Microsoft has finally announced the date for the Xbox One release in Japan. Japanese gamers will be able to get their hands on Microsoft’s next gen gaming console a whole ten months after the US release, on September 4th.
The Xbox One will debut with; Forza 5, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son Of Rome with Sunset Overdrive and the next installment of the Halo series, tentatively dubbed “Halo For Xbox” coming shortly down the pike.
48 Publishers have lined up to be part of Xbox One in Japan including top US companies Electronic Arts (EA), Ubisoft, and Bethesda. Japanese publishers FromSoftware, Level-5 and Atlus have all signed up to create games for the Japanese version of the Xbox One as well.
Arstechnica reports that it may be a little too late for Xbox One in Japan. Traditionally Microsoft does lousy with Japanese gamers. Add to that the fact that Sony’s next gen console the PS4 will have 9 months of shelf life before the Xbox One hits the shelves.
It’s also unclear whether the Xbox One will be positioned to have such a prominent role in Japanese living rooms. No mention was made of what media apps will be available on the Japanese release.
Although some believe that the Xbox One is performing well, Sony has pulled ahead by over 2 million units. The latest numbers had 7 million PS4’s sold compared to 5 million Xbox Ones.