Sony delays PS4 release in Japan

Technology Trends & Culture - September 10th, 2013

Avid gamers in Japan will have to wait another year before they can get their hands on Sony’s PlayStation 4.

During a press conference ahead of the Tokyo Games Show, Sony announced it will launch its latest video game console in Japan in February 2014.

The PS4 is still set to debut in North and South America, as well as Europe, in November.

Andrew House, chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment, said the setback was caused by a shortage of games for the Japanese market.

Japanese game developers are slower to adapt to the trend toward networked, multiplayer games, according to House.

“It has been something of a learning curve for Japanese developers in getting up to speed with the networked style of play,” House said in an interview Monday.

“We need to make sure we have great games for Japanese consumers in place.”

Microsoft also delayed the Japanese release date of its new Xbox One to 2014. The brand has floundered in Japan but has performed well in North American and European markets.

Sony hopes the next-generation console will turn around the performance of the company’s electronics business. The PS4 has received favorable early reviews from the gaming community due in part to a $399 price – $100 less than the Xbox One.

By: Maesie Bertumen

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