PlayStation 4 to launch in Japan on February 22

Free digital copy of Knack for consumers, will retail for 39,980

Consumers in Japan will have to wait until February 22 to get their hands on Sony's PlayStation 4.

That's three months after the system launches in the West, with dates set for November 15 in North America and November 29 in Europe.

The console will come with a free digital copy of the game Knack, the project overseen by PS4 system architect Mark Cerny, and sell for 39,980 ($401 / 256). A bundle with the PS4 Eye will also go on sale for 43,980.

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Matt Martin Editor, GamesIndustry.biz4 years ago
Or Sony is confident that Japan is a market it will perform well in and it's more important to get Europe and the US established first, where it has more competition from Microsoft.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd4 years ago
@ Matt I agree with Christian. It's a BIG miss for PS4 sales next year. They may not have much (if any) competition from Microsoft but they do still have to compete against Nintendo who will have a much-bolstered lineup by that time, including the release of Mario Kart 8. I think this is Sony saying they don't believe they can do well in Japan with the PS4 anyway, so why bother pushing it for an early holiday release? They're probably banking more on the Vita TV for home console play in Japan than the PS4 at this point.
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Shehzaan Abdulla Translator/QA 4 years ago
Console take up is pretty slow in Japan and a lot of development that was solely based on handhelds is only just starting to go cross-platform (Vita/PS3).

Given that Japanese developers have been sheepish about supporting the PS3 (even at home) I think the PS4 is going to be a tough sell in November or February (the Japanese support just isn't there); looking at the line-up almost all of the games are major franchises in the West, but many of them don't look like they have the mass market appeal or clout to really push the system.
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Sadly you guys have not been reading the JP consumer electronics sales forecasts for Q4-2013 - Q1-2014 - looks like they could launch the 'second coming' and it would not generate strong enough sales to warrant the extra effort.

Best to consolidate after the Western launch and offer the best package and pricing to the home audience. Also rumor has it that the VR Bundle may have a strong JP following, and Q2-2014 is their time frame?
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Adam Campbell Game Production Manager, Azoomee4 years ago
Well, its not like as if they have Microsoft to compete with in Japan and the platform could still sell out in February...

The bigger markets have more competition and more reward. I can understand the strategy from a business standpoint. Lack of an early model for the domestic market and at a (usually) marked down price will upset a few people though given the history.
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