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Microsoft Xbox 360 and the Blu-ray rumor

7 05 2008

Microsoft and Blu-Ray

The rumours surfing around the web that Blu-ray will be introduced to the Xbox 360 can now be put to rest.

Microsoft officially released a statement regarding the issue, here’s what they said:

As we have stated, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-ray drive for Xbox 360. Games are what drive consumers to purchase game consoles, and we remain focused on providing the largest library of blockbuster games available.

So, for now, it appears that Xbox 360 will not be seeing Blu-ray, ever!

Micrsoft increasing the number of games in Japan

12 12 2007

Despite struggling in its attempts to win Japanese gamers over to their next-gen console, Microsoft Japan is currently working on doubling the number of games that they will release in Japanese stores.

According to Takashi Sensui, Microsoft Japan’s executive officer, the new titles may include a sequel to the Xbox 360 RPG Blue Dragon, which may mean that Japanese gamers will indeed get more RPGs in the near future.

Microsoft Japan announce Xbox 360 pricecut

22 10 2007

Microsoft Japan ahve announced in a press release saying that the Xbox 360 will be receiving a  price cut come November 1.

While the console is experiencing success in Europe and North America, it is no secret that it’s having a hard time keeping pace with Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Accordingly, Microsoft Japan will be slashing off a total of 4,995 Yen (US$ 43.86) to the Xbox 360 itself bringing the price down to just 34,800 Yen or roughly US$ 305.57. Likewise, the Core System will also be getting a 2,000 Yen (US$ 17.56) price cut. Consumers can purchase the Core System package on November 1 for just 27,800 Yen (US$ 244).