The countdown event for the Japanese release of the PlayStation 4 was quite focused on its local target, with the participation of local VIPs and no relevant announcements, as it was more of a celebration than anything else. That caused quite a few negative comments from western viewers, that are used to a different kind of entertainment.
But what about Japanese viewers? Looks like they loved it. Most Japanese tend to watch this kind of livestream on Nico Nico, as they still haven’t embraced western portals like Ustream, and at the end of every broadcast on Japan’s prominent video portal, there’s a poll to let users express their approval or disapproval of the event. In this case the response was overwhelmingly positive, as you can see from the screencap below.
- It was very good: 75.2%
- It was pretty good: 12.6%
- It was average: 5.6%
- It wasn’t very good: 2.7%
- It was bad: 3.8%
Positive ratings summed up to 87.8%, interestingly showing a very similar breakdown to the results related to the press conference that revealed the Japanese release date of the console, the PS Vita TV and the PS Vita 2000.
Apparently those that think that “everyone hated” the event may want to consider that “me” and “everyone” are two very different concepts.
If you missed the event and want to judge for yourself, you can check out the full recording at the bottom of this post. Just do yourself a favor: when you get to the FIFA 14 “exhibition match” at 01:36, skip it. Whatever your sins may be, you don’t deserve to lose all those brain cells.