PS4 Sold Out Almost Everywhere Again in Japan: Retailer Advises to Grab it When You Find One

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 Digitalย 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.


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  • Boerewors

    “Retailer Advises to Grab it When You Find One”… Now there’s something you don’t see often ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Mikeherp Derp

      I’m grabbing the first “thing” that I find.

  • stealth20k

    sold out? not from the responses on my feed from people who live in japan. Apparently stock is quite abundant.

    • Sticky Notes

      Obviously the article doesn’t indicate that its sold out everywhere. I don’t remember reading that in the article. I merely states:

      “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),”

      You can check Amazon yourself. Have one of the people in your feed check any of the stores mentioned in this story.

      • stealth20k

        That is all I am saying.

    • AdachiTohru

      Keep dreaming boy.

    • Bankai

      Did you just ignore the “almost everywhere” in the headline?

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      Your contacts who live in Japan always seem to be able to find PS4s everywhere, even when the retailers themselves indicate the opposite, and retailers have the best interest in selling the console, not in keeping em on the shelves. So if they had em, they’d publicize it.

      Either your “people who live in Japan” are wrong, or you are. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • stealth20k

        Normally retailers exaggerate. I remember even in the states when companies said they “sold out” I had no issue finding any system in the stores. That is my experience.

        • Giuseppe Nelva

          Retailers don’t exaggerate “we don’t have stock.” It’s in their best interest to tell their customers that they have stock when they do, otherwise customers won’t buy it.

          You’re confusing publishers with retailers.

          • stealth20k

            They don’t exaggerate, but they aren’t 100 accurate when it comes to statements like these. They never have been for any system. I am sure they think they are.

          • Giuseppe Nelva

            You do understand that stock nowadays is registered and tracked by computers, right?

          • stealth20k

            You understand that has never been 100 percent accurate right. When they say no more stock. That almost always means there is stock somewhere.

            Sorry I am not feeling well, if you want to discuss this tweet me. Other than that, nothing else needs to be said.

          • TristanPR77

            Don’t bother with him. He is obviously lying

          • stealth20k

            Stupid troll. Get a life. Do you know anything about this industry?

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    • Mikeherp Derp

      LOL. Xbots always seem to be able to find plentiful PS4s in stock where ever they go.

      Or they’re just lying and delusional. Your pick.

      p.s. shoving your head up your arse isn’t going to stop PS4 outselling Xboner by a massive margin.

      • stealth20k

        haha, trolls, gotta love them.

        • Mikeherp Derp

          “Apparently stock is quite abundant.” Are you lying, incredibly stupid, or trolling? Your pick.

          • stealth20k

            I wonder if anyone pays attention to you? you are so angry. Stock of the PS4 is abundant from every picture I have seen, to every person on twitter from Japan who I communicate with on a daily basis.

          • Mikeherp Derp

            Yet the objective data proves your anecdotes wrong, and you won’t admit it.

          • stealth20k

            Actually no it doesnt. Those reports typically do not account for all the stock. I am not going to respond to you again. You are an insulting troll. Not worth the time. I have you enough attention as it is. Later.

  • Galen Nycroft

    What the hell?! Why the PS4 love fest? It really baffles me this console generation.

    • Bankai

      The PS4 is just too sexy to ignore, nothing wrong with that.

      • Galen Nycroft

        What’s the main draw for you?

        • Bankai

          Exclusives, Features, Power, Price, etc.

    • Wargreymon559 .

      If you really have to ask that you must have barely came out of a coma

      • Galen Nycroft

        What’s the main draw?

        • angh

          Last 6 years of great titles on PS3, and great MP games – cod, kz and bf4 – as well as number of f2p (warframe, warthunder) and indie (don’t starve is a hell of the game). Plus plus. And streaming. And hardware proving graphical advantage. And remote play in any title using Vita. And good price. And sony conference last year. And more importantly Microsoft conference last year. Presence of Sony at European GamesCon with actual real news, at least someone don’t tread EU as secondary market. Solid and clear message from beginning to the end, without any turns in meantime. Clear policy for game resale and lending. And even if paying for some multiplayer games is still not as restrictive as xbox live – I can get another ps4 just for the Netflix streaming, no psn+required. Naughty Dog. I can connect headphones to my pad without a crazy port, just a simple jack connector. And nothing dealbreaking on xbox one which would make me want to buy that console – I’m not interesting in Forza, Ryse is just a techdemo ‘press x to execute fatality’, DR3… really, no, and what else… Titanfall? if you really need CoD with hawken get in on PC.
          Last few tears gave me confodence in Sony approach to gamer. Yakuza series, Tales of series, Atelier series, ni no kuni, just those reasons for me are good enough to have confidence in Sony’s ability to deliver.

        • neko working

          Literally an investment just like PS3. If PS4 get huge sales early in its lifetime, developers will be interested to develop for PS4 (means more game coming to PS4), plus it’s cheaper, and more powerful than competitions. As simple as that, bigger the momentum are better for PS4 owners :)

          There’s no reason to NOT buy one early. Game Industry has a very vicious cycle, if there’s none jump in for the start then there will be no game.
          (1) Console sales -> (2) developers interest -> (3) more games -> back to #1

    • Logash

      People are just really excited to be starting a new generation. I know that’s why I bought my PS4. If you mean why the PS4 above the One then I chose it because I like the exclusives Sony has and I want Japanese games. Xbox is going to be severely lacking that category.

      • Galen Nycroft

        I personally thought it was still too soon for another round of consoles, and that we hadn’t even seen the full potential of the XBox 360 and PS3, I guess I was mistaken. Who knew people were this hungry for a new console generation?

        • Shane Stocks

          Too soon? I strongly disagree and from the quick sales many people believe last generation was far too long winded.

        • Giuseppe Nelva

          The last generation had a large problem. Memory. When you have a machine with only 500 mb of ram, there’s very little you can do, especially with open world games that are becoming all the rage nowadays.

          Devs juiced PS3 and XBox 360 to the extreme, and it was just time to move to machines with more.

          • DemonFenton

            I agree with you 100% on memory last gen. All three consoles had that huge problem thus many games did in fact crashed or was drastically cut down from their PC counterpart if any.

        • MaximDualBlade

          Man, buy and play whatever you can afford and have the time to play and let people use their ps4s. I still play with my ps2 and N64.

          Also ps3 has great exclusives(for me of course) in 2014-2015, like Tales of Xillia 2/Zestiria , Final Fantasy X/X-2, Persona 5… You get the idea XD

    • brian0057

      Because people will buy literally anything that is named Playstation whether it has a single decent game in its library or not.

  • PrinceHeir

    Great work Sony!

  • Shane Stocks

    Arguably has no “Killer-game” at the moment, but what Sony did to the PS4 is everything a gamer wanted. No TV bullshit, just powerful hardware at an affordable price.

    We sorta lost that last generation. Competition is BAD in this industry, as developers have to make two versions etc. I am hoping PS4 dominates, and gets the PS2 era back again.

    • angh

      Saying ‘we’ you mean ‘Sony’? if so, I don’t agree. Sony sold more consoles than ms, and have more users. And definitely have bigger choice of games. As well Sony delivered better overall exclusive games.
      And don’t really agree about competition. Thanks to that ps4 doesn’t cost the same amount at start as ps3. We have psn+, online services, streaming and monthly sales. And now we have new generation released at same time, with better price, better hardware and easier to develop for, even multiplatform. It wouldn’t be possible without competition.

    • Axe99

      Competition isn’t bad at all – imagine the shape of the XB1 if they hadn’t had competitive pressure from the PS4? What is good is that with the similarly-architectured machines, it should be straightforward to make two versions, with relatively minor changes (resolution/frame rates/texture detail) for each console.

      • Mikeherp Derp

        We know what it would look like – locked down with 24 hour DRM checks, mandatory Kinect connection, and restricted used games sales.

      • Jordan

        competition is good. however it depends on how the competition is being done. if we have someone that constantly throw money out just to buy out exclusives stuffs rather than really making their own. That is not a good competition but more like a disruption to the industry. Because that is not a “fair” competition. Makes no difference to cheating. End of the day it only ruin the gamers as a whole. An example, despite Nintendo is not doing all so well. But I still respect what they did. Because all they do is fair competition. And they really try do more by themselves rather than trying to buy out to make them “exclusive” which to be honest Nintendo can do that if they want since financially they are capable of doing so. TBH since the last generation I really felt that MS is a trogan to gaming rather than a contributor/innovator.

        • Axe99

          There’s nothing unfair about a first-party paying money to a third party for content – it happens all the time, in numerous industries. While I personally prefer first parties having strong in-house development teams, Microsoft’s approach, in trying something new, gives gamers choice, and if it works, innovates the industry (in this case, it didn’t work, but you don’t have successful innovations without failed ones). Don’t forget, the money that Microsoft pays to Take-two or EA doesn’t mysteriously evaporate into thin air – those publishers can then use those funds to produce other titles.

    • cozomel

      “just powerful hardware at an affordable price.”
      Thats questionable (the powerful hw part)

      • Mikeherp Derp

        They did the best they could with a 300 watt power limit.

      • Bankai

        It’s not questionable at all, he’s right.

      • Jecht_Sin

        1.84TFLOPS aren’t exactly weak, are they? For sure more than what it is in most running gaming PCs. You guys always behave as you have the latest top of the art graphics card, while in reality plenty still run on GT 8800.

    • NeoTechni

      I disagree. Killzone is a killer game. Infamous and mgs come out next month. That’s three more thannwii u has after a year

    • Michael Parks

      Competition is why the Ps4 is as great as it is.

  • Steven Solidarios

    But what about:

  • Anders

    PlayStation 4 is 4thePlayers and that is why the gamers buy it.

  • mikeslemonadeFromN4G

    Bold prediction time: PS4 install base in Japan will outsell X1’s in install base in the US by the end of the generation.

    • Mikeherp Derp

      I really doubt that. Xboners will gain traction years from now priced at $300 with lots of exclusives, and people forgetting about the bad PR.

      • mikeslemonadeFromN4G

        The gap is going to widen unlike how PS3 closed the gap last generation. It’s gonna become more and more evident that PS4 is the first system and possibly the only system you need this generation.

        • Mikeherp Derp

          I agree with that globally, but Japan’s anemic console market isn’t going to sell enough PS4s to top Xbox sales in the US.

      • Manoj Varughese

        I don’t think the price-cut would do much favors. It depends on the type of exclusives outside of Gears or HALO. Let’s begin with TF.

  • brian0057

    “Retailers advice to grab it when you find one”
    In other words: grab it when there is something worth playing, like in a year.