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Xbox 360 Release Dates Confirmed - Possible Shortages Speculated
posted by: Chris Martin
publisher: Microsoft Games Studios
date posted: 07:20 PM Thu Sep 15th, 2005
last revision: 12:37 PM Thu Sep 15th, 2005

Click to read.September 15, 2005 - Today we learn of Microsoft\'s deadly plague of robot rats that will swarm the world and make you all purchase Microsoft FrontPage. No, not really. But Microsoft has announced that the global release dates for the Xbox 360 are Tuesday November 22 in North America, Friday December 2 in Europe, and Saturday December 10 in Japan.

\"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,\" said Robbie Bach, chief Xbox officer for Microsoft. \"Renowned development studios around the world are busy putting the finishing touches on their Xbox 360 games. We expect a strong portfolio of titles on launch day and through the holidays that will appeal to fans of every genre and gamers in every region, and with more than 200 games currently in development, continuous new additions to the library are on the way.\"

Never before has a console recieved so quick a worldwide launch in so short a time. Though staggered, the Xbox 360\'s launch will likely break industry records. We\'ve also learned from reliable, though annonymous, sources that a number of retail stores have been instructed to stop taking special orders once they reach a certain number. This is likely because of a predicted lack of Xbox 360 consoles the day of launch in North America. This is not too unlikely given the press and near-fanatic fanbase the console is gathering.

As far as games go, the Tokyo Game Show marks the first time that consumers will be able to experience the power of Xbox 360 firsthand. A number of key titles will be on display at the Xbox 360 booth:

\"(eM)-eNCHANT-arM\" (FromSoftware Inc.)
\"Bomberman - Act Zero\" (Hudson Soft Co. Ltd.)
\"Call of Duty? 2\" (Activision Inc.)
\"Dead Rising\" (Capcom)
\"Dynasty Warriors 5 Special\" (Koei Co. Ltd.)
\"Everyparty\" (Microsoft Game Studios
\"Far East of Eden - Ziria\" (Hudson Soft)
\"FINAL FANTASY XI\" (Square Enix Co. Ltd.)
\"Frame City Killer\" (Namco)
\"Gears of War\" (Microsoft Game Studios)
\"Kameo?: Elements of Power?\" (Microsoft Game Studios)
\"Mobile Suit Gundam\" (tentative title) (Bandai Co. Ltd.)
\"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\" (Yuke\'s Co. Ltd.)

Microsoft also announced Japanese pricing of Xbox 360. Japanese gamers looking for the ultimate digital entertainment thrill ride and best value right out of the box may purchase an Xbox 360 system, which comes fully loaded with a 20GB detachable Xbox 360 Hard Drive for storing music, video and games, an Xbox 360 Wireless Controller, an Xbox 360 Media Remote control, an Xbox 360 Headset, a Component HD-AV Cable for connecting to component and composite television inputs, an Ethernet cable, and batteries, at 37,900 JPY.

We\'ll have more soon.

Geek tested. Mother approved.

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