While online preordering is starting to become a widespread practice in Japan, there are still quite a few hardliners that like to take part in the ceremony of standing in line for hours on end in front of their favorite shop to be between the first to bring their favorite game home, or in this case, to put their name down for a PlayStation 4 (and bring home a receipt I guess).
Preorders open today, and the toughest gamers are already standing (or sitting, or laying) in line. According to reports, some of them have been there since yesterday at 9 PM. In Akihabara, Tokyo, there are 16 degrees Celsius (60°F) and and it’s raining lightly.
Below you can see some pictures of the landscape, including the signs in front of the shops, courtesy of Twitter users Cotory, Tsurumirobo, April_4, Kityou, Truro and of the Japanese websites Inside Games and Hachima Kiko. You can also see Twitter users Kanagawaterumin and Panini‘s receipts after they successfully managed to complete their preorder. Looks like they’re lucky, considering that online preorders were all sold out in mere minutes.
Apparently the PS4 has to compete with the launch of a Kamen Raider toy belt. Ah Japan…