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PS4 is Finally Released! (in Japan)

February 21, 2014, Author: Matt Parker

The Playstation 4 has finally been released in Japan. Hooray! Bust out the… hockey masks? Sony’s homeland has had to wait for the best part of 3 months to see the release of ‘the next generation of consoles’. This is a cause for celebration.

Selling for ¥39,980 (about £234), the ‘new’ console will also have a couple of Japan-exclusive titles in its launch line-up. Both Yakuza: Ishin and Nobunaga’s Ambition: Creation can be snapped up in stores. Neither have a Western release date which is hardly surprising, given that both titles are set in feudal Japan.

What’s pretty interesting to take into consideration is the fact that, even without the Playstation’s loyal Japanese fanbase to bump up its numbers, the Playstaion 4 has been outselling the Xbox One by some distance.

I have to be honest - I'm not too upset this isn't getting a UK launch.

I have to be honest – I’m not too upset this isn’t getting a UK launch.

Reports are suggesting that the Playstation 4 has managed to shift 5 million units whilst the Xbox One sits at 3 million. Neither numbers are to be ashamed of, but people like to know who’s ‘winning’. With 5 being a bigger number than 3, the current leader is Sony.

This Yakuza game, on the other hand, looks dope. I'm gutted.

This Yakuza game, on the other hand, looks dope. I’m gutted.

With that in mind, don’t forget that the Xbox One doesn’t have a Japanese release date at all. Hardly surprising when you consider that the 360 managed to sell just over 1 million units in Japan. Compare that to the Playstation 3’s near 20 million units and it starts to make it look like the Playstation 4, having been out for less than a year, could have a huge numbers advantage in this ‘console war’.

Source: MCV