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Re: [News] Microsoft Still Slow in Japan

__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Saturday 23 September 2006 16:49 \__

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> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> Xbox still hopes to storm Japan
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| 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.

"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:


        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?).

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.


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