Wait, what? Isn’t PSVR already out in Japan? You bet it is. And yet, this morning, there were long lines at retailers across the country.
The reason being that a new shipment of PSVR headsets hit Japanese shops today. Demand was so high at some locations that people had to line up for a chance to buy.
This morning major retailers like Bic Camera and Sofmap passed out raffle tickets between 9am and 10am with winners announced starting at noon. Those lucky folks could then purchase the PlayStation VR between 12pm and 4pm.
Here’s how the raffle results were posted at the Sofmap in Akihabara.
Folks holding these numbers were able to buy the PSVR. That means that not everyone who waited was able to get the headset.
More amazing is that in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo, people started lining up last night!
At 11:30pm, there were already 50 people at the Yodobashi Camera in Osaka’s Umeda.
The Yodobashi Camera in Tokyo’s Shinjuku sold out by 1:26am.
Below is the Bic Camera in Ikebukuro this morning.
Remember, this is a weekday!
And Yodobashi Camera in Osaka’s Umeda.
This Twitter user guessed that by 6:46am, there might have been over 250 people in like at that Yodobashi Camera in Umeda.
According to Twitter user Kaztsu, around two hundred people lined up at the Yodobashi Camera in Tokyo’s Akihabara. (Also, Kaztsu says there were folks lined up intending to resell the PSVR online. Of course there were!)
Japan’s interest in the PlayStation VR should not come as a total surprise. The hardware’s launch last October drew long lines.
In case you missed it, you can read Kotaku’s PlayStation VR review right here.
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