Xbox sells average in Japan
For those of you who didn't know, the Xbox was released in Japan last Thursday. We have their figures and estimates, with comments by Sony's president. First off, the system sold for 34,800 yen ($260), roughly 5,000 yen more than the PS2 and 10,000 yen more than the GameCube. Regardless, the Xbox was able to sell about half of their 250,000 units shipments, with approximately 123,000 Xbox's going to happy Japanese homes. Twelve games also shipped with Microsoft's console, aiding in the purchasing power. However, with Sony already selling 26 million PS2's worldwide, 9 million of which going to Japan, Microsoft is going to have a difficult time competing.
Microsoft's launch appears to have little effect on the attitude of Sony's executives. SCEI President Ken Kutaragi addressed the issue by saying, "We welcome the fact that Xbox is developing in the same direction (in terms of broadband connection)."
"We believe that expectations for stronger Xbox demand should be mitigated by Microsoft's newcomer status in Japan and the higher price point for Xbox relative to PlayStation 2 and GameCube," said an analyst in a report to clients.
PSX Extreme will continue to report the status of the Xbox in Japan.
2/25/2002 Matt Stensrud