Sony Japan President: Japanese Developers Want to "Bet on PS4" due to High Sales in the West

By Giuseppe Nelva

February 20, 2014

We’re only a day away from the release of the PS4 in Japan and Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia President Hiroshi Kawano is confident about the console’s future and the support it’s going to receive from Japanese developers, as he told Game Watch in an interview:

Kawano-san explained that the amazing initial sales of the console and the momentum that keeps the numbers growing are creating a sense of excitement in Japan that has spread not only between users, but also between developers, that are now saying “let’s make a game for the PS4.”

Both strong sales and the ability to play remotely on PS Vita are giving developers a feeling of safety and the companies that say “I want to bet on PS4” or “let’s make a game quickly” is increasing steadily.

Kawano-san also mentioned that while the PS4 is aimed mainly to core gamers, it’s also important for it to be an entertainment hub in order to grow a wider fanbase, for instance with anime streaming and interactive educational content.

He also feels that on the side of proper games it may possible to offer various forms of entertainment that include gaming-like characteristics.

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One thing is for sure: tomorrow will be a big day for gamers in Japan. Quite a few are already lined up in front of the biggest electronic stores that are said to have day one stock, and pre-orders seem to be considerable, at least from what Kawano-san said himself in previous interviews.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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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