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PlayStation 4 not releasing in Japan until 2014

During Sony's Japanese press conference, the publisher finally revealed the release date for the PS4 for  the company's home country. While we all sort of expected December, that turned out not to be the case--surprisingly, it'll actually be out well after the US/UK release dates, landing on February 22, 2014 for 39980 yen (around $400). 

So, what's the deal? Sony explained that the country doesn't put as much emphasis on the Q4 release as US/UK, and explained that it wanted to wait for "unique games " to be available. After looking at the first few months of the console's releases, it figured that late-February would be the best bet. There will be an early-adopter bonus of sorts, gifting those who buy the console in Japan at launch a free year of PS Plus and a copy of Knack, but... still. February? Seems sort of crazy to us.

What do you think--too late? Not that it really needs to compete with Microsoft in Japan, but it's still pretty shocking to see the console coming out some four months late in Japan, especially considering how often Sony releases both hardware and software early there. 

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  • mbavalo - September 10, 2013 4:13 p.m.

    It's Japan. They already know they'll get loads of money from there. I see that their tactic is to first outdo the Xbox One in the rest of the world then focus on what remains afterwards. That or Sony factories are just overwhelmed
  • papaHI - September 9, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    New update, after reading the Japanese website about why its being delayed. Its true. They want to make sure they can release worldwide and keep everyone else happy while also keeping the consumers in Japan happy by releasing them at the proper times. Its just a push against the release of xBox that is keeping the Q4 International markets roaring for more PS4 while the inside Japan markets of course want it fast, can wait and Sony can mass produce enough prior to local release dates.
  • papaHI - September 9, 2013 12:26 p.m.

    Its simple. Release it to the non locals first, fix the bugs, then release a fixed version to the locals. Japan doesnt care about black Friday or a rush to get the systems out in Q4. In Japan Xmas isnt even celebrated as big as other countries. So it makes total sense. Also the xBox isnt such a big deal in Japan as the PS4 will be. So keeping the ability to push out to foreign countries as many boxes as possible. Then around February when they have enough boxes for within Japan sales, since the major push to buy them will have died off, they can release them in Japan without many back orders to fill. Keeping the local economy happy that they all can get a PS4 in hands, makes perfect sense.
  • Cyberninja - September 9, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    Makes sense it seems like they have more games to launch with in Japan, and they don't have to worry about X1 so its fine for them
  • Sy87 - September 9, 2013 11:16 a.m.

    I came get that different cultures have different values in somethings. However, that just seem wrong to hold the console until they hit February because it is there black Friday while the rest of the world has it already. Alienating your own that's just wrong.
  • slimjim441 - September 9, 2013 11:14 a.m.

    If I pre-order a february release console in the US, can I get a free year of Plus?
  • CrashmanX - September 9, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    "at launch a free year of PS Plus and a copy of Knack" Now wait... wait a minute. Do US Pre-Orders/Purchases get anything like this? I Pre-ordered my PS4 on announcement day and I've heard nothing like this.
  • JarkayColt - September 9, 2013 10:47 a.m.

    Is this article missing a few words? The following two sentences don't make sense: "the publisher finally revealed the in the company's home country" "explained that it wanted to wait for "unique " to be available". Unique what? XD Also wouldn't 22 February be about three months later, not four? Anyway, how well does Gran Turismo sell in Japan? Maybe they didn't want the PS4 release to encroach on GT6 there so much? Eh...although, maybe not, I dunno why that would matter in Japan specifically.
  • chunkymonkey66 - September 9, 2013 4:52 a.m.

    How the tides have turned! I can remember countless machines being released in Japan (psp for example) where we in the UK had to wait a year or more until it was released, or illegally import it and face the wrath of Sony. Weird decision to hold back until February (unless a huge JRPG is being released then.)
  • Shinn - September 9, 2013 3:57 a.m.

    It's weird that the system will be available in other countries before Japan, but it's understandable considering that the Q4 release window doesn't mean all that much in Japan when compared to most western countries.

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