Japan to get PS4 Feb. 22nd; will launch PS Vita 2000 October 10th

While Sony will launch the PlayStation 4 in the U.S. on November 15th and in Europe on November 29th, gamers in Sony's home country of Japan will have to wait a while longer before getting their hands on the next generation game console.

In a press conference in Japan that was live streamed by Sony, the company revealed that the PS4 will make its Japanese debut on February 22nd, 2014. This will be the first time a PlayStation console will be launched in the U.S. and Europe before it is sold in Japan. Sony claimed the reason for the delay was that they wanted to make sure that the PS4 launch titles that were made in the western part of the world were all localised for Japan prior to their release.

Unlike the U.S. version, Sony will offer two launch editions for the PS4 in Japan. One will be sold without the PS Eye camera for 38,980 yen (about $390). The other will include the camera for 43,980 yen ($440). The first shipments of the console in Japan will also include a download code for a free game, Knack.

During the same press conference, Sony revealed a new version of its PS Vita portable console, the PS Vita 2000. Sony claims it is 15 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than the current PS Vita. It also exchanges its OLED display for an LCD screen, which Sony says will extend the battery life of the console by another hour, bringing its total life to about six hours.

Other changes include an internal 1GB memory card and an Micro USB port. As you can see in the image above, the PS Vita 2000 will come in a variety of colors. It will go on sale in Japan October 10th with WiFi support for 18,980 yen ($190). No mention was made of a version with 3G wireless hardware. Sony has not announced plans to sell the PS Vita 2000 in other parts of the world.

Finally, Sony announced the PS Vita TV, a small device that allows PS Vita games to be played on a big screen TV, either through the console or with a DualShock 3 controller. It also supports remote play for the PS4 and can even act as a video streaming service. It will launch in Japan in November for 9,480 yen ($95). Again, there's no word on if this add-on will go on sale elsewhere.

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*blows off the dust* The model I bought when it was first released is 1001. So it sort of makes sense that the 2nd version is 2000.

I laughed at the name too.
The numbering convention doesn't matter, you still would avoid putting 2000 in a product name, especially a trendy technological product.

3 ...2 ...1 ...0 ...hmmmmm.

Ok, I'm not seeing all the ones that knocked MS around when they delayed the launch of their console in other markets posting any comments. Thus this thread is not generating enough comments. Sad. LOL

Edited by RommelS, Sep 9 2013, 2:28pm :

I'm not one who "knocked MS" but one minor difference between the two situations is that MS is still trying to penetrate Japan while Sony will have very little trouble selling the PS4 there. Sony apparently doesn't think it will have enough games at launch that will appeal to Japanese gamers, so they're willing to wait 3 months? Who knows. 3 months in the grand scheme (7-10 year life span) of things is a minor inconvenience at best.

ozzy76 said,
I'm not one who "knocked MS" but one minor difference between the two situations is that MS is still trying to penetrate Japan while Sony will have very little trouble selling the PS4 there. Sony apparently doesn't think it will have enough games at launch that will appeal to Japanese gamers, so they're willing to wait 3 months? Who knows. 3 months in the grand scheme (7-10 year life span) of things is a minor inconvenience at best.

Well aware of MS' situation in Japan. However, try telling that to the Japanese live audience at the Tokyo Game Show that literally groan in frustration when Sony announced the release date. See how they will feel with what you will say.

Which brings us to this, if the US gamers didn't see the big picture of what MS was trying to bring to the table with XONE, do you really think that PS4 fans in Japan would really see what Kawano explanation on the delay? Some are probably stating that the games should already been localized.

Again, my point is, where are the people that knocked MS around here when they delayed the released of XONE in some markets due to localization?

RommelS said,
Well aware of MS' situation in Japan. However, try telling that to the Japanese live audience at the Tokyo Game Show that literally groan in frustration when Sony announced the release date. See how they will feel with what you will say.

That's because they plan on buying a Playstation. Xbox is still likely not an option for them, as it is more so here in the US.

dead.cell said,

That's because they plan on buying a Playstation. Xbox is still likely not an option for them, as it is more so here in the US.

and this helps in this conversation in what part?

Isn't that the same reaction of the people in Europe when they found out that the launch of the Xbox One was delayed in their countries?

RommelS said,
and this helps in this conversation in what part?

Isn't that the same reaction of the people in Europe when they found out that the launch of the Xbox One was delayed in their countries?

Apples and oranges.

dead.cell said,

Apples and oranges.

Oh, apples and oranges, which you still neglected the part that the reaction is still the same.

The PSPVita literally is a vita that can be plugged to the tv, just that alone makes it a console, that's quite nice

I think everyone is underestimating the importance of the PS Vita TV. It's a small device (basically a Vita with ethernet and HDMI) that allows you to stream your PS4 games to it. Got 3 TV's at home? Buy one PS4, two PS Vita TV's and you have access to all your PS4 games on all your TV's!

If people watched the conference they'd see that the Japanese fitting titles such as Yakuza need until next Feb to launch. Killzone, Drive Club and Knack would hardly cause PS4s to fly off the shelf in Japan, the west, Europe especially are bigger on their FPS/Driving. GT6 is also a PS3 title, not PS4.

Sony are launching within 32 countries in November as well, MS 16.

Delay launch for localised games? Hrmm im not buying it but either way im not too surprised to be honest. On the one hand MS has made very little inroad into japan so delaying that market isn't a huge loss and they will retain dominance and long run sales anyway.

Whereas if we accept that there simply isn't enough supply for a world wide launch + xmas and some markets had to be neglected, it also makes sense, as a 4 month delay in the US markets would give MS a pretty strong in-road or at the least some early figures to gloat about/sony to have to catch up on.

A new PS Vita? This must go hand-in-hand with the price cut (thinner, lighter, probably cost less to build) because it's not like it was selling all that well to need a new version...

And playing PS Vita games at 1080 HDTV? Wow...

omfg EPIC fail sony. seeing as japan LOVES the playstation holding it back from them is a major mistake, seeing as they know the japanese market is a major buyer for it why not tell the game makers to have it localized for japan as well, the games will have bin in development for years it wouldnt be difficult to add in japanese to in that time frame. They bin giving MS loads of **** talk and then they go screw over there home market. Theres a saying "you dont **** in your own back yard".

although if the japanese really want it im sure theyd just get it imported from another country but still fail. Also if the bundling of the eye was so cost inefficient why offer a bundle to the japanese market and no where else? unless they know theyd buy it anyway

Edited by Charisma, Sep 9 2013, 2:48pm :

Actually, it's just smart business. They are prioritizing the countries where they want to grow marketshare. Japan will gobble up the next PS no problem. They don't see the Xbox as a threat there whatsoever, so why prioritize it?

I'm not saying it doesn't suck, though, especially for the Japanese.

Actually, in some parts of the world that is considered derogatory, so I am going to edit your original post, as the rest of it is fine and I do not want to remove the whole thing.
The more you know

well reason could be they havent pass all the requirements for sale in japan ie proper goverment testing etc and or licenses to do critical features.

Manarift said,
well reason could be they havent pass all the requirements for sale in japan ie proper goverment testing etc and or licenses to do critical features.

You'd think, I don't know, that maybe Sony being a Japanese company would check that stuff off the list first?

well the other thing i could think of is if they released it in japan first and na and other parts they run into the ps2 sold out for almost a year lol

Maybe it's because Sony knows the Japanese will go ape for the PS4 and likely ignore the Xbone. Let them have a 3 month lead, the PS4 will probably outsell it in a few weeks anyway and meanwhile Sony can concentrate on the more hotly contested markets.

Have to say, I'd be pretty upset if an Aussie company launched their own product 3 months later in Australia compared to other markets..

ZipZapRap said,
Have to say, I'd be pretty upset if an Aussie company launched their own product 3 months later in Australia compared to other markets..

Yeah, go figure, everyone made a big deal about MS delaying the XB1 in some markets, I wonder if fans will toss a fit after this PS4 news? I doubt it though, double standard and all.

GP007 said,

Yeah, go figure, everyone made a big deal about MS delaying the XB1 in some markets, I wonder if fans will toss a fit after this PS4 news? I doubt it though, double standard and all.

Of course they won't. Just look at the hypocrisy around N4G and NeoGAF.
I'm also really LOLing at the Vita stuff. So they won't make a useful revision with HDMI out, but rather downgrade the OLED to LCD, include a worthless 1 GB storage space and make another device for TV that doesn't properly support all the games.
Oh Sony...this cracked me up, but hey at least it lasts a whole 6 hours now instead of just 5, WOW!

What do you think? I'm very curious PS fanboy (your comments make me laugh, seriously).
As that is definitely NOT a standardized HDMI out, it's another Sony proprietary BS accessory port...and before you come contradicting, please show me the exact pinout that supports any video channels on that port. Please enlighten me.

And NO again, for €300 you have a poorly supported (considered dead by most in the industry but the few poor indies that Sony is trying to court for it) handheld that can't even properly emulate PS2 games.
Yeah, those 25 games of which nearly NONE are must have system sellers for most gamers.

Not proprietary, its mini-HDMI out.
Vita had a horrible start, can surely not disagree with that, the first 6 months of owning it, it was mainly collecting dust. Few games out (best at the time IMO was WipEout and I'm not a big fan of the series ) But when PSN+ became available, things slowly changed. And Sony made up a few of the lost promises (still waiting for remote play on PS3 for anything but PSX games -.-, but that seems to be coming with PS4..finally). And when they started releasing cross-play/buy games.
Metal Gear Solid 2+3 HD where great to have, Mortal Kombat , 2 or so Uncharteds , Unit 13 was entertaining, Ninja Gaiden is still fun.
Granted not every free game is newly released. Out of them all just 4 or 5 where brand new when free with PSN+.
Still not bad for just the 40 euro's I spend on PSN+. I'm granted at least 2 new games to play with added to my library and sometimes 3 or 4 each month. Steam like discounts (where the 90% off is much less rare).
For handheld gaming, only second to a NDS with R4.

Let's have a laugh with this...shall we people, it's just way too easy.
Show me with a cable attached to that supposed "mini HDMI out" that powers a display, please do!

The Droid X360 (a Vita clone that runs emulators and the entire Android store) even has HDMI out.
THIS is a mini HDMI connector:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi...pg/800px-HDMI_Connector.jpg
See how NONE of the ports there match the PS Vita's PROPRIETARY accessory port. That port on the Vita doesn't even have video pinouts.

Done yet? I'm glad you're having fun with your Vita, I'm not here to disallow that but if you think any of the other overpromises by Sony are going to save the Vita, then you're in for disappointment. The Vita is nowhere near second to an NDS as an NDS with R4 runs just about every portable game from Nintendo in existence before it, it's DEAD last in the entire portable space and even way behind the 3DS as a handheld gaming system.