The PS4 launches in Japan tonight; watch the special event here

Speakers include Sony execs Andrew House and Shuhei Yoshida; designers like Hideo Kojima and Final Fantasy's Shinji Hashimoto also in attendance.

The PlayStation 4 officially goes on sale in Japan in just a few hours and Sony is holding a special launch event to mark the occasion. You can watch a stream of the event here on Ustream or in this story below, though it's likely to be conducted in Japanese.

Speakers during the event include Sony executives like SCE CEO Andrew House, SCE Asia president Hiroshi Kono, and SCE president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida.

Special guests attending the PS4 launch event include Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, as well as Final Fantasy designers Shinji Hashimoto and Naoki Yoshida. Also in attendance will be Yakuza series director Nagoshi Minoru Hiroshi and Sega producer Masayoshi Yokoyama.

The event officially kicks off at 22:30 local time, or just about 30 minutes from now.

The PS4 has already sold more than 5.3 million units worldwide, and this figure stands to grow when the system launches in Sony's home country of Japan later today. When the PS4 launches tonight in Japan, it will be available in 49 territories worldwide. By comparison, the Xbox One is currently on sale in 13 countries and has no announced launch date for Japan.

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118 comments
SEADRIVE
SEADRIVE

Japan is a guaranteed buyer of PS4s...and they probably have millions ready to fly off shelves.  Now, I am waiting for Microsoft to get off their arrogant thrones and wake up!  If the average games does not want Kinect, but you may have some decent usage in the years to come you don't charge people for it.  Bill Gates once quoted that a smart company makes a product that people need and can't live with...how has Kinect done this?  I know that in the future there may be some great uses of Kinect that did not show it's face last generation, but don't charge everyone for this...lower the damn price and increase sales. Sony has learned their lesson from their arrogant start last generation and now Microsoft follows suit.  I have 5- 360s, 3 I use in my classroom at lunch and only 1 ps3.  Now I have a ps4 and am awaiting either an amazing Halo, Gears or Crackdown...will this take 2 years to happen?  If so, Microsoft has made some stupid decisions this time around!  I don't buy consoles to run tv shows people!!!!  Sony good for you and I hope sales and great software keep flowing along!


Regarding Microsoft's lack of launch in Japan so far, I support this choice...this is actually the only smart decision that Microsoft has made so far really.  Japan does not like foreign consoles and that's simply the fact.  

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

i wonder why they waited so long to release it in japan? perhaps to build up enough stock when it sold like hotcakes? one can only ponder.

Jay2528
Jay2528

Still hard to believe that it took till this month for the PS4 to get released in Japan. I would have thought Japan would have been among the first to get the PS4.

thekorican
thekorican

Wow they have a lot of great Dev showing up to speak!!  Seems like they might hit a Million sales in a few days.
  Also is that Deadpool's glove I see in that image above.  It's the second hand on the left.

maxpowr3
maxpowr3

No Brack Friday Bundurus?

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

So it's time to see the Ps4's sales get a x2 bonus?

Celsius765
Celsius765

ooooh Nintendo should borrow Sony's advertisement team

tom2750
tom2750

new crash bandicoot game just got confirmed its a joint operation between naughty dog and Sony santa monica fuck yes i have been waiting for this day for so many years!!!

tom2750
tom2750

@19James89 @Celsius765 @SteamyPotatoes @tom2750  yeh apparently Sony and Activision signed a deal so Sony devs could make 1 more crash game if its as good as the original 3 then hopefully Sony either signs more deals to make more games or offers a generous enough offer so Activision sell the rights to crash back to Sony so they can make as many new crash games as they want

sakaixx
sakaixx

1 million 1st hour in japan and totalling 24 million in the first 24 hours.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Ah yes.......another 5 million PS4 will be sold within a month in Japan.

asclepiusx
asclepiusx

whoa, what?  I didn't know the PS4 hadn't launched in Sony's home country yet.  Surprising.  

megamatics
megamatics

Buying the first one must suck because they'll pose with you... If it were Me, I'd be making an excuse to leave. 

sakaixx
sakaixx

lol congrats soldier guy for your ps4 !

PS4andXoneGamer
PS4andXoneGamer

So its officially out in Japan. Time for PS4 to dominate even more

megamatics
megamatics

Why is that person in full combat gear ? Are they Cosplaying Call of Duty ? 

meedokicky
meedokicky

I understand everything they say, except for the Japanese parts.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

How will Sony sell PS4s in Japan when there is no Hot Shots Golf,no Tekken,no Dynasty Warriors,no RPG...hmmmm

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

You just wait SONY when the XBONE launches in japan......THEN the XBONE sales will uproar

vorbzv
vorbzv

MC in Japan has the worst rep ever... Nobody in japan likes xbox or Microsoft

troll_eat_troll
troll_eat_troll

PC aside, WiiU and XB1 are too superior, no worthy comparison.

Ouya vs PS4 is more fair, crap vs crap and both no games but Ouya is $300 cheaper therefore....

Ouya > PS4