Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Microsoft Sold 28% of Xbox 360s in Japanese Stores

Microsoft Corp., the second-largest maker of video game systems, sold 28 percent of Xbox 360 consoles on store shelves in Japan, according to preliminary figures from market researcher Media Create Co.

Microsoft sold 41,817 consoles in the first two days since the Xbox 360 was introduced on Dec. 10 in Japan, Tokyo-based Media Create said in an e-mailed statement late yesterday. The researcher will publish revised figures tomorrow.

``It sounds like a pretty weak start,'' said Eiji Maeda, a video game industry analyst at Daiwa Institute of Research in Tokyo. ``It will be important to watch how sales are in the last week before Christmas.''

The consoles sell for 37,900 yen ($316), excluding tax, and come with a 20-gigabyte external hard disk drive. In the U.S. and Europe, Microsoft offered consoles for the equivalent of $299 without the hard-disk drive and $399 with the drive. Microsoft said it expects to ship 3 million units globally within the first 90 days and 5.5 million units by June. [via Bloomberg.com]

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