PS4 launches in Japan – but was it a flop?

On Friday 22nd February 2014, the PlayStation 4 was officially launched in Sony’s home country, Japan. Nearly 72 hours later and no day-one sales figures have been revealed. Is this a sign that the console may not have been as successful at home, or have Sony been too busy counting up the figures?

First person in Japan to buy a PS4
First person in Japan to buy a PS4

The move to launch the console nearly 3 months later in Japan was very surprising; was Sony neglecting its roots, instead focusing on a more western audience? It felt so, as Sony’s main reason to delay the launch was due to lack of Japanese developed titles on the 15th November – something that could have been avoided by funding toward Japanese developers. With Sony ‘listening to developers‘, could this delay have been due to a lack of confidence in their product in the Japanese market? Can Sony no longer offer the epic console that Japanese gamers know and love?

Along with the standard PS4 launch titles (such as Call of Duty, Killzone and Knack), the console launched with with a number of Japanese-only titles including ‘Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin!’, ‘Tottemo E Mahjong Plus’, ‘Nobunaga no Yabō: Sozō’, ‘Nikoli no Puzzle 4: Sudoku’ and ‘Joysound Dive 2’. With over 180 games in development, we’re sure that any downfall that might occur will be long forgotten.

Here’s for hoping that these sales figures come out soon – as we’ll soon be able to tell if Sony have remained true to their loyal fan base in Japan.

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