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The head of the Japanese Xbox business, Takashi Sensui announced its resignation on Sunday, but will keep working in the games business, this time at the US head office. Xbox officials say that recent poor sales of the gaming consoles did not influence Sensui to resign as the chief of Japans’s Xbox business.
Takashi Sensui’s official position at the Japan Xbox offices was as “interactive entertainment business general”. Microsoft representatives said that the Xbox chief position will not be replaced by someone else, at least not in the near future.
Microsoft official spokesperson said that the Xbox chief Takashi Sensui’s resignation is a part of a global re-organization of the entire Xbox business and it is not related whatsoever with the recent poor sales of Xbox consoles.
Takashi Sensui was made head of Japan’s Xbox business back in 2006, but sales have gone down recently. The main competition, Sony’s Playstation and Nintendo WII gaming consoles are selling much better than the Xbox.
When the new Xbox One was released in September, it didn’t cause the fuss that was expected and fans were less than enthusiastic with the new console. The Xbox One was well received in the United States, though.
Some say the Xbox One has failed both critically and financially due to previous technical glitches, the console’s design and the games it featured.
According to Famitsu, a leading Japanese game magazine, Xbox One sales in Japan did not exceed 40,000 from its release date on September 4 until November 23. On the other hand, Sony’s PlayStation 4 has sold more than 780,000 units since its official release date in February until November.
Sensui was very dissatisfied with the Xbox sales after it was launched in September and said that his goal is to market the console to a wider audience. Sensui said:
“We are also aware that reaching out to let more people know about the Xbox One is vital. However, the current console generation has become very long. We hope to lay out a long-term vision and to focus on publicity for our console.”