Japan PSN Accounts Hits Milestone
During the earliest days of this generation, the Japanese definitely chose one console over the other two...and it most certainly wasn't the PlayStation 3. Due to a lack of hardware units, a lack of software, and a high price, Japanese gamers flocked to buy the Nintendo Wii and not the PS3. But ever since then, Sony's console has experienced a major resurgence in the land of the Rising Sun (even though it still has a long ways to go to catch the Wii).
That resurgence will continue with the likes of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, but in the meantime, SCEJ has revealed that over 1 million PlayStation Network accounts have officially been opened in Japan. This is according to the latest Watch Impress numbers, and we're most happy to see it. The PS3 launched in November of 2006 and at that point, very few Japanese gamers were going to be registering for the PSN, primarily because there were very few consoles to go around. But Sony has long since gotten past their hardware availability deficiency, and with more reasons than ever to head online, the number of PSN accounts is rising quickly. And we're willing to bet this phenomenon is happening in all major territories these days, what with the PS3 being hotter than ever.
The PSP still reigns supreme over the DS on a monthly sales basis, and although that's due mostly to the crazy good software in 2008, both of Sony's units are doing much better in Japan. That's about the long and short of it.
5/26/2008 Ben Dutka