It seems that the Xbox 360 is being phased out, all be it over in Japan. Leading Japanese retailers have confirmed plans to finish support for the Microsoft built console.
According to Edge total sales of the 360 in Japan fell by 47.6% to just 72,721 units (which put in perspective is around a tenth of total PS3 sales in the same year). This has of course caused concern for Japanese 360 retailers.
The Edge site said the following, “Geo, the nation’s largest specialist retailer, is drastically scaling back its Xbox 360 business, and 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).”
It gets worse as it seems Microsoft are struggling to convince retailers in Japan to stock the Xbox 360’s successor before it is even released.
Only this June did the Xbox 360 reach 1.5 million sales in Japan, that’s based on it’s 5 and a half year lifespan.