Over two years ago, Sony caused a degree of disappointment among Japanese fans, by announcing that the release of the PS4 in its home turf would happen several months after North America and Europe, on February 22nd, 2014.
The house of PlayStation mentioned needing more time to prepare a suitable line-up of local games to properly serve its customers, and apologized by providing a free copy of Knack with every new purchase of the console during the launch window.
Since now it’s past midnight in Japan, we can now celebrate the second birthday of Sony’s console in its home country.
Things didn’t immediately go too smoothly. Despite the delay, Japanese developers have been slow to jump on the current generation bandwagon, and the launch line-up was very thin, including many games that were also available on PS3.
Now, two years later, there are still quite a few cross-generation games launched in Japan, even if the PS3 is finally walking towards the sunset, and PS4 sales have become much more solid, with games of cross-generation games decidedly leaning towards the newer console. This is, in turn, convincing more and more local publishers to consider PS4 exclusivity.
While we’ll have to wait for Wednesday to see the final tally, as of last Sunday the console had sold just south of 2.4 million units if you believe Famitsu’s numbers, or just under 2.5 millions if you consider Media Create more credible. Things are finally starting to look pretty good, especially considering the big games that are coming before the end of the year and at the beginning of the next.
Yet, we couldn’t have a proper trip down the memory lane without actual memories, and below you can see the count down from the Japanese launch events. In the video you’ll recognize CEO Andrew House, Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida, Former local President Hiroshi Kawano, a younger and beardless Hideo Kojima, Yakuza producers Toshihiro Nagoshi and Masayoshi Yokoyama, Final Fantasy XIV Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida, Square Enix Chief Executive Troll… Ahem… Producer Shinji Hashimoto and more.
And yes, in the count down you can see a small glimpse of Deep Down. We’re still waiting, Capcom.
On top of that, we also have a video of the following morning, when Tokyo-based gamers queued up in front of one of Tokyo’s most popular store (Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara) to purchase the console, courtesy of GetNews. You’ll also be treated to a super-weird and not exactly spontaneous “Sony Banzai!” chorus. What’s not to love?