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Japan Isn't Getting the Xbox One Until 2014

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Sorry, Japan.

Microsoft's Xbox One might not have a solid release date just yet but the company has said it plans to launch the console in time for the holiday season. Unfortunately, if you're living in Japan, the Xbox One actually won't be available before the end of the year. In fact, Microsoft has confirmed that Japanese gamers will be waiting until early 2014 before the Xbox arrives in their country. And they're not alone.

According to Games Industry, Microsoft Japan President Yasuyuki Higuchi has said Japan is "tier 2 country," which means it won't be getting the Xbox when it initially launches. Higuchi confirmed the news when speaking in an 4 Gamer, but Japan-based Xbox fans would already have known something was up when their country didn't appear on the list of launch countries Microsoft had at E3.

The very presence of a 'tier 2' (along with the fact that there are only 21 countries on the launch list) suggests that Japan isn't alone . So who else will be tier two? It's anyone's guess. GI says other countries in Asia will see the console in late 2014, so that leads us to believe there's actually a third tier. Only Microsoft knows the finer details, so we'll have to wait to find out the specifics. For now, we know that Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom are on the launch lsit. Everything else is kind of up in the air.

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    Aljosha Breimer , July 4, 2013 5:12 AM
    They don't need Xbox hey got Sony ;) 
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    gsxrme , July 4, 2013 5:19 AM
    whenever Japan releases something we have to wait for US release and now when We release something they need to wait. good! I'm still waiting on PSO2! fookers!
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    damianrobertjones , July 4, 2013 5:44 AM
    I might be tempted to get an Xbox one straight away this time... . Their digital stance, which they've since dropped, didn't really bother me as I mainly use Steam anyway.
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    tabrion , July 4, 2013 5:45 AM
    Well let's see. Total Xbox 360 sales in Japan 1.64 million. PS3 sales are at 9.35 million. Seems that Microsoft are just digging themselves a deeper and deeper hole.
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    StrelokS , July 4, 2013 5:48 AM
    Xbox can't sell well in Japan because of Sony and Nintendo.

    And honestly MS has already lost its reputation of being good developers and so on...

    This will highly boost the Sony and Nintendo console sales.

    So yea ... MS is dead.
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    ojas , July 4, 2013 6:25 AM
    Yeah the Indian subcontinent is in the third tier.

    Of course, not for Sony.
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    Cataclysm_ZA , July 4, 2013 6:36 AM
    South Africa is part of wave 4 or the fourth tier, which is apparently in te same tier as India which has been confirmed to have a very late 2014 launch. Wave 1 is 21 launch countries and the rest follow on from there, although Microsoft won't detail how many waves there are or who exactly is in them. Our local TV and satellite providers haven't even been approached about partnering with Microsoft for the XO channel guide thingamabob, let alone certify Xbox Video to work here (thanks, ICASA, for being a big fat slob).
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    JJ1217 , July 4, 2013 6:38 AM
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    Xbox can't sell well in Japan because of Sony and Nintendo.

    And honestly MS has already lost its reputation of being good developers and so on...

    This will highly boost the Sony and Nintendo console sales.

    So yea ... MS is dead.


    MS is dead? Are you a moron? You know, Xbox's aren't the only thing they sell. They sell computers, tablets, operating systems, many different types of software, all of which are constantly bought all day every day. And you just said MS is dead. Jesus Christ your post reeks stupidity.

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    back_by_demand , July 4, 2013 7:04 AM
    So basically Europe, North America and English speaking Oceania, traditionally their best markets - so what's the news?
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    Cataclysm_ZA , July 4, 2013 7:20 AM
    [double post]
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    irish_adam , July 4, 2013 7:24 AM
    Quote:
    Well let's see. Total Xbox 360 sales in Japan 1.64 million. PS3 sales are at 9.35 million. Seems that Microsoft are just digging themselves a deeper and deeper hole.


    This is exactly why they aren't wasting units on Japan, the Japanese always buy Japanese which is why they will always struggle there. Why bother sending a million units to japan that you know wont sell when you can ship those units to another country where you know they will
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    nino_z , July 4, 2013 7:37 AM
    My god the poor japanese! :D 
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    SkateZilla , July 4, 2013 7:58 AM
    this is prolly a good thing, cuz i doubt it will do well against the PS4. until the price drops.
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    Anonymous , July 4, 2013 8:21 AM
    Who cares? Japan never even liked MS. They don't buy anything that doesn't have their culture all over it.
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    StrelokS , July 4, 2013 8:23 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Xbox can't sell well in Japan because of Sony and Nintendo.

    And honestly MS has already lost its reputation of being good developers and so on...

    This will highly boost the Sony and Nintendo console sales.

    So yea ... MS is dead.


    MS is dead? Are you a moron? You know, Xbox's aren't the only thing they sell. They sell computers, tablets, operating systems, many different types of software, all of which are constantly bought all day every day. And you just said MS is dead. Jesus Christ your post reeks stupidity.



    Whoa there no need to get violent !

    When I said MS was dead, I really means its REPUTATION was dead, or at least its dying.

    But honestly they are failing harder and harder as time passes.

    Did you know they even made a DX11.2(already possible in OpenGL) exclusive to Windows 8 and Xbox One.

    They have no respect for consumers.

    I am sorry if I offended your opinion, but this is just what I think about MS.

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    digiex , July 4, 2013 8:36 AM
    When they release it in tier 2+ countries, it will too late, they already bought PS4.
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    AzureFlash , July 4, 2013 8:37 AM
    Japan: "Hey Microsoft... could you... um... wait until 2016 while you're at it? Thanks!"
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    jdwii , July 4, 2013 10:37 AM
    i doubt they care Japan isn't like the U.S they actually like more than FPS, hence why they never buy microsoft consoles. Sony+Nintendo all the way their.
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    jdwii , July 4, 2013 10:43 AM
    Lets see Xbox one underpowered plus overpriced compared to the PS4, no good games besides shooters and all about multiplayer. Windows 8 enough said their, office starting to lose its mojo in sales because of the free competition among normal users. i work at bestbuy no one even cares about the surface tablet. Almost everything they make now is not worth buying the most impressive thing they did was directx 11.2 i was actually quite amazed but when its closed source and only for the xbox one and windows 8 i doubt anyone will even use it.
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    vmem , July 4, 2013 12:47 PM
    hmm, so in reality, Microsoft's strategy is to sell the xbox SERIES as a ubiquitous, home entertainment console. they're saying that there isn't a huge hurry to get Xbox One if you have an Xbox 360.

    I guess it sorta makes sense since a console maker only makes money off of content sales anyway
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