Microsoft Japan “Committed” to Release Xbox One in Sony and Nintendo’s Turf in 2014

Microsoft Japan just held its Xbox 360 end of the year informal party in Tokyo, and Xbox Division General Manager Takashi Sensui was in attendance. During a brief speech, as reported via tweet by several that were in attendance like corpse_cr he said that the company is “committed” to release the Xbox One in the country in 2014, which is a relief considering that the web has been quite rife with rumors about delays of the console in markets much nearer to Microsoft’s core target than Japan.

Below you can see a few pictures of the party and the raffle held during the celebrations (tweeted by corpse_cr himself), including the cake for the fifth anniversary of the brand in the country. And yes, they had maids. It’s Japan, after all.


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  • brianc6234

    Japanese gamers still won’t buy it. And why buy a console that’s more than Sony’s anyway? Microsoft should give up on Japan.

    • Daniel Dorestant

      I think its gonna sell poorly, but to just give up in Japan, thats ridiculous

      • Rock Mu

        Exactly. It’s obviously a niche product there, but they can probably move at least a couple hundred thousand (probably more, but we’ll see) there by the end of next year. A couple hundred thousand+ extra paying customers is worth more than none.

        • MasterofMidnight

          To be honest, as someone currently living in Japan, even ‘a couple of hundred thousand’ is being way too optimistic. Right now, the 360 isn’t selling more than 500 per week. The PS4 is getting some pretty good exposure here (and the Wii U is getting even more), whilst the X1 has literally NO advertisement at all. Advertisement is key to success in Japan. Much more important than the West. Frankly, I doubt most people, even gamers, are away that the X1 even exists over here.

      • Dimitris

        I don’t know what’s worst. Give up in Japan or get wiped out by competition there. I mean sure giving up sounds bad but they are not able to compete there. It will be a huge bad advertise every single week. If Xbox 360 that started in Japan with the promise of a lot of JRPGs and much lower price than PS3 managed to sell just a total of 1,6 millions (and right now is selling ~500 units per week) you realise that the momentum of the Xbox brand is very, very low. The opening day of PS4 there will probably outsell the potential lifetime sales of Xbox One. I don’t know. Maybe they should focus in China instead.

  • Nice Ness

    It could be accepted but we will have to wait and see next year, at the moment, Nintendo is ruling the console market there but that can or will easily change when the PS4 drops. This is gonna be the most interesting console generations in a long time

    • lol at the dislikes

      • Nice Ness

        I don’t get why, it was a rather un-biased comment

  • Solid Snake

    lol like Japan gives a fook.

  • peterpansyndrome94

    Good! ;-D

  • Ritsujun

    Dat upcoming Miclownsoft Circus in Japan.

  • PrinceHeir

    good luck with that MS

  • You are flat out wrong

    The hippest, most happening party in town!

  • tarbis

    They should held another party. A farewell party that is.

  • PachterStation

    Microsoft are flogging a dead horse with the One in Japan. But companies do this sort of thing (if they can afford it), just for the sake of it (for the Microsoft brand). The 360 hit around 1.5 million units in Japan, which was a lot better than the Xbox, but the Xbox flopped in every territory anyway. With the One being more expensive than the PS4 and Wii U in Japan, it’s not a very good start. Japan isn’t a hardcore territory anyway. The Japanese will only buy Japanese consoles, but even the likes of the PS3, Vita and Wii U haven’t clocked up big numbers. The Wii is history, so only the DS and 3DS has clocked up big numbers in Japan.

    • While it’s “common” knowledge that Japan isn’t a “hardcore market,” as their chiefly fond of mobile/handheld gaming, the “prejudice” against foreign products has greatly decreased over the past few years… or at least it has with the iPhone. It’s a very popular brand over there, and, despite it’s price/foreign make, is quite sought after by a great many people.

      Can the same be said for Xbox? lol not yet. But we’ll see.

  • Ana Helušić

    another lamebox epic fail