Microsoft refers to Japan as a 'tier 2' country; will delay Xbox One launch
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.
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.
Via: Ars Technica
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