The Xbox 360 Elite is set to launch
in Japan on October 11, months after the North American release.
The improved version of the Xbox 360 console, with the added
features of HDMI output and a 120GB hard drive, is distinguished from its
previous, lesser versions by an all-black finish and matching accessories. The
Xbox 360 Elite model launched in the U.S. in late April and in Canada in early
“Xbox 360 Elite joins the ranks of our Core and Pro
offerings that provide consumers with the flexibility to purchase the version
of Xbox that best fits their unique needs,” said Peter Moore, the head of
Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, for the U.S. launch. “Xbox
360 Elite joins the ranks of our Core and Pro offerings that provide consumers
with the flexibility to purchase the version of Xbox that best fits their
Although Japanese gamers have to wait Xbox 360 Elite much
longer for the upgraded console to arrive, they will be getting a considerable
break on the price over their North American counterparts. The Xbox 360 Elite
is set to retail in Japan for 47,800 yen, or about $389. In the U.S., the Xbox 360
Elite retails for $479.
It remains to be seen whether or not the improved features or
relatively better value price of the Xbox 360 Elite will be enough to entice
Japanese gamers to Microsoft’s console – which so far is ineffective in that
country. Sales of Xbox 360 in Japan appear to be boosted by only the release of
Japanese-made RPGs such as Blue Dragon
and Trusty Bell/Eternal Sonata.