XBOX 360 - Am I missing something?

Discussion in 'Console Gaming' started by madmatt, Sep 20, 2006.

  1. madmatt

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    I'm not a gamer by any means but I like to keep up-to-date on the latest happenings when it comes to consoles. I was catching up this morning and I came across this article.

    Firstly, why isn't the XBOX 360 this cheap in the US? Secondly, why isn't the XBOX 360 coming out in the US with these features (I know it says it will be available but why does Japan get it first)?

    I can certainly understand Sony releasing products in Japan first, but Microsoft has always released new products in the US first.

    Can someone shed some light on this?
     
  2. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    1. I could ask the same of the UK.

    Japan Release -> Price Hike -> US Release -> Price Hike++ -> Euro Release.

    It's just the way it goes, and always will do.

    2. Microsoft really need to push the Xbox in Japan, it's a complete and utter flop over there for some reason. The Japanese seem to favour playing with pretend dogs on their Nintendo DS portables, than uber-shiny graphics and wireless controllers.

    I guess that Microsoft are just throwing some extra tech their way to see if it will make any difference.
     
  3. Electronic Punk

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    Could be less tax, less costs for the thing to travel from the factory and of course incentive to buy.
     
  4. Grandmaster

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    As already pointed out, the 360 is doing horribly in Japan and MS is just trying to sell as many 360s as they can before Nintendo and Sony bring out their machines.
     
  5. madmatt

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    And that's another thing that bothers me. The company was born and raised here in the United States, yet all the labor and help desks are shipped overseas.

    Regardless, I can understand Japan being a crucial market (and Japanese are very loyal to home grown brands) but that still doesn't explain why it would be released there first.
     
  6. SPeedY_B

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    Are the chips and general internal gubbins being produced in Japan? If so, surely that would explain things some more.

    I think the lagging sales in Japan justify them giving them something exclusive for a while though.
     
  7. madmatt

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    That makes sense. Obviously Microsoft isn't dumb, they've put a lot of thought and effort into the release.
     
  8. Scott Young

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    The japanese generaly dont buy consoles/games developed outside japan. Especially western companies. Its accounted for by Patriotism and distrust of products from other countries.
     
  9. lancer

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    What are you guys talking about, read the article again, the $200 price point is for the HD-DVD drive ONLY.... not for the console.
     
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    ^^^Spot on lancer.

     
  11. jimi_81

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    can i add to that list?
    3. Region lock to prevent arbitrage opportunities.

    4. I never read the article properly, thanks Lancer
     
  12. lancer

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    sorry guys i played the part of the obnoxous english guy well :)

    its being released there first as a marketing ploy, hopefully to make the japanese feel extra special, and that the Xbox team see them as extra important, hopefully this will translate into more loyalty towards the xbox brand.
     
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  13. madmatt

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    Goodness, my bad. Thank you.

    Cookies awarded for making me feel dumb! =)
     
  14. lancer

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    i know and you're the one that posted it, are you blonde matt?
     
  15. gonaads

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    He's a dirty blonde. :p
     
  16. Grandmaster

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    I didn't realize everyone thought that the 360 itself was $200.

    I can't see it taking much longer for MS to become that desperate in Japan :p
     
  17. Shamus MacNoob

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    :eek:
     
  18. LeeJend

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    I fuirther hate to disillusion you guys but the chips are made in China, not Japan. Japanese labor and realestate are too expensive to build foundries.
     
  19. madmatt

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    Yeah, bad morning. Thanks.
     
  20. Electronic Punk

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    I Wasn't talking about production costs, just general shipping costs :)