamers.
Gamers were also upset to learn that of the new "always-on" digital rights management (DRM) system, which posed a problem for many people who are either in rural areas with slow Internet connections, travelling or experience Internet issues with providers.
But the consumer backlash was so brutal that Microsoft
retracted these features
. This meant that gamers no longer needed to have an Internet connection to play an offline Xbox One game (they will only need to go through a one-time setup over the Internet when the console first boots up), and gamers can trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like they do now.
Earlier this week, Microsoft lost
-- the president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business -- who left to become the CEO of Zynga. He aims to help the struggling social game company survive.
However, some wonder if Mattrick got the boot for his controversial statements regarding the Xbox One. When gamers lashed out about the new always-on issue, Mattrick advised that they
don't buy an Xbox One
The Xbox One sports an APU with eight x86-64 cores; 8GB of DDR3 RAM; a GPU based on an AMD GCN architecture with 12 compute units (768 cores total for 1.23 TFLOPS; a 500 GB non-replaceable hard drive; three USB 3.0 ports; HDMI, and a Blu-ray optical drive.
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not shocked by this
7/3/2013 2:02:50 PM
the previous xbox sold appallingly bad over there.
RE: not shocked by this
7/4/2013 3:18:33 AM
Exactly. I'm sure Japan is low on the list in Redmond.
And if predictions and pre-orders is anything to go by then next time round then every where in the world will be low on the list in Redmond :-)
RE: not shocked by this
7/5/2013 3:22:43 PM
xboxes usually don't sell well because of the games. Xbox concentrate on FPS while Japanese loves RPG and more anime type characters. MS seems to completely ignore the culture difference.
Tier 2 is just a lame excuse for the obvious reasons. There is limited supply at launch. Japan's currency has inflated over 30% at even Apple had to change their price. That means launch price of the xbox will make it very expensive. With already low demand for the console, it will mean even less sales. What's the point of spreading limited supply to an area with little to no sales? North America and Europe will have demand exceeding supply at launch. The currency exchange will favor the US much more than Japan.
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