Fancy Unwrapping an Xbox One this Christmas?

December 6th, 2016 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in XBox One No Comments »

Not everything in Japan comes cheap. Cheese is one of these things. Nintendo games are another. But those of you wanting to save a few Yen this Christmas might want to turn to Microsoft. The Xbox One is going for a bargain price of Y19800 on That sounds like a great deal to us, especially as it comes bundled with the Master Chief collection featuring the first four Halo games. Might be time to start dropping a few hints to loved ones. Merry Christmas!

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Xbox One launches in Japan

September 4th, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in XBox One No Comments »

Today is Xbox One release day in Japan. Shoppers are not exactly fighting to get their hands on them with buyers thin on the ground and queues non-existent. Still, it’s nice to see Microsoft making the effort although they seem to have an uphill battle on their hands at the moment. PS4 has a headstart and appears to be technically stronger. We’ll have to see what Microsoft can do to turn this around.

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Microsoft Announce Xbox One Launch Date

May 27th, 2014 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in XBox One 1 Comment »

Xbox One will finally launch in Japan on September 4th of this year.

The system will come in two versions, with and without Kinect, priced at 49980 yen and 39980 yen respectively.

Microsoft have never really gained traction in Japan, so have their work cut out to shift units this time around. We’re looking forward to see what new titles will be announced at E3, they could certainly do with pulling something spectacular out of the bag.

As well as the console they also announced peripheral prices and launch titles. The wireless controller at 5980 yen might be of interest to PC gamers as it is rumoured to be getting PC compatibility soon.


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New Xbox will now be Region Free

June 20th, 2013 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in XBox One 1 Comment »

Microsoft have reversed their policies on region locking and digital rights management. The next Xbox will now be region free and allow game discs to be used freely without being tied to a particular account.

We’ll still have to change discs, but frankly we gamers need all the exercise we can get.

Kudos to Microsoft for responding to the community like this. With the Xbox One a viable choice again, expats everywhere now face a touch choice when compiling their Christmas lists this year.

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XBox One to be region locked

May 27th, 2013 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in XBox One 1 Comment »

Since posting this, Microsoft have announced that the Xbox One will be region free, read more here.

Sadly, it seems Microsoft’s new console will be fully region locked for games. We’re presuming this means all games will be region locked by default. Given that many high quality games are never released in Japan this makes the console a lot less appealing to expat gamers.

Coming after their announcing the lack of backwards-compatibility and the restrictions on second hand games it seems they now have the full set of anti-consumer practices in place for XBox One.

Hopefully PS4 will stay region free – if so it looks like it could end up winning the next gen battle before it even starts. If not, maybe Steam Box will offer a glimmer of hope!

[Read, via Edge]

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