The Xbox One finally came to Japan in September 2014, almost 10 months after it arrived in the US and Europe. And at midnight opening around the country the people generally... didn't care a jot.
Since then, sales have been mediocre with less than 40,000 units sold in the first two months of release. This performance directly led to the resignation of the local Xbox boss Takashi Sensui as the company saw worse results than the launch of either the Xbox 360 or original Xbox.
A few months on and things haven't really improved, even across the critical Christmas season where the PS4 sold almost a million units and the Xbox One less than 50,000 for the whole year. For some Japanese retailers, enough was enough, with a store deciding to sell off their Microsoft stock at half price just to clear more space for stuff that sells.
According to Dualshockersthe sale included all software, hardware and accessories and, despite sub-freezing temperatures, Xbox One consoles were sold out in a single morning. So it seems Japanese gamers are interested in the Xbox One, provided the price is right. Maybe its time for Microsoft to sit up and take notice.