15th September 2005, 04:53 AM
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: San Francisco
Houston, We Have A Date
As you're reading this, Microsoft's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference has already started, but here we are spilling the beans on the details everyone in attendance is just finding finding out about. How cool is that?
Right off, the US launch date. We've speculated Microsoft would aim for a Thanksgiving launch and we were right; Xbox 360 will arrive Tuesday, November 22, just two days ahead of the holiday. Surprisingly enough, the company's keeping on track with their worldwide roll out; the machine will hit Europe on December 2, Japan on December 11.
Microsoft's also announcing at the conference that right at this very moment, Xbox 360s are already in production to meet the worldwide demand during the holiday season. We still don't know what to expect in terms of launch numbers, but don't look for those specifics until closer to launch, maybe even at X05.
Even though they're deep in enemy territory, Microsoft remains amped about Xbox 360. "This holiday season, gamers in Japan, Europe and North America pining to experience jaw-dropping high-definition graphics, unmatched online play and compelling digital entertainment features of Xbox 360 will finally have the chance," says Robbie Bach, chief Xbox officer at Microsoft.
Seeing as how it's Tokyo Game Show, though, the company's focusing on their overseas efforts. In addition to confirming a launch price of 37,900 YEN (almost $350 USD) for Xbox 360, Microsoft's predictably avoiding a dual SKU launch in the land of the rising sun. Japan will receive one version of Xbox 360 loaded with the removable 20GB HD, wireless controller, an media remote control, an headset, an ethernet cable, batteries and a component HD-AV cable.
Screw the hardware, though - what about the games? Microsoft's probably holding back some announcements to surprise folks at the conference, but over 40 publishers have already committed to supporting Xbox 360 in Japan, and we'll start seeing the fruits of that labor during the Tokyo Game Show in the form of this lineup:
* (eM)-eNCHANT-arM (FromSoftware)
* Bomberman - Act Zero (Hudson Soft)
* Call of Duty 2 (Activision)
* CHROMEHOUNDS (Sega)
* Dead Rising (Capcom)
* Dynasty Warriors 5 Special (Koei)
* Everyparty (Microsoft Game Studios)
* Far East of Eden - Ziria (Hudson Soft)
* Final Fantasy XI (Square Enix)
* Frame City Killer (Namco)
* Gears of War (Microsoft Game Studios)
* Kameo: Elements of Power (Microsoft Game Studios)
* Mobile Suit Gundam (tentative title) (Bandai)
* Need for Speed Most Wanted (Electronic Arts)
* Ninety-Nine Nights (Microsoft Game Studios)
* The Outfit (THQ)
* Project Gotham Racing 3 (Microsoft Game Studios)
* Resident Evil 5 (Capcom)
* Ridge Racer 6 (Namco)
* Rumble Roses XX (tentative title) (Konami)
* Shutoku Battle (tentative title) (Genki Co. Ltd.)
* Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega)
* Saint's Row (THQ)
* Test Drive Unlimited (Atari Inc.)
* Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (Ubisoft Entertainment)
* World Air Force (tentative title) (Taito Corp.)
* Wrestle Kingdom (Yukes)
That doesn't count some of the surprises we're sure to see on the show floor itself, but chances are most of Microsoft's aces will come out during the conference itself. 1UP has several editors in attendance, so stay tuned for the latest bombshells as they appear.