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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 Don Mattrick -- 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. 

Source: Games Industry International

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Kinect will doom the console in Japan
By jnemesh on 7/3/2013 5:30:37 PM , Rating: 2
Most Japanese apartments are too small for the Kinect to work. Bad enough when it was an that it is MANDATORY? I expect them to fail miserably. I would be VERY surprised if they sold even 1 million consoles there over its entire life. Probably MUCH less.

By wind79 on 7/3/2013 10:00:43 PM , Rating: 2
Its the same for most asian countries. Except for those richer folks, majority of us live in small apartments where the use of Kinect is just not feasible.

By Mint on 7/4/2013 3:37:01 PM , Rating: 2
By all accounts, the new Kinect works much better when you're close to it. It has a wider field of view and a much better response time, too.

RE: Kinect will doom the console in Japan
By quiksilvr on 7/5/2013 2:56:03 PM , Rating: 2
They only sold 1.6 million Xbox 360s in Japan, I doub't they'll break half that this generation if they are going to be this disrespectful and condescending towards another country just because sales were weak there. I mean the damn things are made in China, you can't throw 10,000 of them on a boat to Tokyo?

By Manch on 7/6/2013 10:44:14 AM , Rating: 2
They only sold 1.6 million Xbox 360s in Japan

you can't throw 10,000 of them on a boat to Tokyo?

Exactly why they arent pushing them out. It's reasonable for MS to expect to sell out in the US and Europe on launch day. The 360 sold out in every country on launch except Japan.

Why would they handicap themselves and rob themselves of sales by releasing a product that Japan has continued to for the most part ignore? As I said in my other post, it's rare for Japan to embrace western products.

This has nothing to do with being disrespectful or condescending. You really should look up the definitions for those words.

By Manch on 7/6/2013 10:24:06 AM , Rating: 2
Mandatory? It's part of the console but it's not like you will HAVE to use it for every game. They also had that adapter for playing in small rooms too.

Now, the avg house in japan is around 1400sq ft. They're not that small. When I was there, my apartment was ~1150sq ft, and I had plenty of space for a kinect. My house that I bought when I moved to the states is only a 3bdr rancher(1475sq ft). Plenty of room. I'm not rich by any stretch of the imagination.

Now, I didnt play a lot of games with it, bc there arent any but it makes for a great remote. I seriously doubt that small apartments will doom the xbox over there. Japan rarely embraces products from the west wholeheartedly. I dont expect this console to be any different. MS went to great lengths to get the japanese to buy but even with exclusives and everything else, they just couldnt pull customers.

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