The first customer to buy Microsoft Corp's Xbox 360 video game console at a store smiles as he shows off the product on an early morning in Tokyo December 10, 2005. Xbox 360 is the first next-generation game machine to enter the Japanese market, putting the world's biggest software maker at an advantage versus competitors Sony and Nintendo Co, which plan to launch their latest consoles next year.
Microsoft Corp.'s new Xbox 360 video game console got a lukewarm welcome in Japan on its debut weekend with fans buying fewer than half the games available in stores, a market researcher said Tuesday.
Microsoft, which started selling the Xbox 360 in Japan on Saturday, is trying to break into the world's second-largest video game market and challenge the longtime dominance of Sony Corp.'s PlayStation. Read more