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It is now all but confirmed that Japanese retailers are beginning to phase out the XBOX 360. Poor sales are surely to blame, with games being put in ‘Bargain Bins’ and prices drastically reduced on all Japanese stock. It’s beginning to look a lot like the XBOX 360’s days are numbered in the gaming hub of the world.

As for sales, the 360 sold 1.5 million units in Japan over it’s lifecycle. This may seem like a descent amount, although when you realise that that’s over a 7.5 year life span, you will begin to get the picture. The PS Vita has already shipped between 600 and 700k units in just 3 months of release.

The sad part of the story is, Microsoft invested time and a lot of money into bringing top Japanese titles to this system, and making many of them exclusive. Tales of Vesperia and Star Ocean 4 are both examples of titles that never hit the big time in Japan due to low sales of the system they were designed around.

If you’re Japanese and you own a ‘360 don’t worry, you haven’t got a totally raw end of the stick- games are on sale for as low as 100 yen (1.40 USD). This has basically opened up a world of opportunities for those who don’t own the system yet- cheap system- insanely cheap games. It’s not hard to see why so many gamers are envious of the Japanese.

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What the XBOX '720' will probably not look like...

MCV has received information that the new XBOX will be digital download only. Microsoft have reportedly been contacting developers in regards to their new console NOT including an optical disk drive.

Their unnamed ‘source’ has provided them with the following information:

” …the console will not include a disc drive, it will offer compatibility with some sort of interchangeable solid-state card storage, although it is not known whether this will be proprietary or a more standard format such as SD.”

This is about all we actually know about the new XBOX, but if these rumours prove themselves correct, it will signify a new era in gaming. In a later update on MCV, Microsoft had issued a statement:

“Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend its lifecycle like introducing the world to controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention. Beyond that we do not comment on rumors or speculation.”

By no means are Microsoft denying the existence of such a console, which points to the rumours being true, in my humble opinion. This would almost destroy the retail games market and retailers such as EB Games and GAME may even go out of business. While this new technology would be descent in countries with high-speed internet, it would be all but useless in regions with basic ADSL connections. I also struggle to see why Microsoft and some developers strive to destroy the very market that they have been selling to in years gone by- it makes little sense.
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