Sony finally launches PlayStation 4 in its home country of Japan

Sony first released the PlayStation 4 on November 15th in the U.S and Canada and today, over three months later, the company finally launched its next-gen game console in its home country of Japan.

The official PlayStation Japan Twitter account marked the occasion by showing a picture of the first person who bought a PS4 at Sony's launch event earlier today, where it is already Saturday, February 22nd in that country's time zone. He is flanked by Andrew House, the president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, and Hiroshi Kawano, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia.

The PS4's price in Japan is 39,980 yen or 43,980 yen if buyers get a special bundle with the PlayStation Camera. Unlike the North American or European launches, the first shipments of the PS4 in Japan will come with a free game, the platformer Knack. Twenty-seven games, including many made just for the Japanese market, are included in today's launch.

The PS4 is now available for sale in over 50 countries and territories and recently Sony said that sales of the console have exceeded 5.3 million units worldwide. By contrast, Microsoft's rival Xbox One console is only available in 13 markets and has not announced any concrete dates to expand to other parts of the world, including Japan.

Source: PlayStation Japan on Twitter

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After returning my Xbox One and just waiting for revised hardware and software, I am seriously considering a PS4. All of my co-workers and friends that own one, have nothing but good things to say about it. It would be a emotional switch for me because I have owned nothing but an Xbox since 2001.

As a fellow rich person, you do realize it is possible to have more than one gaming console. You don't have to "switch" or even take sides to enjoy console gaming entertainment.

Enron said,
As a fellow rich person, you do realize it is possible to have more than one gaming console. You don't have to "switch" or even take sides to enjoy console gaming entertainment.

Why would anyone want to do that now as in spend $958 for 2 consoles and 1 Xbox Live Gold?

VictorWho said,

Why would anyone want to do that now as in spend $958 for 2 consoles and 1 Xbox Live Gold?

Don't forget the cost of ps+ and the simple answer is because we can... Xb1,ps4, and Wii u

VictorWho said,

Why would anyone want to do that now as in spend $958 for 2 consoles and 1 Xbox Live Gold?

Because I want to play exclusives on both systems.

Given Microsoft's history in Japan, I wouldn't be surprised if they skipped it this go around. Sadly for us old timers, Japan seems to be far less relevant than it used to be, and it's not a vital market if you're doing well elsewhere.

That would be a horrible strategy, missing out on Japanese developer interest would still impact owners in other territories negatively. Last time around they got a,lot of niche Japanese games such as shmups by Cave and Konami that a lot of hardcore fans enjoyed. That kind of thing wins loyalty. Exposing Japanese gamers to exclusive Microsoft brands would help build interest, there were a lot of Japanese gamers who were drawn to Halo, Lost Planet (which had a superior experience on 360), and Blue Dragon.

Can we already stop calling it next-gen?
It's here right now, games are coming out and consoles are selling like hotcakes. It's the current gen.

gonchuki said,
Can we already stop calling it next-gen?
It's here right now, games are coming out and consoles are selling like hotcakes. It's the current gen.

The PS3 and the 360 still have new games coming out and are still selling. If that's your measure.

2 generations of consoles will coincide for years no doubt.

McKay said,

The PS3 and the 360 still have new games coming out and are still selling. If that's your measure.

2 generations of consoles will coincide for years no doubt.


so? one is the previous generation, the other is the current generation. Don't wan't to call it previous gen? fine, call it legacy consoles then.
Just don't call "next gen" something that is already here with us, because the real next gen is now 5-7 years away. The clock is ticking.

gonchuki said,

so? one is the previous generation, the other is the current generation. Don't wan't to call it previous gen? fine, call it legacy consoles then.
Just don't call "next gen" something that is already here with us, because the real next gen is now 5-7 years away. The clock is ticking.

It is entirely opinion about what you want to refer to the 2 generations as. There is no clear cut "You are wrong, I am right".

So it's pointless complaining that other people have a different opinion to you. It's all up to interpretation. Want to call it "current gen" fine, just stop trying to push your opinion as fact.

You cannot change the meaning of words or phrases just because you have a different opinion, that's not how it works. Ever heard of semantics? look it up.

gonchuki said,
You cannot change the meaning of words or phrases just because you have a different opinion, that's not how it works. Ever heard of semantics? look it up.

Im not changing the meaning of any words. Next-gen means the Next Generation, something the XO and PS4 are. However the PS3 and 360 Generation are still going, they haven't finished. Consoles are still being sold brand new, games are still being made and sold for it. The Generation hasn't finished yet.

You're the one who's complaining that people aren't taking your opinion as fact. I'm not.