Poll Reveals that Japan May be Losing Interest in Home Consoles

It’s well known that in Japan home consoles are overwhelmed by portable ones in terms of popularity, but the Japanese may be losing further interest at the outset of a new generation.

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Abash1937d ago

This is why Sony needs to release the PS4 in Japan as soon as they can. I want the majority of Japanese developers to support it very early on and the faster it starts getting into Japanese gamers hands the faster that will happen.

Kalowest1937d ago (Edited 1937d ago )

This isn't really hard to believe, since they've been moving towards cellphones and handhelds for awhile now.
@Abash so Sony releasing the PS4 might not have such a big impact as you might think.

ritsuka6661937d ago

I have a hard time seeing the PS4 reviving the market in Japan as its slowly dying off. I also have a hard time swing people buy new consoles that are really expensive like PS4.

windblowsagain1936d ago (Edited 1936d ago )

I have a decent phone that can play the latest games.

I recently bought my son a VITA/3DS.

I've played them as well, and there are alot of good games for it.

But i still don't think they compare to Home consoles. But i suppose if your on the move all the time that's all you would care about.

Also how relevant are Arcades anymore, In the uk not so much, Not sure about Japan.

As for Console type gameplay and story etc, i found Uncharted golden abyss comes close.

Tapewurm1936d ago

As long as Sony stays true to the "PS4/Vita Remote Play for every game" promise and if you digitally download most of your main games....and as long as there is a viable high speed internet wifi connection near you, your Vita will basically be a portable PS4. All of your games on the go will be sweet. I love the Vita and am so looking forward to the PS4 release.

Aery1936d ago

Wow, looks like an homemade pool ... 2144 people ?!? Ok ...

"May" losing interest in home console ?!
I can't believe how much generic are some articles.

*Go to play FTL*

zeee1936d ago

I agree this is a tiny poll to even take seriously but still, I COULD see this happening and that's not because of smartphones/tablets. This happens when your current-gen consoles are 7 years old. This is not healthy for the industry. Not healthy at all.

grimmweisse1936d ago

I hardly see people on the JR or Metro lines in Tokyo playing on PSP/Vitas or 3DSs, the majority is mobile phone gaming. Card battling games have become a massive trend in Japan among students and adults. Every week there seems to be a new card game out.

I don't if this will actually kills off the console market, or just a blip in the Japanese market.

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MrWonderful1937d ago

No this is why the vita needs a ton more support. I love being able to play on the go and the vita is a very capable machine. I'd give my spare kidney for a mmo on the vita

Saigon1937d ago

I guess this is one reason why they will rely on the Vita and PS4 remote game play.

Belking1937d ago

It doesn't matter when they release pS4 over there. this article is mostly right. Japan is losing interest in home consoles. Their interest in ps3 drop way down and it was never there for xbox. The numbers prove they they are more interested in portable gaming. Mainly from nintendo. I always thought that country was strange when it came to their gaming taste.

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LAZL0-Panaflex1936d ago (Edited 1936d ago )

Two words: birth charts.
Japan officially has more geezers than youths (scientifically speaking) not to mention they have like .4 kids per family. Damn shame if u ask me....hottest chicks on the planet...and china just popping out boys and aborting girls= disaster.

The sony / Nintendo dibacle is only going to get worse although Sony is going west with the more americanesque control and shoot em ups. Uncharted, killzone.
Let's not forget that hunk of horseshit quantum theory. That was Japan's/tecmo's critique of the entire American people...enphatuation with muscles, guns, and chicks in spandexall true but the game was just not good. But that game is evidence that they are trying which is good because rpgs just ain't popular like they use to be. They'll always be there but we seen in 360 numbers the winning recipe. Sony is even charging for online now because they know the formula now....RAM, shoot em ups, freedom, achievement/trophies, connectivity/cross game chat, variety, exclusives, big comfortable controlled, oh yeah and CHICKS in spandex.

Good news for us. So next time u call Sony when your ps3 has a CPU fart, and you get a Lew Humplefink or mike Hernandez instead of a Johnny grateful....they're doing this for us!......oh yeah,...and they're damn near extinct.

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amuadiv1937d ago

This gen was very long so I can see why.

shivvy241937d ago

i reckon we should have went next gen after uncharted 3 ( 2 yrs ago )


I don't think so... 2 years ago was 2011, by March Japan suffered that major earthquake/tsunami and by April Sony suffered the PSN outage (and PSN was down the whole next month). It was about as hard on economy as it could get for Sony that year.

Also, considering the whole PS4 development, there were no way they could have even been thinking of releasing a next gen console that year and thankfully so, cause those 2011 events would hurt 'em badly, maybe beyond recovering...

Not to mention how underpowered PS4 would look now in comparison to Xbox One.

OrangePowerz1937d ago

2144 people is a very small number and it doesn't go into details of age group and so on. I wouldn't take it as indication for anything.

Timesplitter141937d ago (Edited 1937d ago )

look at the japanese sales numbers of the PS2 and PS3. They're pretty low compared to other regions. Only 9 million PS3s sold in japan since its launch. Compare this to 20 million for PSP and 30 million for DS. I think this is highly indicative that japan is losing interest in consoles.

In Japan, the DS sold more than PS2 and PS3 combined....

OrangePowerz1937d ago

So did the gameboy in Japan. DS sales are, like iPhone sales, not indicative because people buy 2 or 3 of them as they get a new one with every redesign. The original DS design was completely crap and you had no other choice then to get the redesigned.

PS1 and PS2 had little competition sales wise with the N64 and GCN. PS3 had more competition with the Wii this time. The PS3 lost 70 million in sales over the PS2 world wide because of the stronger competition this gen. With the Wii U failing at the moment and Xbone being obviously no contender in Japan anyway they could get back to the high numbers again next gen in Japan.

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fullmetal1561937d ago

Or it could be that japan has lost interest in polls.

310dodo1937d ago

who cares?

I am not Jpapanese.
SONY is a Japanese country, but truly USA and Europe are Sonys bread and butter for gaming.

Japanese play weird games, and mostly play handheld systems.
Good for them.
Keep my PS4 coming to USA first (all I care about)

fsfsxii1937d ago

I'd take a weird japanese game over any western FPS dude bro games, if there was no JRPGs on home consoles i would've jumped ship a long time ago

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