Microsoft to launch Xbox 360 Elite in Japan in Oct

TOKYO, July 5 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. MSFT.O said on Thursday it would launch the advanced version of its Xbox 360 game console, Xbox 360 Elite, on Oct. 11 in Japan, a country where sales of its game console lag far behind rival machines from Nintendo Co. Ltd. 7974.OS and Sony Corp. 6758.T.

The new machine, equipped with a 120-gigabyte hard disk drive, will sell for 47,800 yen ($390).

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