Owner and founder of Rectify Gaming.
The Xbox One X finally releases in less than 24 hours in Japan and across the world. In order to get a better insight on the pre-order situation, the local website Game Watch inquired with pretty much all the major local retailers, including Yodobashi Camera, Bic Camera, Yamada Denki, Nojima and Joshin.
All mentioned that the initial stock of the console is fully sold-out with pre-orders, and there are no plans to have in-store availability on day one. Only Yamada Denki and Bic Camera added the caveat that there could be some units sold in the stores if their pre-orders are canceled. Yamada Denki is also going to accept pre-orders for the next shipment, but the delivery date is still to be determined.
This could mean a couple things: either the Xbox One X is fairly popular in Japan despite the fact that the standard Xbox One was basically ignored by local gamers, or the shipment numbers for the country were very limited.
We’ll have a better understanding of the situation on Wednesday, November 15th, when Media Create will disclose the hardware sale figures for this week.