NEWS - Friday, September 8, 2006


Microsoft To Ship Low-Price Xbox In Japan

Microsoft said Friday it will offer a low-priced version of its Xbox 360 video game console in Japan in November as it braces itself for a battle against new machines from Sony and Nintendo. Microsoft plans to offer Xbox 360 Core System, which comes with a wired controller and does not include a hard disk drive, for 29,800 yen ($256) on Nov. 2, a little more than a week before Sony’s launch of its PlayStation 3 (PS3) console. Microsoft currently offers a version with a 20-gigabyte (GB) hard disk drive and a wireless controller in Japan for 39,795 yen ($342). The new version of Xbox 360 will be less than half the price of a model of PS3 that is equipped with a 20-GB hard drive and comes with a Blu-ray next-generation high-definition optical disc player. Sony plans to to put a price tag of 62,790 yen on it. Nintendo, which will start selling its Wii console in the final quarter of 2006, plans to offer the machine for 25,000 yen or less in Japan. Japan has been a weak spot for Microsoft’s Xbox business, and shoring up demand in the stronghold of Sony and Nintendo is important for the world’s largest software maker as it goes into the critical year-end shopping season. As of Sept. 3, Microsoft had sold about 159,000 units of the Xbox 360 in Japan since its December launch, according to industry watcher Enterbrain. Sony, in comparison, sold almost a million units of PlayStation 2 in the first three days of its launch in Japan in 2000. Sony said on Wednesday it would postpone the PS3 launch in Europe, Russia and several other regions to March from November, citing a delay in commercial production of a blue laser component, a key part of the Blu-ray optical disc drive. Shares in Sony were up 0.2 percent at 4,980 yen in afternoon trade and Nintendo was up 0.6 percent at 23,430 yen, compared with the Nikkei average up 0.51 percent. ($1=116.74 Yen)
Source: http://www.crn.com/

Comments

Site Statistics

Registered Members: 49,242
Forum Posts: 725,920
Xbox One Titles: 2,940
Xbox 360 Titles: 1,086
Xbox 360 Kinect Titles: 95
Xbox 360 Arcade Titles: 586
Original Xbox Titles: 987
Staff Reviews: 2,048
Member Reviews: 10,339
News Articles: 15,660
Screenshots: 34,265
Xbox 360 Achievements: 45,112
Xbox 360 Faceplates: 2,016
Cheat Codes: 1,706

Latest News








See News Archives

Community Forum Activity

Watch Dogs: Legion
Post by Nato King
0 Replies, 3902 Views

Xbox Series X or S
Post by Nato King
4 Replies, 3804 Views

Spellbreak Grand Magus Pack (3) and Starter Pack (7) Giveaway!
Post by Variation-XBA
0 Replies, 4016 Views

I pay $ 1000! I search the Element 54 Canadian launch Team signaturen Faceplate
Post by Smill
0 Replies, 7643 Views

Xbox one no signal
Post by debrartin
0 Replies, 29001 Views

do you remember?
Post by SnoochyBoochy
3 Replies, 29568 Views

i haz xbox
Post by SnoochyBoochy
0 Replies, 25463 Views

Claiming the first thread of 2020
Post by Kraft
7 Replies, 44539 Views

Important! I pay $ 1000! I search the Sweden launch and the Element 54 Faceplate
Post by Smill
3 Replies, 23932 Views

Squad Up
Post by samslophead
0 Replies, 52264 Views

TERA Skinned Xbox One X Giveaway!
Post by Variation-XBA
0 Replies, 53574 Views

Starfield Release expectations?
Post by DJ tx
4 Replies, 90259 Views

Issue with Xbox live on Xbox home
Post by rcmpayne
0 Replies, 62388 Views

Happy Birthday, Me.
Post by SnoochyBoochy
4 Replies, 76561 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada October, 2018 Play date info thread.
Post by Kiesey
2 Replies, 19534 Views

© 2000-2020 XboxAddict.com - All rights reserved. All trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft. XboxAddict.com is not affiliated with Microsoft.

Made in Canada
Site Design by Cameron Graphics