Why Won't Japanese Gamers Buy The Xbox 360?

Enterbrain, publisher of Japanese gaming mag Famitsu, has polled its readers as to why they don't buy the Xbox 360. You know, the reasons why.

Here is the breakdown:

• Worried about its future 35.71 percent • Price is high 7.14 percent • No games I want to play 3.57 percent • Other reasons 53.57 percent

What were some of those other reasons? "I'm holding back from buying," said a 35-year-old man, "because it seems like new hardware is coming out." Another 35-year-old man stated, "It has a bad image because of that over 30 percent failure rate back when the console first launched." Other reasons included things like because it uses DVD and the very blunt "I have a PS3."

XBOX360が買われない理由は「将来性の不安から」とのこと [はちま起稿]


    I like that 'very blunt "I have a PS3"' bit. I won't get one because of that very fact. Sure Gears of War is a great game, as were Halo and Halo 2 (Halo 3, not so much), and I've yet to play Gears of War 2, but that's beside the point. If you're only getting a console for no other reason than it has a few exclusives you can't get on a PS3, it's not worth it. At least I can use my PS3 as a Blu-Ray player when I don't feel like playing games.

    If great JRPG'S were to come out 360-exclusively, i'm sure Japanese Gamers would quickly transcend to buy a 360.

    e.g. Tales of Vesperia causing the 360 to be sold out when it was released

      @Evz: You mean exclusives that actually REMAIN exclusives and not timed ones.. I can personally sympathise w/ the people going "I Have PS3" and "Worried about its future". So far not only has a majority of JRPG's originally claimed to be exclusive for the console eventually been ported to PS3, the ports also tend to have additional content, characters and endings (Tales of Vesperia also being the most recent culprit)

      In a market where you're not even sure if the "Exclusive" not only sticks.. but later on find out your missing out on additional content after a port... well you start having second thoughts =P

    Mind you, the 'I have a PS3' response is likely a tiny portion of the responses made. Also note the • No games I want to play 3.57 percent

    Only 3.57%!! MS isn't getting their software wrong. Its something else that's going wrong. What is wrong I am guessing is that, the Japanese are too damn proud to buy them American products over products of their own.

    Yeah i got a ps3 too, I mainly just don't like associating with the 360 fanboys. The only gamers at school are 360 fanboys who only play halo and cod4 and they're all wankers. Don't get me wrong, its a great console... But i have a pc.

    Pc, 360. Both ownned by the same. They port games to it and i prefer the mouse and keyboard and i jsut plain like my stunnying graphics..

    -My part, Chris

    Im pretty sure the real reason is that they know the "exclusives" arn't really exclusives and the real experience will come out on the PS3 later. this also adds to the point why 35% said they worried about the future.

      You're right, PS3 games always provide the real experience. Virtua Fighter had online play on... oh, that was 360. And they had exclusive DLC for... oops, 360 as well.

      Don't get me wrong here, I'm not trying to say 360 is better. The point I'm making is that it goes both ways. If it takes longer to release on one console than another, of course the latter is likely to be a refined experience.

      But this shouldn't be a fanboy debate about which console is better, because it's not (and neither one is "better" anyway). A big part of it is that the Sony brand is more well-known and trusted in Japan and PlayStation is the popular console to have.

      Xbox is a relatively new and unproven product in the grand scheme of things. It's caught on well in the West - maybe because it's a Western product, maybe not - it hasn't quite caught on yet in Japan. Whether it ever does or not aside, I'm not sure the reasons for it's current progress offer much in the way of interesting insight.

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