Japanese Xbox One launch will be 2014, Microsoft confirms

Microsoft Japan President Yasuyuki Higuchi says country is "tier 2"

Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One will not release in Japan this year, but should be on the market in early 2014. Speaking in an interview with 4 Gamer, Microsoft Japan President Yasuyuki Higuchi described his home territory as "Tier 2 country."

There's clearly no judgement involved in that statement beyond a sensible measuring of market demands, given the sales of the previous Xboxes in Japan. Higuchi has promised that the One "won't be delayed too much from the North American release," according to a translation from DualShockers.

Previously, Microsoft had published a list of launch countries for the new console, with 21 nations listed. Japan was not on that list, so Higuchi's confirmation comes as no surprise.

Other countries in the Asia are expected to see the One launch in late 2014.

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Philip Denton Sales Assistant/Trainer, Stormfront Retail Limited4 years ago
Interesting to see how the balance of power has shifted away from Japan towards US/Europe over the past 10 years. It used to be Europe would get a console last, although I don't think Japan is as excited for the XboxOne as we were when the PS2 was first launched in Britain.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 4 years ago
No surprise there. Had the Japanese actually purchased the 360(or original Xbox before it) they might have received the XB1 during the initial global launch. But Microsoft knows beyond all certainty that the console won't be supported there by the masses because of their preference to support Japan-made consoles. With the 360 Microsoft really went after getting exclusive Japanese content to appeal to Japanese gamers but they still showed little to no interest in the system. My guess is that Microsoft will have less Japanese exclusive games(for NTSC-J) than they did for the original Xbox.
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