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The PS4 is selling like hot cakes all over the world…except in Japan. But why?

RN24: "While selling one million units of anything is hardly something to be ashamed of, consumers in the UK – a country with a population roughly half that of Japan’s – had snapped up one million PlayStation 4s by September 2014–after only 42 weeks on the market. It took Japan nearly a year to hit that number. By comparison, the console’s predecessor, PlayStation 3, sold one million units in Japan in only nine months.

So, what’s the deal?"

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itsjustexuma890d ago

It sold more than 1 Million the PS4 is felling fine lol

joab777890d ago

Exactly. Just wait for Bloodborne and Persona 5. Then we can address this again.

mikeslemonade890d ago

They got bad taste in games that's why.

user5575708890d ago

it's pretty simple. the japanese are more into handhelds than home consoles. they've sold more ps vita's than ps4's there and the 3ds has sold extremely well

NewMonday890d ago

PS is the top console in Japan, the problem is that handhelds are much more popular.

Griever890d ago

I agree. It is not a mystery why the consoles in Japan have not been selling as well as the last gen or the gen before them (PS2). The Japanese games development has seen a major decline and there arent many Japanese games on home consoles. During the PS2 era there were numerous AA and AAA Japanese RPGs, Horror and Adventure/Action games etc. Now most of the smaller developers have closed down and bigger ones are very wary of releasing anything that might not sell good enough. As a result, Japanese games developement as slowed to a crawl on home consoles. We have lost so many Japanese franchises: Breath of Fire, Suikoden, Dino Crisis, Megaman, Arc the Lad, Wild Arms, Shadow Hearts and many more. They have instead moved to the handhelds where it is cheaper to develop games without fear of failure and the Japanese gamers have followed them to the handhelds. It is not the failure of the home consoles; it is just that the industry has changed due to rise of WEstern games development.

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Abash890d ago

Compared to the way every other console is performing in Japan, it is selling like hotcakes there

bf000777966890d ago

at least it is 100 times better than xbone

brish890d ago

"The PS4 is selling like hot cakes all over the world…except in Japan. But why?"

The ps4 was released in japan later than other areas:

"The console was released on November 15, 2013 in the United States and Canada, followed by further releases on November 29, 2013.[3] By the end of 2013, the PS4 was launched in more European, Asian and South American countries, ahead of the console's Japanese début on February 22, 2014.[35][36]"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

spacedelete890d ago

1 million consoles sold in Japan is actually a big deal. consoles are dead there but PS4 still sells a million. thats good not bad like the troll article trys to make it out to be. remind me how many Xbox Ones have sold in Japan ?

Blaze929890d ago

Japanese consumers aren't as easily influenced to buy into hype. Release a game they care about and they'll see

Gamer1982890d ago (Edited 890d ago )

Because.. Wait for it.. Japan is small.. Also it released in Japan last meaning they are behind everybody else.

gapecanpie889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

Because they have moved on to much more powerful PC gaming and handhelds and slowly but surely the rest of the world will catch on ....

Even the ps3 sold like sh*t compared to PSone and ps2... ps3 was the start of the decline and its only going to get worst.... PC even the ones with those s*itty apu processors are the future... Japan is just the first too realize this.

deadpoolio316889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

Uh NO Japan is not into "much more powerful PC" gaming...Handhelds and smartphones... Sales will also explode when Japanese developed games like Persona release...

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uth11890d ago

Isn't it the lack of Japanese games? Seems like PS4 sales really picked up in Japan once they started coming. That and the fact mobile is more popular over there.

IGiveHugs2NakedWomen890d ago

Japanese gamers are into on smartphones, Vita, and 3DS more than consoles.

DoggyBiscuit890d ago

Is because Japanese gamers rather play the Vita and the 3DS

Jaqen_Hghar890d ago

The entire home console market in Japan continues to shrink every year. So that could be it.

Pillsbury1890d ago

The mobile market is booming in Japan, more people over there want to play their games on the go.