Japanese Gamers Disappointed and Feels Neglected About PS4 February 2014 Release

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Recently Sony Japan announced that Playstation 4 will arrive in Japan in February 2014 (few months after the launch of PS4 in Western Region).

PS4This announcement didn’t got down too well with gamers in Japan (as Sony being Japanese firm, and consumers their felt they are getting step-child like treatment with delay in launch on PS4 as compared to western region).

The reason for the delay, according to Sony was that they like to have a strong line-up of Western titles as well as Japan specific game.

The bottom line is pretty clear, consumers in Japan are not at all happy with PS4 release delay. Here are few comments made by consumers on official Japanese Playstation blog:

  • “This late launch is truly disappointing. But looking at the launch line-up it does seem like putting the console on sale this year would be hard.”
  • “Promising pre-orders abroad there weren’t enough machines for this country, so it was pushed back!”
  • “Well, this is a disappointment.”
  • “I don’t want to play a half-localised game, so the two-month wait is a valid excuse.”
  • “Too late.”
  • “I was excited about getting the PS4 and Battlefield 4 at launch, but it’s two months later than the U.S. and Europe. I totally lost interest. Thanks! I’m not going to buy the PS4 until there’s a price cut.”
  • “This was unavoidable.”
  • “This is a Japanese game console, I wanted it to launch in Japan first. I don’t care about the number of consoles or the launch line-up.”
  • “I wanted to play the PS4 over the New Year’s holidays.”
  • “Change the date at the Tokyo Game Show, you incompetent lot.”
  • “I thought if it was late, it would be December, but geez, we have to wait until February… Are gamers who don’t play Western titles going to buy this at launch [in Japan]? I don’t think there are many of those.”
  • “This is neglecting Japanese gamers.”
  • “I seem to remember Japan getting the Vita two or three months before it was released abroad.”
  • “The Japanese game industry is no good.”
  • “It can’t be helped, and February is fine.”
  • “That was a great press conference. Save for the PS4 release date.”
  • “This is the result of Japanese gamers being a lower priority.”
  • “I’m really envious of Xbox One players. Microsoft listened to fans abroad and made improvements. Sony Japan isn’t doing anything like that at all.”
  • “That’s a lie that localisation takes time. The PS3 versions of some of these games are going on sale in Japan this year.”
  • “The PS4 launch date was a letdown, but I enjoyed what I saw. Also, the Vita TV they revealed is amazing!”
  • “Guess they’re going to run an amateur sales operation again.”
  • “Isn’t the PlayStation a Japanese console?!”
  • “I understand, and I can wait. But if they could sweeten that first edition bundle a little more…”
  • “February is too late. Forget the PS4, I’m getting a PC.”

Source: Kotaku