Ever since its launch, the Xbox One has been a complete disaster in terms of sales in Japan. In an interview with Famitus, Phil Spencer explains why and outlines his strategy.
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After launching the PlayStation TV in Japan in 2013, and in other markets in late 2014, Sony has now confirmed that it terminated shipments of the device to the US and Europe at the end of last year.
Reports say Sharp's board have agreed for the company to be taken over by Taiwan's Foxconn, bringing an end to years of financial uncertainty and marking one of the largest deals in Japanese history.
After unveiling the 'Phone Biz', its new aluminum-bodied Windows 10 Mobile handset, last week, Japanese company VAIO has said that it does not intend to launch the device in the United States.
Last June it emerged that Microsoft had sold just 100 Xbox Ones in Japan in an entire week. The latest figures show that, last week, it sold just 99, compared with over 25,000 sales of the PS4.
Electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn has allegedly offered $5.1 billion to purchase Japanese tech company Sharp. The bid comes after reports of Sharp's failed attempts to earn revenue.
Trend Micro has detected a malvertising campaign against web users in Japan. It turns out that the ads were using a certificate issued by Let's Encrypt. The ads led to sites which would infect PCs.
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Freetel, a Japanese -based OEM, has announced their Windows Mobile 10 offering slated for release on Nov 30, the Katona 01. The low-end device will cost just $105 at current exchange rates.
Yamada Denki has announced its latest Windows 10 Mobile device named 'Every Phone', which offers reasonable hardware specifications and features in a thin, sleek casing to those in Japan.
Following Microsoft's October 6th event debuting the Lumia 550, 950 and 950 XL, a new batch of Windows 10 Mobile handsets have made their debut in Japan.
Sony has announced an official price cut for its PlayStation 4, which means buyers will pay around 12.5% less for it from October 1 - but so far, the reduced price has only been confirmed for Japan.
Style and natural functionality is the focus for Sony's new smartwatch 'Wena Wrist' as it becomes available on the company's crowdfunding platform in Japan.
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The Xbox One has never had a good day when it comes to sales in Japan. Despite this, Microsoft is still not giving up and believes that Windows 10 can help boost sales in the country.
According to data from last week, Microsoft sold just 100 units of the Xbox One in Japan, accounting for just 0.1% of console sales. The PS4 maintained a respectable position with 16.1% of sales.
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According to industry sources, Samsung is considering abandoning the Japanese phone market altogether after its Note Edge handset failed to garner interest and marketshare plummeted.
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As promised, Sony has now launched its PlayStation 4 console in its home country of Japan, bringing the total number of markets for the next-gen gaming machine to 54 countries and territories.
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Microsoft is promoting its Surface tablet in Japan by sponsoring a new short Ghost in the Shell: Arise anime film where the tablet is being used extensively by its characters.
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