With the beginning of March Sony is halting shipments of the “First Limited Pack” of the PS4 in Japan, moving from the bundle with Knack to the standard boxes without the game, and looks like almost all the units that were pushed into the market so far have now found a loving home.
Amazon Japan, Yodobashi Camera, Bic Camera, Rakuten, Edion, Sofmap and every other retailer we checked has the console out of stock, and Yodobashi Camera also shows no stock in all its 21 stores across the country (which received further shipments on February 26th and 27th), as you can see in the picture at the bottom of this post. A new shipment is expected by the 5th.
In the meanwhile Shunichi Kobayashi, director of the video game department of Akihabara-based retailer Trader mentioned to Mainichi Shinbun Digital that he doesn’t know when further shipments will come, advising customers to grab the console when they find one:
We’re not in a situation where you can buy it everywhere already, and I don’t know when it’ll be in stock. If you absolutely want it, I recommend that you buy it when you find one.
Despite all the doom and gloom we saw from some sources, looks like PS4 has definitely been selling over the past week. It’ll be interesting to see the Media Create hardware charts this Wednesday to get a clear picture on what kind of momentum the console is retaining compared to its initial sales in the archipelago of the rising sun.