Xbox One Will Launch in Japan Next Year
Posted by Anthony Bacchus
Japanese gamers shouldn't have to wait too much longer
Microsoft has confirmed today that despite the Xbox 360's lackluster performance in Japan, they are not being deterred from launching the Xbox One in that territory.
President and CEO of Microsoft Japan, Yasuyuki Higuchi, revealed in an interview with 4gamer that their next-gen console will be available in the country next year, promising that the wait isn't that far behind the November North American launch. Below is the translation:
"For the launch of Xbox One Japan is a Tier 2 country and not a Tier 1 country, so it’ll come with the second wave, that will be delayed a little bit [compared to North America]."
Tier 1 refers to the countries that will sell the Xbox One first and Tier 2 will be the countries that follow afterwards, typically meaning a release in 2014.
Microsoft has previously stated that they are determined to continue supporting and developing within the Japan market even though the Xbox 360 failed to create any sort of impact against Sony and Nintendo. Perhaps things will change this generation but it's clear the Xbox One will have quite the uphill battle to climb.