Although it has escaped the attentions of some (including us, cough), Microsoft also plans to chop the price of Xbox in Japan from 34,800 yen ($271 / £187 / €300) to 24,800 yen ($193 / £133 / €213), returning the country to the position of the cheapest place to buy the console. The price cut will become effective as of 22nd May, but Sony has also said this week that it would allow retailers to begin discounting PlayStation 2 in Japan. Related Feature - The Empire Strikes Back
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