Xbox 360 “Now Worth Only $5”


Japanese game shops, lately burdened by a huge surplus of unwanted Xbox 360s they cannot sell, are now offering to buy used Xboxes for a paltry ¥500.

One shop explains their decision:

“We’re buying Core 360s for ¥500… A lot of places won’t buy them at all, you see.”

“We’ll buy Arcades for ¥3000… Elites sell for more.”

Most shops will also have nothing to do with older models.

Reportedly there are Xbox 360 owners actually willing to sell their units at this price.

It would appear Microsoft’s withdrawal from the Japanese market is not far off.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:39 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh man i would like one that cheap.......just to see it RROD!!! lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:43 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hmm it looks lik the Xbox will soon become worthless...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Hmm it looks lik the Xbox will soon become worthless in Japan.


    Comment by Anonymous
    02:46 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Next time: Xbox used as a target practice at a range.
    There was one time someone used a Spas-12 to blast the Xbox lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:30 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    All according to plan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "It would appear Microsoft’s withdrawal from the Japanese market is not far off."

    Good. I've been saying that Microsoft should just get out of the Japanese market for a couple of years now. Microsoft honestly doesn't need Japan for the XBOX to be successful, and anyone that thinks they do is deluding themselves. Does Japan need the west to be successful with anime and manga? Heck no, they make most of their money off their own people. Games are no different.

    If you want a direct example, take for instance Mass Effect 2, which is guaranteed to sell mountains of copies on the 360, which will in-turn make Bioware, EA, and Microsoft even more wealthy, all without Japan's help. Does Japan care about Mass Effect? Hell no, Japan hates those rag tag, toe rag, piece of shit western RPGs.

    It's a shame, but people have to face the reality that most Japanese gamers have no reason to reciprocate; The love many of us have for Japanese games is a one-way street.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    06:46 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, it seems like the Japanese animation industry is floundering. There's a reason for producing such vapid, half-assed rehashery like Dragon Ball Kai, and that reason's the American dollar.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    10:57 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please do elaborate. Are you referring to how the world economy is still recovering ? or...the japanese supposably producing things while aiming at an american dollar? Because as far as anime is concerned, the latter is obviously not true.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    05:23 22/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tha latter isn't an all-encompassing problem, but it most definitely IS an issue. Anime adaptations of manga series have always been dumbed down because of differences in the target demographics, but what has happened with Kai and most probably also Naruto is clearly due to Japanese animation producers taking too much into consideration overseas' sales numbers. And make no mistake: the big bucks comes from those shows, not the (generally sick) stuff Arte comments here, no matter how much "air cut, sell uncut" business logic is applied to those shows.

    If the Japanese animation industry manages to break free of the moeblob, content-free garbage, we will probably start to see more and more gratuitiously, overly dumbed-down shonen and maybe even supposedly seinen series, whenever the next Cowboy Bebop shows up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:18 23/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    But the Japanese do like certain Western RPGs. Oblivion and Fallout 3, for example, are relatively popular in Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:20 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love how I got thumbs down on this post... What's the matter guys? Too much reality for you?

    I've read posts that claim that playing the xenophobic card is wrong and points to the success of devices like the ipod as proof. While posts like that are certainly true, they don't go far enough into WHY the ipod is successful in Japan. It appears that the ipod is successful becuase when a Japanese consumer buys one, they are presented with Japense itunes content and they are able to take their Japanese music collection and load it onto the device, thus making it a Japanese experience.
    When a Japanese gamer walks into a game store to look at the xbox isle, if the first game he sees is something like Madden or Army of Two, he will likely turn around and run as fast as he can. Honestly guys... Tell me how I'm wrong.

    In my mind Microsoft or any other company (Apple perhaps?) can solve this whole problem by totally isolating the markets and then letting each side chose what titles they want to cross the boundary. If a Japanese publisher picks up an American title and it fails, they have only themselves to blame. Likewise, if an American or Japanese company wishes to publish a Japanese title in North America or Europe, it will be their choice. More isolation of the markets would solve issues of turning off gamers with American content.

    The challenge to this would be convincing Japanese developers to develop entirely Japanese content for the system. You would have to convince them that the system is powerful, easy to develop for, and not tainted by the stench of American games.

    Honestly. If the Japanese are given a chunk of brilliant hardware to work with and top-shelf support, what would they be able to complain about?

    It's either this model, or get out of the Japanese market. I don't see any other way.

    If this marketing model failed and people still refused to buy the system despite piles of great 100% Japanese content, then something else is going on that needs to be studied.

    Again, rather than spamming thumbs downs, why don't you fine people actually come up with some constructive criticism.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:22 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    what is quality and what does it do?

    Anyway why support a market that CONSISTS on fking the consumers over time and time again?

    Despite there being a high percentage of idiots in the world...mainly known as amerikkkans, those that only soil the good name the american people focused so hard on, promote such retarded bs.

    Yet again. The xbox 360's failure in japan is due to it's own demise. Not only in japan eventually everywhere else. Despite the blind ignorant fanboys supporting it. Shits getting old.

    You know if Microsoft was willing to spend money on marketing...they should have also invested some of that in quality. In which...they would have dominated the market. Yet...that's why microsoft is a business and why there's not even a handful of quality games on that piece of shit paperweight.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:27 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wahahaha nice picture.

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    Comment by Riiku
    01:15 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ugly ass characters of Xbox fame, on par with FACELESS hero of thousands of americans (what was his name? chief somthing?), did their part

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:06 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where can I import one?

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    Comment by El Chaos
    06:34 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ... I'm sorry, but I don't get your point.

    If I revert the selection of "adventure" games to encompass all games of both systems, I get that Japanese 360 owners are very interested (or something, I can't read the sorting criteria) in End of Eternity, Stein;Gate and Dragon Rising, while PS3 owners piss themselves all over the place for Final Fantasy XIII, Ar Tonelico 3 and "non-beta" Star Ocean 4.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have personally worked at a video game store here in America for a while. What kills me is that there is a want for the foreign market games, but the want is limited to a select amount of people. This includes myself. As of current though, the only possible ways to fulfill this demand is to either purchase off ebay, Game/ Anime conventions, torrents, or other websites like playasia. In the last several years, of course the X360 outsold the PS3. This was due not only to the initial PS3 price but also the available game choices.

    IN MY OPINION, the 360 is a dying/ dead system due to its poor manufacturing and companies business logic. YES, it had some great features. Yes it had a lot of games. Microsoft messed up though, "even admitting to it", by stating themselves that all 360 are doomed to fail. Providing an addition 3 year warranty is nice and all, but why as a company, do you need to do such a thing if your product would have worked correctly in the first place?!! Sony got it right and what they didn't they improved on. Ultimately, the goal is to generate a system that can offer something for everyone, be reliable, and not break the piggy bank. Sony did this to the best of their abilities and will prob do it again in the future.

    I personally own both the 360 and PS3, and feel both have pro's and con's. I will also say that I have had one of each system die on me. The X360 RROD and the PS3 received the ever terrifying yellow light of death. There was no joy in either circumstance. I thankfully had a warranty on each system through my company thus did not have to pay to get a new ones. What sucks though is that state side the choices for the PS3 are lacking due to the want of AMERICANIZED games/ games that meet our f'en harsh filter and rating systems. I would love to have many japanese titles hit the states, but our censorship system wont allow it.

    Hell, was it not 2008 when they put an individual here in the states in jail for ordering several doujin from Japan. Upon hitting stateside, the mail service opened his package, found the doujins, and arrested him for ordering and obtain pornographic material of children. To this i stated WHAT THE F*** is wrong with our country! When did any form of manga or animation become real people? When did individuals loss their freedom and rights? Seriously!When can we get an f'en reform of the government and stop trying to make every issue and conflict of the world our own.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:19 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, seeing rare comments that worth more than the article itself is kinda like finding a pearl in a pile of goo. Thanks for the info, bro.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    06:58 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The reason for many launch and first year Xbox 360 consoles having severe hardware failures early on in their lifetime, and the Xbox 360 itself not being steamrolled by Sony's ruthless, baseless hype over the PlayStation 3 is one and the same; Microsoft released it too soon.

    That's right, they spear-headed the seventh generation of consoles just so Sony wouldn't have a chance to outsell them almost 6 to 1 (according to Wikipedia) like they did with the PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox. And, to a large extent, they accomplished their main objective of turning into a major player in the industry. To an absurd, borderline consumer-insulting cost, but they succeeded.

    Otherwise yeah, this entire thing has become too huge of a business, and the same reason why Microsoft resorted to doing that is behind many Japanese games not getting released in America or Europe.

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    Comment by dukemagus
    01:06 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    kinda lame question but... is that possible to import a $5 x360 from japan? it is said in the news that someone is actually willing to re-sell an used xbox on this price...

    any problem on using it on the rest of the world? (region lock?)

    it may have lots of different opinions but still it is an intresting console with some multimedia capabilities... even if the price gets ten times higher with the import taxes, it worth the effort.

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    Comment by Myballz
    08:38 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because Xbox 360 doesn't have a services where you can Download Adult Videos for 800 points thats why the Japanese won't buy the Xbox 360 It doesn't have porn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:42 21/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't even buy this shit for $1.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:01 21/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is it surprising? I think not. Till the day Xbox will actually be able to match up to the PS.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:15 21/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this article reeks of bullshit...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:58 21/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So does you and your mom. How the fuck are you still in denial thinking that the xbox 360 would worth anything? Who the hell would buy a used 360? Dumb fucks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:51 21/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    win, and totally agree lol freaking microsoft

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 21/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is an awesome japanese action game for the first-gen Xbox. It is "Metal Wolf Chaos" from "From Software", one of the hidden gems.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:41 22/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most 360-owning Japanese would only sell the system off to trade up to a newer and more reliable model. Japanese don't buy a system like the 360 on a whim. They buy a 360 because they know they want one. And since no one wants to buy a used 360 (for obvious reasons), these game shops end up with a surplus of old, unreliable systems they can't sell. Since their storage space is limited, they have no choice but to discourage any more trade-ins by offering so little for them.

    I wouldn't be surprised if most of the 360 hate posted on 2ch and the like originates from the workers and owners of these shops. It wouldn't make much sense otherwise since there's no such thing as an Xbox fanboy in Japan, so why else would they waste their time in attacking a group that doesn't exist and a console with such tiny marketshare unless it was somehow personal? Something like 99% of 360 owners in Japan also own a PS3, so there's only Nintendo fanboys, Sony fanboys, and multiconsole owners.

    Microsoft isn't going to ditch Japan. They've sold quite a few more 360's there in 2009 than they did in 2008. The 360 is still selling like 5,000 units a week on average, despite not having any major releases for weeks or months at a time. The average weekly sales have stabilized at that amount ever since the release of ToV. Before ToV, the 360 had been selling at something like 2,500 a week or less on average since it launched there. Demand for the system is still there (for brand new ones), and it's growing.

    And "youge" have little to nothing to do with it. In Japan, 99% of "youge" sell far better on the PS3 than on the 360. The only reasons a Japanese person would want a 360 is for the shoot'em ups, dating sims/visual novels, and other exclusives (and games that multiplat games that just run/look way better on the 360, like Bayonetta). The 360 is the de-facto current-gen console for the former two groups. The cheap price of the console is a factor too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:58 13/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    epic fail computer gaming beats all

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    Comment by Sanity
    21:50 21/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Strangly $5 turns the Failbox into a sort of want from do not want.

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    Comment by shikakucomplex
    22:54 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Dirty_Dingus008
    10:42 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ~ “We’re buying Core 360s for ¥500… A lot of places won’t buy them at all, you see.”
    ~ “We’ll buy Arcades for ¥3000… Elites sell for more.”


    This shop will buy core systems for ¥500.. but buy arcades and elites for ¥3000+? The shop admits they have new 360 they can't sell, so why the flip do they even want used ones too? It's weird that the cost of the HDD pumps up the price because that's the only reason I can figure to the dramatic difference btw all those systems.

    Again though.. Why?!

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    10:52 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow. How far the mighty have fallen (in japan anyway).

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:49 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Business-wise, the Japanese gaming market is rumored to have been shrinking anyway, MS should just try their best in Japan but not worry too much about it. Pretty soon Japan will be a tertiary market behind the USA and Europe anyway. Japanese companies will start moving towards designing games for foreign markets too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:57 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan's has been behind the US and Europe for years, and it has been falling further behind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:10 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know what I'm getting this weekend!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:10 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Time to import and mod!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:58 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like my 360 (not as good exclusives as the PS3, but multiplatform games are generally better on the 360), but man, did Microsoft ever drop the ball with that Red Ring of Death problem. Just a few days ago, I had to send it in a second time for repairs. Meanwhile, my Sega Master System is still chugging along just fine.

    Anyways, speaking from a neutral point of view, Microsoft shouldn't bother pushing the 360 any more in Japan. Even with exclusives like Idolmaster and Dream Club, it never seemed to grab the Japanese gaming public like it did in North America and to a lesser extent in Europe (though even there PS3 sales have recently surpassed 360 sales).

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:41 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And now 360 owners are crying about it.

    19:58 19/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want one, SERIOUSLY.

    At least this is a lot times better than the VirtualBoy (no, not the GBA emulator).

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    Comment by No Comment
    05:05 21/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I liked the VirtualBoy. I only had two games for it though, Mario Clash and 3D Tetris, but they were fun. I especially liked the puzzle mode in 3D Tetris.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:56 19/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's actually VisualboyAdvance

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like how people rate me down(maidNiac) even though I'm right, more proof the rating system is broken.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:45 19/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this way, if it RROD, you only spent $5!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:00 19/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    so many illiterates thinking they can get a $5 xbox...
    they are BUYING them that low, not selling. now their selling price will no doubt be cheaper than normal, but definitely not $5...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:53 19/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the fact that they are buying them at that price, really does show it's value in the market though...

    it's probably a combination of hardware troubles, very strict genre of titles and all the bad word of mouth

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    Comment by cipher3
    22:33 19/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    if a lot of them are buying at that price that means there are at least some sellers as well

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:52 19/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol where do you get your sources?

    sony fanboys are the worst. i hope you know this doesn't stop MS from dominating over the PS3 in the US. ps3 will die before the xbox360 does.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:44 20/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hhahahaha, I somehow doubt that... you are not taking into account the 360's most coveted, exclusive feature!
    RRoD... 360's suck so bad that they try to take their own life every time they get a chance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:29 21/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's all the PS3 fanboys argue about. Fine, there you have it.

    360 sucks because:

    PS3 sucks because:
    Lack of games.
    Comes out with games years old from the 360 and puts a new price tag on it, Sony fanboys buy it. LOL

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:42 19/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    But... who cares about the US?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:45 19/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    but losing a country still sucks

    and the PS3 is doing just fine in the US, EU and JP markets now

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