Microsoft has this week revealed that they will be launching their new next-generation Xbox One in Japan on September 4th 2014, priced the same as the PlayStation 4 which launched in Japan back in February 2014.
The Xbox One game console will be available in Japan supplied with the Kinect device for 49,980 yen and without Kinect for 39,980 yen the same prices as Sony’s PS4 console.
Xbox One games launching alongside the launch of he console include Forza 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome from Microsoft, with Square Enix publishing Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Thief, Murdered: Soul Suspect and Call of Duty: Ghosts.
With previous Xbox launches in Japan proving to be difficult for Microsoft, Xbox boss Phil Spencer insisted Japan remains an important market for Microsoft’s console, explaining:
“The Japanese development community remains incredibly important to us, and we’re continuing to invest there,”-“We’re having great conversations with people. We’re not announcing anything, but I can say both RPGs and specifically the Japanese developers are really important to our ecosystem.”
To re-cap the Microsoft Xbox One is powered by a customised AMD Jaguar 8 core processor is equipped with a graphics processor that is tailored for Direct X 11 graphics. Together with 32MB of high bandwidth embedded ESRAM which is supported by 8GB of RAM that when combined offer support for full HD video in 1080p with 7.1 surround sound.
Google Chromecast is also launching in Japan this month.
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