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Re: [News] Microsoft Still Slow in Japan

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Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ Mark Kent ] on Saturday 23 September 2006 16:49 \__
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>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> Xbox still hopes to storm Japan
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>>>| But Microsoft will not have it all its own way.
>>>| Sony's PlayStation 3 is launched in Japan on 11 November while the
>>>| Nintendo Wii will hit Japanese shelves in early December.
>>>| Nintendo's system will cost less than 25,000 Yen while following a price
>>>| drop announced at the Tokyo Games Show, Sony has said the 20 gigabyte
>>>| version of the PS3 will sell for 49,980 yen
>>> `----
>>> http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/5373066.stm
>>> Wasn't the release of the PS3 postponed? Could be a mistake.
>> Not in Japan or the US, no.
> You're right. So, this could turn out to be better (also for Linux) than I
> had initially imagined.
> http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nb20060923a2.html
> "The focus of the three-day show is PlayStation 3 from Sony Computer
> Entertainment Inc., which announced earlier this month that its Europe
> launch would be delayed until March. PS3 will go on sale on Nov. 11 in Japan
> and Nov. 17 in the United States."
> The PS2 sold about 1 million units in Japan within just 3 days, if I recall
> what I read correctly. Microsoft could not even sell 200,000 units, _in 10
> months_. Not even the recent discounts are believed to hold substantial
> promise (see article in OP). And several years down the line, the
> older-generation PS2 /still/ outsells the XBox 360, even in Microsoft's own
> back yard. Seen the following earlier on:
> http://www.engadget.com/2006/09/21/microsoft-offering-free-repairs-for-all-2005-xbox-360s/
>         Microsoft offering free repairs for all 2005 Xbox 360s
> I would have said "they feel guilty", but it's probably more of a binding
> commitment, as well as an attempt to retract and reverse PR damage (will
> they soon offer 'repairs' for faulty WGA?).

Haha!  That's good - that is truly funny.  I notice you've gathered a
new fan, who's also been after me.  In my kfile now, of course - doesn't
take some very long.

> This also explains a things or two.
> Gamers Say Microsoft Understates Xbox Problems
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>| An insider from Electronic Arts, Inc. is saying that the failure rate
>| of Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming console is actually ten times higher than
>| what Microsoft spokespeople have admitted.
>| Game Daily BIZ, a gaming industry publication, reported that the
>| anonymous source tallied that of the 300 consoles EA has received,
>| 30-50 percent of them have failed.
> `----
> http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2006/08/xbox_gamers02.html

Of course, this is no problem at all - that's why MS are offering free
repairs :-))))

| Mark Kent   --   mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk  |
		-- The Gorn, "Arena", stardate 3046.2

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