Officials from Microsoft Japan have announced a 13 percent price cut for the 360, with the premium version dropping from ¥39,795 ($348) to ¥34,800 ($304). The Core version of the console, without a hard drive, will drop from ¥29,800 ($261) to ¥27,800 ($243).
Announced on the official Japanese website
, and translated by an Associated Press report
, a new bundle has also been created for the Premium model. The new Value Pack adds Viva Piñata
and Forza Motorsport 2
but includes a component rather than HDMI cable.
Although Xbox 360 sales have lagged behind both the Wii and PlayStation 3 in Japan, since launch the release of Halo 3
has seen hardware sales increase in recent weeks.
Although a more than threefold increase in sales has still failed to see the console outsell the PlayStation 3, sales have continued to rise
after Halo 3
’s release, with stock even become sold out for a brief time.