PS4 Survey Shows that Japanese Gamers Like it, but Games are Lacking: Final Fantasy XV Most Anticipated

on February 24, 2015 3:21 PM

A year after the launch of the PS4 in Japan, the Japanese magazine Weekly Famitsu released a large survey showcasing what users and developers in the archipelago of the rising sun think of Sony’s new console.

Gamers

Are you satisfied with the PS4?

  • I’m very satisfied – 31% (322 votes)
  • I’m satisfied – 37% (388 votes)
  • I’m neutral – 18% (185 votes)
  • I’m dissatisfied – 8% (81 votes)
  • I’m very dissatisfied – 6% (66 votes)

Positive – 68%

Negative – 14%

Did you buy the PlayStation Camera Bundle?

  • Yes – 24% (251 votes)
  • No – 76% (796 votes)

Are you satisfied with the games?

  • I’m very satisfied – 9% (38 votes)
  • I’m satisfied – 38% (377 votes)
  • I’m neutral – 22% (221 votes)
  • I’m somewhat dissatisfied – 18% (185 votes)
  • I’m dissatisfied –  13% (129 votes)

Positive – 47%

Negative – 31%

What do you think of the price?

  • It’s very costly – 6% (54 votes)
  • It’s costly – 35% (360 votes)
  • It’s appropriate  – 46% (473 votes)
  • It’s cheap – 8% (85 votes)
  • It’s very cheap – 5% (46 votes)

Developers 

What are the elements of PS4 that you evaluate highly?

  • Hardware specs – 40% (37 votes)
  • Connection with the PS Vita – 31% (29 votes)
  • Share feature – 12% (11 votes)
  • Ease of use of the DualShock 4 – 7% (6 votes)
  • Video sharing services – 2% (2 votes)
  • Games library – 0% (0 votes)

What improvements to PS4 do you require?

  • Games library – 40% (45 votes)
  • Share feature – 13% (12 votes)
  • Ease of use of the DualShock 4 – 9% (8 votes)
  • Improvement of the connection to PS Vita – 7% (6 votes)
  • Improvements to the video sharing services – 5% (5 votes)
  • Project Morpheus – 1% (1 votes)
  • Hardware Specs – 0% (0 votes)
  • Other – 16% (15 votes)

Elements that developers would like to see special focus on

  • Games that embrace the share feature – 40 votes
  • Games supporting project morpheus – 29 votes
  • Visuals – 12 votes
  • Interaction with PS Vita – 9 votes
  • Games that use the features of the DualShock 4 – 0 votes
  • Other – 12 votes

Games

What are the titles you play the most on PS4?

  1. Grand Theft Auto V – 206 votes
  2. Battlefied 4 – 164 votes
  3. Destiny – 107 votes
  4. Far Cry 4 – 106 votes
  5. Dragon Age: Inquisition – 105 votes
  6. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – 70 votes
  7. The Last of Us: Remastered – 66 votes
  8. Diablo III – 60 Votes
  9. Samurai Warriors 4 – 51 Votes
  10. Yakuza Ishin! – 44 votes

What are your most anticipated titles?

  1. Final Fantasy XV – 521 votes
  2. Dragon Quest Heroes – 472 votes
  3. Persona 5 – 389 votes
  4. Bloodborne – 376 votes
  5. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 308 votes
  6. The Order: 1886 – 177 votes
  7. Yakuza Zero – 160 votes
  8. God Eater 2: Rage Burst – 151 votes
  9. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD – 133 votes
  10. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – 92 votes

The results are definitely interesting. While users are mostly satisfied with the console, there’s a rather large percentage that still isn’t happy with the game, and 40% of developers agrees that the software library needs improvement.

The results on the games themselves pretty much match that result. Most of the popular games are western experiences, with a strong dominance of shooters. On the other hand, Japanese games take the lion’s share of the most anticipated games is taken by Japanese RPGs (Seeing Uncharted 4 at the bottom of the list isn’t that surprising, as the series has never been a massive hit in Japan).

This pretty much tells us, if there was any need of a survey to get there, that Japanese gamers miss their favorite local genre on PS4, and that’s one of the major reasons why many are still hesitating to jump on board.

With Dragon Quest Heroes hitting on Thursday and Bloodborne and Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae coming next month, it’ll be interesting to see if Japan’s thirst will finally be quenched, at least partly.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.
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