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Sony: "Considerable Demand" For PlayStation 4 In Japan

The slick new PlayStation 4 has yet to launch in Japan, as bizarre as that may seem.

So, are console gamers in the Land of the Rising Sun all amped up for Sony's new console? Sony president Kazuo Hirai seems to think so.

During a new SankeiBiz interview (as translated by DaulShockers), the Sony boss spoke about how the PS4 became the fastest-selling console in the brand's history in the US. He also mentioned current Japanese demand for the system:

"As for the sales situation in the West, it’s the fastest of PlayStation History. We were able to send units before the launch to ensure stock was good. In Japan we’ll launch in February this year and we’re already accepting preorders. There’s considerable demand."

We would hope there's "considerable demand." Microsoft has never had much success selling the Xbox platform in Japan and although Nintendo always has a firm footing in that region, PlayStation often does very well. Once that launch kicks off, we might get a better idea of where the PS4 and Xbox One stand in the worldwide versus match-up. Globally, I don't see how Microsoft can win this generation...

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, kaz hirai, sony

1/4/2014 4:20:40 PM Ben Dutka

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Saturday, January 04, 2014 @ 4:43:07 PM

I just can't help but think it's crazy the PS4 hasn't launched in Japan. Seriously amazes me.

I think a huge part of Sony's strategy was to get the PS4 in the homes in the US as a priority. They know they got Japan locked up.

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Sunday, January 05, 2014 @ 7:13:54 AM

They clearly prioritized the markets where the fight is hardest. As they should, imo.

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Saturday, January 04, 2014 @ 7:03:49 PM

actually contrary to what many believe the PS4 got NA and EU launch because western devs wanted a next gen console more than Japanese devs

so sony listened also the japanese are more into phones and handhelds than consoles

also JP devs are still making PSP games

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karneli lll
Sunday, January 05, 2014 @ 11:10:38 AM

No. Japanese devs were still months away from completed projects and Sony did not want to release the ps4 in Japan with no local games.

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Sunday, January 05, 2014 @ 2:34:22 AM

Considerable demand sounds like a small number. European description of their preorder sounded more impressive.

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Sunday, January 05, 2014 @ 11:12:46 AM

Big surprise what else is new?

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Sunday, January 05, 2014 @ 12:31:55 PM

Yes Yes and YEEEEEES!

Japanese Gaming to Come back in a big way to show these NA fools how its done.

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