Sony’s PlayStation 4 has proved rather popular on a worldwide scale, and three months ago we knew that the console had shifted seven million units. Obviously in that time the figure would have risen much further, but the uptake in Japan as has been considerably slower than Sony had expected. Since the console’s launch in the nation back in February the total number sold has been 620,000 units.
Andrew House spoke to Eurogamer about this trend pinning blame on the fact there are very few games from Japanese publishers available on the console, and that the developers are rather happy with the PS3 at the minute. That comfort with the last generation console led Japanese developers to being a bit wary about the new console, and didn’t want to throw a lot of money behind an unproven machine. In tandem with the lack of Japanese developed games, House also believes the lack of streaming services has had an effect.
“We’ll see over time great games coming from Japanese publishers and developers. That’s point number one. Point number two, which is hampering us a little bit, is for a variety of other structural reasons around the entertainment industry in Japan, we’re not seeing that secondary usage. Those two are colluding together.”
While that may be the case the rise of mobile gaming in Japan can’t be ignored as that industry takes a huge percentage of the marketshare. However we’ll soon see Japanese directed games hitting the console with the likes of Bloodborne, The Evil Within, and Natural Doctrine, so maybe those will help shift consoles.