February 22nd! Launch day for the PS4 in Japan! What games were people buying? We were dying to know. Of course, nobody in line was really thinking about other consoles. But, we had to ask anyways.
Launch day of the PlayStation 4 in Japan started at midnight with a Sony countdown event and some stores having midnight sales, but most game retailers decided to wait at least until daylight to open their doors.
The, of course, there were the consoles sold via online retailers.
Japanese multimedia store chain, Yodobashi Camera, began sale of the PS4 at 7AM. I hopped an early train to see what the line – if there was one – was like. At 6AM, there were already about 30 to 40 people lined up. It was a quiet launch, especially compared to the PS3 launch day chaos. I took the opportunity to ask some people the following questions:
1. What game are you here for?
2. Do you own a Wii U?
3. Do you plan to get an Xbox One?
This is not scientific! It's anything but. Still, the results are as follows:
Yakuza Ishin! 6 people
Battlefield 4 4 people
Killzone 4 people
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag 2 people
Call of Duty: Ghosts 1 person
Need for Speed Rivals 1 person
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends 1 person
Obviously, this was a group of gamers who were there for the PS4 on launch day, so there already is a bit of a bias. If anything, it was nice to see people enthusiastic for something they enjoy. Hey, it was nice to see people!