PS3 Already Ahead of Xbox 360 in Japanese Sales

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It’s doubtful that many people thought that the Xbox 360 would have a chance against the PlayStation 3 and Wii in Japan, but the following stats should be quite troubling to the boys in Redmond. According to MCV, PS3 sales in Japan have already surpassed those of the Xbox 360 which has been on sale for a year.

Microsoft has sold fewer than 180,000 Xbox 360s in Japan since its launch a year ago. Sony’s PS3 in its first month has already bettered the Xbox 360’s tally by almost 10,000 units. And then there’s the Wii — that console garnered sales of 400,000 within its first week on the market in Japan.

Microsoft has had much better luck with its Xbox 360 in the North American market and is on track to have sold 10 million units by the end of the calendar year 2006.

Despite getting passed over by two, month-old systems, Microsoft still has at least one thing going for it in Japan: Blue Dragon. The new RPG launched on Dec 7 in Japan and resulted in long lines of fans scrambling to get a copy. The game was developed by famed Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.

News source: DAILYTECH


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