Sony Continues To Suffer from Twitter Fallout following PS4 Language Announcement

Yesterday, Sony announced that it would not support Arabic text in the PS4. This announcement stirred up trouble on twitter. The ire of people wanting Arabic support has followed Sony into today, and if the past is any indication, the company won't stop receiving the request until Arabic text becomes supported.

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grumpc2776d ago

guess I'll just have to make do with english, damn, was looking forward to arabic...

xHeavYx2776d ago

I guess you can't be too worried if the biggest complaint your company has is not supporting the Arabic language

black0o2776d ago

as an arabian i'd luv to see the OS support it, but by the end of the day most of us luv to keep the English as the main language ''localizations sucks most of the time"

and this fuzz isnt new there are forms that were demanding this for along time for ps3/vita

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MWong2776d ago

If this is the only thing Sony has to worry about at launch I'm cool with that. Sony said it will address the issue anyways.

minimur122776d ago

To be honest, being as Arabic is backwards, wouldn't it be pretty hard to successfully doing it without making it look a bit weird?

It is arabic that's backwards (for us) isn't it?

b163o12776d ago


Completely uncalled for, comments like that suggest that you have the mind of a six year old (6yo). I hate immature people on this site...

Orange2776d ago


Way to make westerners look like a-holes. How would you like death being rained on your suburban sh*thole?

If anything, the misery over there makes escapism even more important.

Mounce2776d ago

@HeavY - Well, apparently not including Arabic is making Sony 'Suffer' more than anything else.

I'd love to read such sensationalist, exaggerated news stories on how Not allowing 8 controllers makes Sony 'Suffer', and PSN+ Being mandatory for the most part makes Sony also 'Suffer'...

This is trivial, but inconvenient news to those who ONLY speak Arabic use the word 'Suffer' is just idiotic imho

MazzingerZ2775d ago

It does support for instance Swedish but when I need to google about a setting I need to switch to English to google the english word as for the swedish one I barely get some hits

When I game on my PS3 I use English as system language on the other hand when my kids use it I switch to Swedish, so that support is very convenient when you have small kids that want to play some LBP without me needing to be there letting them know where the games menu is

But who knows, maybe the new UI is easier to navigate for kids regardless of system language, they just want to find their game, don't care about the rest of the options.

I am just happy PS4 is releasing in my country dayone

DAS6922775d ago

...The fuck is Arabic?

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fardan852776d ago

Well, It doesn't personally bother me for not having Arabic lang on ps4 but I kinda feel bad for gamers who can't speak Eng.
Ps4 should support Arabic language.

harbie2776d ago

None of the games will, who the hell cares if the menus are in Arabic?! Stupid.

Ittoryu2776d ago (Edited 2776d ago )

not to mention the system isn't even available in Arabic countries there pissed because they won't be able to buy boot leg copies, that's all the SOB buy anyway.

Shake_Zula2776d ago

Just to explain, it's a programming issue with PS4's FreeBSD core or even the database backend that runs everything. Basically, most languages that contain non-UTF8 characters have a UTF-8 equivalent. Japanese Kanji correlating Romanji is a good example. Arabic is one of the languages that only uses one character set, and it isn't UTF-8.

To be fair, MS's Windows can't even do it all the way, and at most times it is sloppy. The fact of the matter is that while spoken languages should be treated equally, most programming languages were developed in the US meaning that the UTF-8 standard is needed 90% of the time.

indysurfn2776d ago

@shake_zula that was one of the most accurate and well thought out messages on this thread. I think the reason you only have one like so far(me) is people are not knowledgeable enough about programming and languages. I'm here to second your comment!

Kenshin_BATT0USAI2775d ago

Most Arabic speaking places happen to be English spoken/written places as well. In other words, for most of them, it's a matter of preference, not necessity. And given that Arabic localization isn't exactly in heavy support, it becomes even more of a moot point since most of them play their games in English anyway.

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Eonjay2776d ago

This is good though. I like that people are taking to twitter to take their concerns directly to the company. Hopefully, they will get Arabic support. My only question is, will the PS4 even be available in Arabic countries at launch? If so, they should definitely have this feature.

black0o2776d ago (Edited 2776d ago )

yes it's .. 399€ since ME is R2, and virgin megastore and others start taking preorders right after E3

Eddie201012776d ago

PS3 didn't have Arobic language support and nothing was ever heard or said bout it, but now that it's PS4 and its doing better than the xbox one there a lot being said about it.

I understand that there are people concerned about this but i would bet tht the majority of complaints are coming from Xbots trolling. Desperate.

maddskull2775d ago

i wouldnt say that. I am an arabic person but i dont need that feature but others need it their are many arabs that need arabic support and i would like that because it would be an improvement in the arabic gaming community and sometimes when i send messages to my friend i prefer if i could write in arabic and many big games are making full arabic support PES, Tomb raider, Rayma, FIFA, AC4, and other games because they know that the arabic gaming community is big

Eddie201012775d ago

Xbox 360 doesn't have Arabic language support PS3 doesn't have it and there was not a big uproar about it until it was confirmed that the PS4 will not have it at launch, probably because it is not releasing in Arabic countries at launch.

But Sony did confirm that they are working on adding Arabic support.

But we are still getting this nonsense
about it.

I hope it is added soon for the Arab speaking people but I still find it hard to believe that all the commotion over this issue is coming from Arabic speaking people and not from people with a cirtian interest adding there two cents worth.

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ALLWRONG2776d ago

So the millions of people who speak Arabic get screwed?

kane_13712775d ago

Arabic is not the onlyl language so chill and don't play the role of victim

ALLWRONG2775d ago

It's called "roll reversal" or I like to call it "karma"

Orange2776d ago (Edited 2776d ago )

@iMixMasTer872 doesn't mean you can't make yourself heard.

malol2775d ago (Edited 2775d ago )

Arabs have always asked for this but never got it.

PS3,2,1 didn't have Arabic and most likly never well

xbox1,360,one never have and never well, no console ever had Arabic and most likely also never well

as a native Arabic speaker as much as this is saddening to know but this is a fact we'll have to live with

showtimefolks2775d ago

english is fine as it was with ps3, some people will complain no matter what

Consoldtobots2775d ago

sounds like something for Arabs to worry about, personally I couldn't give two ......

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DialgaMarine2776d ago

Yoshida already hinted at it coming eventually. Probably just not a Day 1 thing because the system isn't launching in Arabic countries Day 1. PS3 had Arabic text. No reason why PS4 won't get it.

But since I'm in before the Xbots... ZOMG! Teh Sony PoS4 is doooooooooomed!!!

theWB272776d ago

Seriously, I don't understand why the Sony camp thinks about the X1 more than the PS4. On second thought, I do.

Really, that's the Sony camp who pretends the X1 is going to fall on its face and sell abysmal numbers causing Microsoft to pull the X1 off shelves in 3 months because the awesometasticfantabulous ultraearthshatteringpower of the GGDD44R6 ram is too much and everyone will gravitate towards the PS4 and it'll concur humankindzzz.

The Xcamp usually just brings you guys back down to earth, tell you it's not that much better, then go back and appreciate what Microsoft is trying to do.

Tony-A2776d ago

That's cute. You just described exactly what PS3 fanboys were doing back in the early days of this generation.

Don't be too surprised about it, kid. They're just returning the favor for those that did the same to them. It's better they do it now than when the XBO is actually out and doing its own thing, don't you think? Up until then, it's just pre-game trash talk.

GenericNameHere2776d ago

Lolz what? I don't remember specifically who it was, but I seem to remember reading several Xbots here commenting, saying how there's so much Xbone hate because the PS fanboys are horrible and control the gaming media! Every small bad article about Xbone, and the fanboys come in, cry, and pretend they're the victims against the tyranny of Mark "Hitler" Cerny and Kaz "Lucifer" Hirai!

NOW you're saying "Xcamp usually just brings you guys back down to earth"? That's very hyprocritical, especially coming from you Xbots.

Anyways, rant aside, I hope Arabic gets added as language ASAP. Wouldnt want to miss out on potential sales, no matter how big or small the impact is.

CGI-Quality2776d ago

Your problem is you take this console war stuff just as serious as the people you're calling out. Thus, you're no better.

OT: I'm sure this will be sorted. If it's the worst thing to happen to the PS4, I think it will be fine.

MysticStrummer2776d ago

"I don't understand why the Sony camp thinks about the X1 more than the PS4."

...said the MS fan commenting on a PS4 article.

You might understand it once you realize it's wishful thinking on your part. What's going on right now is just the mirror image of the pre-PS3/360 days, except then it was MS fans doing most of the hating.

How can the Xcamp bring anyone down to earth when they're falling for all the pie in the sky marketing BS MS can churn out?

KwietStorm_BLM2776d ago

And what exactly are you doing right now, in this particular PS4 article? Just camping out?

theWB272776d ago (Edited 2776d ago )

Yes, I take the war so seriously it prevented me from owning a PS3 and liking anything Sony related.

N4G has me in such a rage Im boycotting the PS4. It's still fun to see you guys in such a tizzy.

I don't have any problem commenting on Sony articles, even being a Xbox fan. I supported Sony this whole gen owning a PS3 and buying their games and still plan on the same next gen.

You guys give yourself too much credit.

Is there a rule somewhere stating I can't enter Sony articles? I read both news...I go after Sony fans online, enjoy their games in real life. Easy stuff...

See that's the beautiful part about this all, I don't have to explain why I want to spend an extra 100 bucks on an X1.

Whiny's whatever makes you feel better ; )

xHeavYx2776d ago

Wow, theWB ( whiny boy?) just got a nomination for l amest comment.
Come back when you can explain why you have to pay an extra $100 for a weaker gaming machine from a company that is known for abandoning their hardcore community.
I think you are too high on the clouds (lil pun)

MysticStrummer2776d ago

"I don't have any problem commenting on Sony articles, even being a Xbox fan. I supported Sony this whole gen owning a PS3 and buying their games and still plan on the same next gen."

I don't have a problem with you commenting in PS4 articles either, even if you never bought a Sony console in your life, but your assertion that the "Sony camp" thinks about the XB1 more than the PS4 is just comical.

N4G has articles about every platform, and anyone can comment on them whether or not they use a particular system. It doesn't mean they're obsessing over that system. It means they're a gamer with an opinion about a gaming platform.

Hicken2776d ago

Why are you so full of yourself?

You seem to believe you have some special insight into a group whose members you've created yourself, but you really just come off like a hypocrite. You're extremely quick to call someone with a different opinion a Sony fanboy in an Xbox article, but- like all your predecessors like MikeMyers- you never call out your compatriots for doing the same thing.

Whether you think someone's a fanboy or not, they can express their opinion on whatever article they please, just as you do.

If you can't stand em, there are other gaming-related sites out there. Nobody's forcing you to stay here.

trafalger2776d ago

"you never call out your compatriots for doing the same thing"


TomShoe2776d ago

Generic fanboyism at its finest.

JackBNimble2776d ago

@ theWB27

So you want to play console war eh? That's fine , but why would you pick this particular article to voice your childish rant? I am sure there are plenty of " 5 reasons PS4 is better" articles to troll ... isn't there?

Odd ... very odd.

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maddskull2775d ago

actually it is coming to Arabic countries in day 1 i live in 1 and it will come to arabic countries just ike Europe

PirateKing2776d ago

They will add it at a later time if the demand for it is high enough, not even that big of a deal.

Shake_Zula2776d ago

Nah, don't think so unless they switch up the core programming language. Neither PS3 nor 360 doesn't have it either.

It's just an extremely hard language to program for because of the character set.

Tony-A2776d ago

Just what I was thinking. Apparently this is the kind of "bad news" Sony has to deal with. They're pretty lucky considering this will be taken care of with a simple update down the line.

Nintendo has to deal with the masses saying Wii U is doomed to low sales figures and you got everyone trashing just about every aspect of the XBO. I'd say this is about the best "bad news" a company can get.

MizTv2776d ago

As long as its in English I'm happy

OrangePowerz2776d ago

Especially since probably 99% of the games will be in English as it is now. :)

I fully support that people want to have something in their own language. Probably the bigger issue would be most games not being in Arabic as they have more text and can be far more difficult to get through if you don`t understand the language, compared to an OS that has little text.

PSN-JeRzYzFyNeSt2776d ago

who cares.. just delete that arabic language

Thehyph2776d ago

Yeah..... and let's go back to Roman numerals as well... not.

Jihaad_cpt2776d ago

maybe they can delete America? Or just his family or gene pool either or would be great

Consoldtobots2775d ago

and someone calling himself "jihaad captain" saying delete America isn't equally offensive?

you ppl get no pity from me, live by the sword die by it.

Jihaad_cpt2774d ago

@consoldtobots I never said it's less offensive or more. I was merely showing that stating opinions can be offensive. Firstly I happen to be very moderate, America is a great country despite it's morally bankrupt attitude to the world. The next thing my name is clearly not understood, Jihaad meaning struggle and cpt being the abbreviation of my home town Cape Town. I don't care about receiving your pity I dont require it. Just educate yourself. My opinion shouldnt bother you any more than his bothered me