Japanese gamers are getting Xbox One far later than gamers living in North America and Europe. On the bright side, they'll have a much better collection of games to choose from at launch:
Famitsu reports that when the Xbox One debuts in Japan on September 4th, players will be able to choose from the following games:
Japan will be getting other heavy-hitting titles soon after Xbox One's launch. XB1 titles arriving in Fall 2014 include Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza Horizon 2 and Minecraft Xbox One Edition.
The Xbox One will be offered in three different bundles in Japan. The Day One version will come with Titanfall and Kinect Sports along with the Kinect sensor. Japanese gamers can also purchase the console and Kinect by itself, or just the console.
You have to wonder how differently Xbox One's launch in North America and Europe would've gone if they had these software and hardware options. How many more units would they have sold at launch if Titanfall, the most hyped Xbox One title so far, was available on Day One? Would more gamers have chosen the Xbox One over the PS4 if they could buy a cheaper, Kinect-less bundle last fall?
We have no way of knowing the answer to those questions. Suffice to say, I envy Japanese gamers. They're getting a cheaper Xbox One with better games.
We'll see if the better launch lineup has any impact, though. There's a reason why Microsoft didn't include Japan as one of the Xbox One's launch markets. Xbox consoles generally haven't had much success in that country. Only 1.5 million Xbox 360 consoles were sold in Japan between 2005 and 2011.
Will the Xbox One sell better in Japan than the Xbox 360?