Sony “Screws Japan” with Late PS4 Launch

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Japanese gamers have condemned Sony for their “excessively late and overpriced” PS4 release, after they announced that Japan will get the console 3 months later than the rest of the world.

In contrast to the late 2013 release the rest of the world gets, Japan’s release is now dated for February 22nd, egregiously late by all but Microsoft standards.

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To add insult to injury (although the real insult is as usual to European gamers), pricing is somewhat higher than the announced US prices at 41,979 yen including tax.

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Even the slew of other release announcements – including new PS4 IdolMaster, Gundam, Guilty Gear, Yakuza and Dynasty Warrior titles, and the new slimmed down PS Vita – were not enough to bury the obvious snub to the Japanese gamer:

“3 months!”

“Way too late!”

“What a class act Sony is, abandoning Japan completely so it makes its holiday launch in the west.”

“Screw Sony!”

“Sony is done for anyway…”

“If they managed a 2013 release I guess they would just be bashed for lack of releases though…”

“Missing Christmas is unthinkable in the US and Europe so I guess they had no choice but to prioritise that.”

“At least they are making sure it has some games on launch now.”

“IdolMaster is not going to sell many consoles though!”

“Can’t be helped, the Japanese market is worthless now. Just look at the Vita, all it is getting for Japan is ports of mobile phone games…”

“I just hope it doesn’t double as a room heater like the first gen PS3.”

“If it is region free we can just import it anyway…”

“It’s cheaper than the PS3 was and they have no competition from the Xbox, the Wii U failed and they had to prioritise Christmas in the west. I guess they had no real reason to worry about delaying Japan’s launch.”

“MS hasn’t even announced a date for Japan…”

“Why so glum? They are having the westerners beta test it for us before releasing it here.”

“Just think of the westerners as human sacrifices to make sure we get a better console on launch.”


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    Comment by Anonymous
    15:18 10/09/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    >>“Just think of the westerners as human sacrifices to make sure we get a better console on launch.”

    Sacrifices? It's not like the consoles are going to explode, right?

    ...or are they actually made in China?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:30 10/09/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Every Sony console is made on China these, specially and sadly Vitas.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:39 11/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    If that price includes tax at 41,979 yen, that means that they are getting it cheaper than the Americans, since sales tax in America averages around 7% or higher and will not be included.

    $399 + 7% is $426.93. 41,979 yen converts to about $419. Its not much of a break, but it is a break - dont bitch about it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:24 13/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    My sales tax is 9% and it's anong the lowest in the country, you need to go a bit higher lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:03 11/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    actually the exchange rate for yen would make the PS4 cost $434 in japan, so they are getting a alight increase in price

    Comment by Anonymous

    Despite the rest of the world combined having larger market share than Japan, we've always been getting Japanese consoles and games really late.

    Final Fantasies for example used to take more than 6 months to come out in English. Tales of Xillia took nearly two years to come out in English while they are already playing the goddamn sequel.

    Suck it, Japs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:08 10/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That's the stupidest shit I've ever heard, not to mention the intentional racist remark at the end.

    You're comparing this against games that require licensing and localization for international release. Of course it takes a long time to translate RPGs.

    If you hate Japan that much, don't play their games. Better yet, make your own.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:17 10/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Wait, telling the Japanese to suck it is racist? I thought that was just rude. Telling Japanese that they are all slanty eyed and stupid would be racist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:48 11/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    >"omg! Jap is so raceist! Gtfo u racist!"
    Now I realize why the word "racist" itself is so ironic

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:13 11/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    also namco bandia was under the impression their tales of series no longer sells in america, which is probably correct really. You cant blame them for delaying the localization. They also had some bad experiences with their western expansion in general. It sucks for fans but it isnt like every company should be forced to promote their works international translation. If they dont want to, it should be up to them. If you want these games localized so much maybe you could start a publishing company and make money offers to buy the rights to certain games and then go about localizing em.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:09 11/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Jap is on the same level as yankee. There will always be sensitive people who'll be insulted, but most just don't give a sh*t. >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:26 11/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hate Bamco.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:20 12/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well they did have fanfare in America for Japan losing to a American women soccer team in the Olympics in Brits homeland so yea that doesn't change America a lot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:16 10/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The term "Jap" is widely believed to be racist by alot of people that is what they are referring to.

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    Comment by Ciscotaku
    20:41 10/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    jap is a derogatory name like chink or gook. so yeah, saying suck it japs is racist

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:39 11/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Jap" is only racist to sufferers of white guilt and weaboos. Real Japanese know Jap is just short for Japanese, you stupid weaboo.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Jackass though he is, it IS correct. Japan winds up getting 99% of console games FAR faster than North America does.

    How do I know this? I live in North America and have to put up with DUDE THIS GAME IS AWESOME YOU'LL LOVE IT WHEN IT COMES OUT THERE daily from my japanese/chinese/ect friends.

    Comment by Anonymous

    While it sounds racist it's also true, consoles needs licensing and localization too that's one of the reason xbox one won't release worldwide at the same time

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:57 11/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    tell that to all of our FPS holic moron out there who pollute the market with their copy-pasted shit .

    it's their fault we're not getting those .

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:28 11/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    How is it their fault that niche titles don't get picked up anymore? FFXIII didn't sell to anyone past the first impression because of FPS games, it sold because it was shit, same with the original XIV. If you're going to blame anyone, blame the publishers for letting god-awful products leave the developer's hands before they are truly ready.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:26 12/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well you're right about the publishers and first person shooters, but What about the oddly bombshell women in video games isn't that worth mentioning?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:24 12/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well I guess you're right but what about the oddly shaped bombshell women isn't that worth mentioning?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:14 12/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    This song from "Expert" players from Call of Duty:

    Copy and paste it in the URL.

    http://youtu.be/-EKqx-Nojf8?t=1m45s

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:12 12/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    copy and paste it on the URL by the way?/\/\/\/\

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:10 12/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    What I think about all this can be be summed up with a song pitch E.

    http://youtu.be/-EKqx-Nojf8?t=1m45s

    Beside that what the general people are like when they buy an first person shooters every time they're new.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 12/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Young man they are losing their home by the next 7 years and you're bluffing for a console that might have any important stuff on there except first person shooters and big breasted women.

    I'll just say that is really cold on Sony part to release the console late for Japan because of western audience but even that statement alone is true that we have been getting Japanese console late along with their games but really it beyond the point that is maybe we wanted to wait for the next release but hey that called; patience many people may not have it but some people do learn the hard way for it worth. Plus I look like an idiot for typing this and these fact may not be right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:14 10/09/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Maybe Japan should be a more attractive market instead of wasting all their cash on shitty mobile games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:20 10/09/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    “Why so glum? They are having the westerners beta test it for us before releasing it here.”

    “Just think of the westerners as human sacrifices to make sure we get a better console on launch.”

    That is completely true, it was inverse with the PSP launch the Japanese playtested it and found it had a bad square button so the rest of the world got the perfected version.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:58 10/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bah, anyone who buys a console within its first YEAR is basically beta testing the console.

    After that, the companies will not only fix the shit QA missed the first time. They will also improve the circuitry and design, thus releasing it as a new version of the same console.

    Yes, they continue to do this even on a platform as half dead as Vita, with a slightly larger screen and twice the RAM.

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    Comment by cats2
    09:19 11/09/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I have a PS, PS2, and PS3 that where all bought within a week of the release..

    They all work perfectly fine.

    The only thing I've ever broken from them is a PSP that I dropped on cement, heh.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:14 13/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I say you are very lucky to have a PS1 that still works. There aren't too many people who didn't have to use the upside down trick to get the PS1 to play games and have it last for almost 20 years

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:20 12/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just because you got one working machine doesn't mean no one else out there didn't get assfucked. Cracks and manufacturing defects exist in almost any device coming out of the factory, and some are worse than others. In the pursuit of yield however, QA inspectors are sometimes told to be tolerant of some of them. As long as it passes initial tests, all defects are as good as 'within specs' to the management. The problem is that those tests are done under controlled environment, and not the kind of unpredictable situations day to day users have to face.

    In addition, QA inspectors are human beings themselves. They may occasionally slip a defective one out, especially if the yield that day is so bad that they have a hard time telling which is which.

    Bottomline, no delicate electronic device is truly tested until they are in the hands of consumers. Companies do pay attention to all the broken ones, only that they pretend not to because they don't want to oblige to warranty terms if they can get away with it.

    The new version of consoles are made not only because they want to improve the experience. They also want to reduce the amount of possible complaints coming from you.

    Source? I was a certified PCB inspector(IPC-A-610 and IPC-J-STD-100) in a large electronics company for over 4 years.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:51 12/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    jeez thanks for the lengthy explanation that wasn't needed. All my Sony products work perfectly fine never had issues with them eve dropped my vita 3 times on the floor no cracks or issues. Maybe Sony misses a couple of bad eggs or maybe you dont know how to care for your products.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:15 10/09/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    “If it is region free we can just import it anyway…”

    Japanese company makes new gaming console. Releases,it everywhere but Japan. Japanese must import said console.

    Tasty irony.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:01 11/09/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    *Japanese company that makes most of its money outside Japan and builds all its products in China.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:35 11/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You... I like you.

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    Comment by Crazy_O
    19:54 10/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    As a european I got an annoying smirk on my face and I can't stop when thinking about the situation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:08 11/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's cheaper for Japanese to buy electronics outside Japan. More choices to them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:53 11/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So some fool will by like 10 of them & make a killing on them pumping them to Japan by X-mas. Sounds like a plan. It's already been done to death though, but that won't stop anyone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:04 10/09/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I guess they'll get the non defective version.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:53 12/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    they allready have the one non defective version?

    cant you see how much they write compared to me?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:05 10/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    japanese prefere nintendo anyway ..
    "hey ! it's that never evolving peace of crap of monster hunter ! let's buy that crap with shitty graphic non evolving gameplay and overseen sceneries and mob ! screw SONY for not having this peace of crap !"

    ... well sony said screw you we'll release ps4 to people who are interested first .

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:13 10/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    To be fair, there's like, no launch titles worth buying anyway, 3 months should give them a few good ones at least.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:25 10/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    We wait for years for a JRPG localization and 3 months is just too much? Man, impatient.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:00 10/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Self-entitled little brats.

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    Comment by caiooa
    20:09 10/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    this. The only one i would be barely interested is ggxrd. That will be launched for ps3 too. So i really don't care.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:52 10/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You Japanese, instead of complaining try to make beautiful games instead of the crap you pull out now except for a few games. What do you think? That the world of videogames still revolves around you? You are deluded if you think so. The power play has shifted to the west, useless to complain you are looking for Japanese to give you to do because you are becoming ridiculous.
    That said force Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:18 10/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    A XBONE fanboy would probably point out the irony...

    "Japan - a land that doesn't even matter as market - to japanese"

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:28 10/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    pretty simple.

    playstation has no competition in japan while in NA it struggled very much against the xbox 360, and despite their overwhelming success of their reveal of the ps4 (i doubt the decision to release the console early in NA was decided afterwards) they're still forging onward to beat microsoft to a pulp.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:43 10/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, dear Japanese protesters.

    You do know you'll get this one later because your fucked up demographics proclaim you people are less interested in purchasing consoles over handhelds?

    The western world is more likely to purchase consoles over handhelds and as such, they will get theirs sooner. Perfectly logical.

    Protest against your demographics and your fucked up society. That way, you'd probably achieve more than you'd think.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:42 10/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    ^^^^^^^^THIS! Japan has been byuing less and less home consoles for the past few years...there are new, and bigger, markets to be had in the developing countries (Brazil, China, India) and you'll still end up getting the improoved and tested console anyway....

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 15/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Brazil has HUGE taxes for games and there's a very good chance of PS4 costing more than 1k USD in that country. PS4 sales is going to be a failure in the green-yellow country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:55 11/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Brazil and China (Don't know about India) we will hack and pirate the fuck of your games!!!






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