Head of Xbox One Japan resigns following poor performance in the region
In the wake of the poor sales of Xbox One in Japan, Takashi Sensui, the head of Xbox in Japan, has resigned from his post. He’s still with Microsoft, but he’ll be moved to the US headquarters where he will work as the general manager for Interactive Entertainment Business.
Microsoft’s Xbox One didn’t perform as good as the company may have expected in Japan following its launch in September. The console has shifted 38,461 units since its launch in Japan, performing worse than the Xbox 360 and the original Xbox in Japan. What’s even more surprising is the majority of units sold — 23,562 units to be exact — were sold in the first four days of launch. Comparatively, the Xbox 360 sold double the amount of consoles in Japan in the same time period when it launched in 2005.
The Xbox One launch is one of the worst console launches in Japan in recent times, selling way below the Wii U and the PlayStation 4, which managed to sell 308,000 and 322,000 in the first two days.Further reading: Gaming, Microsoft, Xbox One