Monday during an annual pre-Tokyo Games Show press conference Sony released all sorts of news including the PlayStation Vita TV (link to other article) and a new model of the PlayStation Vita (link to other article) but Sony also had some bad news.
Japan, who used to always be Sony’s first market, will have to wait until February 22nd for the PlayStation 4. This is an extremely long wait for Japan as the PS4 will be released in North America on November 15th – almost 3 months earlier. The good news is that it will be roughly the same price, 39,900 Japanese Yen ($400), in Japan as it is in other regions.
Some, such as me, see this as Sony making sure it has the time and resources to make sure they win the battle against Microsoft’s Xbox One (link to xboxone article) in the regions that Xbox seems to sell the best. Sony wants to be dedicated to the fans and make sure they have the resources to change whatever needs to be changed immediately after launch. Others might see this as Sony not wanting to release a product that isn’t up to Japanese Gaming standards, which would in turn mean Sony may be releasing an unfinished product (since they need 3 months’ time to work on it before releasing the PlayStation 4 in Japan). The answer awaits us on November 15th.