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MS offers Xbox 360 Arcade in Japan, fights PS3

updated 08:55 am EST, Mon February 4, 2008

Xbox 360 Arcade in Japan

Microsoft on Monday morning said it would release the Xbox 360 Arcade in Japan, marking the first appearance of the budget console in the country versus the more expensive but hard drive-equipped Xbox 360 Pro. Like the American version, the Arcade trims costs both by switching to a 256MB memory card from a 20GB hard drive as well as shipping with less expensive components, such as a wired gamepad without an Xbox Live headset. In exchange, the Arcade's removable card comes with five Xbox Live Arcade games preloaded to get casual users started.

The Arcade version of the system should be available on March 6th and will sell for the equivalent of $260 in Japan, well under the $325 demanded for the Pro. This makes the Japanese Arcade model the least-expensive Xbox in the world and is widely understood as an attempt to improve sales for the Xbox 360 platform as a whole, which has often sold poorly in Japan versus the country's native Nintendo and Sony consoles. The Japanese 40GB PlayStation 3 costs $341 but has typically outsold the Xbox 360, in part due to a wider range of games targeted at a Japanese audience as well as a Blu-ray drive.



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  1. lamewing

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    MS just doesn't get it

    I have nothing against the Xbox 360, but no matter what MS does, the 360 isn't going to do well in Japan.

    Japan has always gone local in regards to its videogame systems. In addition, they invariable choose one machine as their preferred choice.

    Four years ago, the Sony had about 75% of the Japanese market, while Nintendo had 25%. These numbers have been reversed with Nintendo leading Sony as a whole. BUT, in both cases, American hardware never had a chance.

    I have lived there and can tell you without a doubt...it is a whole 'nother world!!! :)

    Joe

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