Aiming at convincing the Japanese producers and distributors that Xbox 360 is indeed the console of the future, Microsoft organized the Xbox Summit 2005 in Tokyo, right on Sony's turf.
In fact, a large number of the producers Microsoft tried to impress with its new console are renowned for the games developed for Sony, especially for it s PlayStation Portable.
After scoring an important victory by getting Resident Evil 5 to be launched for Xbox
360, Microsoft announced that another important game has become the ally of the next generation console.
Final Fantasy IX is the next title Microsoft and implicitly Xbox 360 have in their lineup; the game was presented during the Xbox Summit 2005 by Hiromichi Tanaka, Square Enix's CEO.
It seems the majority of titles for Xbox 360 produced by the Japanese companies Microsoft signed or hopes to sign an agreement with are scheduled for the spring of 2006, when Play Station 3 is due for launching.
According to Microsoft's strategy, Xbox 360's offensive will consist of releasing games, not of price cuts, a decision intended to shadow Sony's launching.
Although initially it was though that Microsoft will announce at Xbox Summit 2005 the Asian launching date for Xbox 360, there hasn't been any, just some comments according to which, by the end of 2005, Xbox 360 will be in the Asian and European stores. Considering that Microsoft has initially announced that the first launch will take place in the United States, and it will be followed after six weeks by other countries, Xbox 360 might be available in the United States at the beginning of November.