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Japanese Retailers Phasing out Xbox360?


Leading Japanese games retailers have reportedly confirmed plans to phase out support for Xbox 360.

According to Edge, Japanese Xbox 360 hardware sales year-to-date are down 46.7% to 72,721 units (about a tenth of PS3’s total), causing many Japanese stockists to contemplate dropping Microsoft’s console altogether.

The site says: “Geo, the nation’s largest specialist retailer, is drastically scaling back its Xbox 360 business.”

“Staff at electronics retailer Yamada Denki in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, confirmed that the company is removing hardware and software from the majority of its stores nationwide, and is selling off its remaining stock at a heavy discount.”

“In Tokyo’s smaller, specialist stores, Xbox 360 consoles and games are beginning to appear in bargain bins, or ‘wagon sales’. Games can be had for as little as 100 (79p), with one store selling the Halo: Reach hardware bundle for 9,980 (£79.30).”

The site goes on to suggest Microsoft may have trouble convincing Japanese retailers to stock and prominently display an Xbox 360 successor following the console’s poor performance in the market. In June, after five-and-a-half years of availability, Japanese Xbox 360 sales hit 1.5 million.