[link|http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-japan-microsoft-xbox0827aug27.story?coll=sns%2Dap%2Dnationworld%2Dheadlines|Microsoft Delays Xbox Sale in Japan] (the URL will change):
August 27, 2001
TOKYO -- Microsoft Corp. is delaying until next year the sale of its Xbox game console in Japan -- the home turf of powerful rivals Sony Corp. and Nintendo Co. -- from the initial plan for a worldwide launch in the fall.
Hirohisa Ohura, managing director of Microsoft's Japan unit, said Monday the
decision to delay sales until Feb. 22 was to concentrate efforts in the United States first, where the machine is set to hit stores Nov. 8 at $299.
Microsoft had said the machine will start selling about the same time worldwide. The European sales date has also been set back until next year.
Microsoft spokeswoman Shoreen Maghame denied any technical problems were behind the Japan delay, saying the decision was more about the "allocation of resources."
There has been some speculation that Xbox has run into technical problems. Earlier this month, analysts at Thomas Weisel Partners reported the motherboard, the main computer part of the Xbox being designed by Intel Corp., has a design flaw.
Microsoft denied the report and said it was on time to ship 600,000 to 800,000 machines for November in the United States.
MS, in the past, was able to weather delays (remember that Win3 was about 3 years late) without problems. The XBox is a different beast...