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Microsoft refers to Japan as a 'tier 2' country; will delay Xbox One launch

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Author: Nicholas Greene  

The somewhat bewildering saga of the Xbox One continues. In a press-attended Microsoft Japan corporate strategy meeting, Microsoft Japan President and CEO Yasuyuki Higuchi established that the organization will be delaying the launch of the console. The reason, he explained, is that Japan is a '"Tier 2 Country" where the Xbox One launch is concerned. In other words, the territory is not high on Microsoft's priorities list.

Microsoft refers to Japan as a 'tier 2' country; will delay Xbox One launch

Still, Higuchi was careful to establish that it won't be delayed 'too much.' Japan might still see the Xbox One before the rest of Asia, which won't be receiving the console until "late 2014."

Curiously enough, this comes right on the heels of a statement by former Xbox One boss Don Mattrick that Microsoft is committed to Japan, and sees it as an 'important market.' Chalk it up to Mattrick blowing more hot air, but this choice, at least, makes sense. Sales of the Xbox 360 in Japan were downright abysmal; Microsoft has no reason to believe the Xbox One will fare any better.

Source: 4Gamer

Via: Ars Technica

Posted on: 07/03/2013 | ? Comments
Tags: Xbox One, Microsoft, Don Mattrick, Japan, Next Generation, Next Gen Launch Date, Video Game News
Nicholas Greene

A gamer at heart, Nick started writing when he was a child. He holds a BA in English, works as a freelancer, and loves every minute of it. One day, he hopes to net himself a career in game design - but that's something for the future.

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