Xbox 360 Now Cheapest Console in Japan


Xbox Japan manager Takashi Sensui has announced price cuts for all versions of the Xbox 360, making it the cheapest game console in the country.

Taking the stage at a Microsoft media event in Tokyo, Sensui stated that lower-priced Xbox 360s would be available nationwide September 11.

The Xbox 360 Arcade console, lacking a hard drive, will be 19,800 yen, approximately $182, a significant drop from its previous 27,800 yen price. By comparison, the Wii retails for 25,000 yen.

A fresh Japan-only 60 gigabyte SKU will debut at 29,000 yen ($275), replacing the 20 gigabyte model that sold for 34,800 yen ($320). The Elite package is 39,800 yen ($367), an $80 discount.

Microsoft promises to restock Japan’s empty 360 shelves by September 11, the same day Square Enix and Tri-Ace release an Xbox 360-exclusive role-playing game, Infinite Undiscovery.

Australia received similar cuts, changing the prices of 360 consoles to $349 for the Arcade unit, $499 for the Pro pack and $649 for the Elite system.

Additionally, most 360-related peripherals received $20 to $30 drops, including the headset, media remote, wireless steering wheel, network adapter and 120 gigabyte hard drive.


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