More Announcements To Come After PS4 Launch Says Sony Japan

By Sato . January 18, 2014 . 5:00pm

While most of the world is already enjoying Sony’s next-gen console, Japan still has over a month in waiting for their turn. Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia president Hiroshi Kawano gives us a little insight on the subject and more during a recent interview with Famitsu.


“As for the release timing [in Japan,] we put a lot of serious thought into it,” Kawano tells Famitsu. “We very well understand that many of you were disappointed by the fact that the Japanese release date would be later than other regions. Our staff members, who love the PlayStation and are also considered a group of players themselves, strongly suggested ‘let’s release it in Japan first’.”


“It was a decision that came after a lot of brainstorming from everyone,” continues Kawano. “However, since it was decided, we need to prove with our own actions that we care deeply for our customers in Japan. I believe it will be an effort that we will continue to work on from this point on.”


Famitsu then points out that the release date of 2/22 being a repdigit number is quite characteristic of Sony.


“Actually, we decided on the release without being aware of the number’s order,” says Kawano. “Firstly, we wanted to definitely release it within the year, and then have it released on a Saturday, which was our main premise. It would have been tough to prepare for release right after New Year’s in January, and we also didn’t want to make it too much later. After narrowing it down and deciding on February, it just happened to be on that date.”


Next, Famitsu asks Kawano to share his thoughts on the lineup of launch titles Sony has in store for Japan.


“We have 26 titles that are set to be simultaneously released, but what I’m looking forward to seeing is the rich variety of titles between the Japanese publishers we regularly meet and titles from Europe and America,” answers Kawano. “Lately, games from the west have been really heating up, so I’m very interested in seeing how you all will select your titles.”


Launch titles aside, Famitsu asks if it’s safe to assume that we’ll be hearing announcements of new titles afterwards.


“We plan on having releases on a constant basis,” responds Kawano. “In March, we’ll have Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes from Konami’s director Hideo Kojima, and after that, well, we haven’t been able to announce them yet, but we have all kinds of titles lined up. At the moment, we’re currently reviewing how we should be announcing them, so please look forward to it.”



That said, since the PlayStation 3 is still Sony’s main console, we’ll still see new titles being announced consistently for it, despite it being considered a previous generation console. Famitsu asks Kawano to share his opinions on how long the period of “co-existence” will last between PS3 and PS4.


“It’s really hard to say,” shares Kawano. “When you think about the hardware and software separately, the PS3’s popularity is really spread out, so for the game creators to offer a new title for it, comes naturally. As for the hardware, they’ll still sell as part of bundles, so it’ll really be up to the players and their decisions.”


“However, as for us, it’s safe to say that we’ll be strategizing with the PlayStation 4 as our main focus.”

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  • Spirit Macardi

    Unless one of those announcements is for a brand new PS4 model with full backwards compatibility, I’ll stick with the consoles I have for now.

    • waterblaze123

      You do realise that it would increase the price of the system and it kinda shows how much you know about nothing… The architecture of the PS4 to the PS3 is entirely different as soon as they said x86 I knew it wouldn’t have backwards compatibility. Just ughh… Some people really need to use their heads.

      • I have an x64 processor and I’m using an x86 program to add this comment.

      • tubers

        TBH, how much does the PS3 chipset cost? I’m assuming nothing more than 1/4 of the cheapest PS3.

        I seriously doubt Sony engineers aren’t able to make a PS4 that has both a PS4 APU and PS3 chipset in a single device (isn’t that how early PS3 models that have PS2 h/w in them, are?),

        Sell it for $ 100 more than the current PS4.

        Let’s be honest here. Sony is gunning to push PS Now as much as it would like to so that’s not happening.

        They also want to sell more of the current PS3 stocks.

        • KnifeAndFork

          Pretty much

          I mean how hard is it for the PS4 to have MP3 support? But we all know why they removed that…

        • DanielGearSolid

          Why do ppl continue to beat this dead horse…

          Contrary to what you believe BC is only wanted by the minority of ppl that buy these consoles. The internet makes it seem like it’s the majority(I know I want it) but that’s just not the case.

          Your random rough estimates don’t make it any less true that BC would be an added expense, for the consumer and Sony, that most of their customers won’t use

    • Kaetsu

      As much as I would love to get a PS4 with PS3 backwards compatibility, it wouldn’t be possible because of the PS4’s architecture. Unless Sony wants to tape a PS3 and a PS4 together and sell it for $650 I don’t see it happening.

      • brostar

        I don’t see why they couldn’t of advertised a secondary edition of the PS4 with the PS3 backwards compatibility specifically for the launch. For people who don’t care about BC they could just get the regular one. And the people who want it will have to pay extra. Then over time they could just phase that one out like with the PS3. Options are good.

        • Kaetsu

          Options may be good but if the things cost 600-700$ and a lot of people have PS3s anyway, I don’t see it selling very well.

        • waterblaze123

          The problem with this is that it doesn’t make sense it is a launch console they cannot just release two edition straight off the bat.. It doesn’t make sense financially. Even in a later edition you would be segregating and it is unfair for the launch buyers and we all know Sony have learnt from their mistakes with the PS3 taking out B/C you either include it or you don’t and run with it.

          • brostar

            It would make sense though. The Vita had a wi-fi and 3G version. The Wii U had two game packs with different HD space. The only difference here is an additional feature that some people want or don’t want.

          • waterblaze123

            Like I said. Sony has learnt from their mistakes. They have come a long way now. They are working on PS Now and there is your option. While you have these differences they weren’t major and there was so much uproar about taking it out for a later edition to put it back in would cause another uproar and they don’t want that. Like I said they have learnt; You run with it or you don’t. No one is upset in the end. And who is upset by not having 3G and lol Wii U

          • brostar

            This is where communication with your fanbase is key. I suppose if Sony doesn’t want to go with it they should tell the people why instead of sweeping it under the rug.

          • waterblaze123

            But you really… Don’t need to say honestly. The specs and just common sense looking at those and any business knowldge will tell you the reason why. It would inflate the price in which again they learnt not to do from the PS3. If the PS4 came in swinging over its $400 mark I think it wouldn’t be doing as well as it is doing now.

          • brostar

            Unfortunately a lot of people are stupid and need to be told this. Common sense is lacking in a lot of gamers.

          • Lucky Dan

            No, PS3 BC helped create the PS2 and PS1 emulators, its got nothing to do with the price.

          • icecoffemix

            Go ask Yosp in twitter, he’s very responsive to his fans.

          • I worry PS Now ideally defeats the purpose of PS4. Why would I buy a new system if I can play the new games with nothing but a controller?

          • Pdugna

            They will run better on the hardware it’s meant for.

          • Run better? That’s it? If PS Now is any good, the PS4 has all the charm of the Blu Ray disc.

          • Mir Teiwaz

            Except the difference here is that whether it has 3G capability or the size of the internal storage is a very different beast from essentially packing 2 consoles into one shell.

            It’s not just a “feature” they could add, they would most likely have to make the console physically bigger and heavier alongside making it more make it backwards compatible.

      • Lucky Dan

        Yea I agree that’s how come Blu-Ray players the same as DVD players even though they have backwards compitablity with blu-rays, DVDs, CDS, MP3s, USBs and External HDD.

        I mean it quite honestly the smartest move ever Sony charging extra for BC even though they created the bloody system in the first place, but in a serious note they’re scared cause if they released it, it actually helped the emulation scene with the PS3 able to do BC PS2 and PS1 they easily created the emulators for the PC.

        It’s got nothing to do withe cost just the emulators will come out much quicker for the PS3 cause of reverse engineering which the Europeans and Taiwan is quite good at more so than Japan.

        • Pdugna

          PS2 had a different chip and engine that was needed for each game and same with PS3, the Architectures are completely different so just because the thing has a Blu-ray drive doesnt make the thing backwards compatible >.>

          • Lucky Dan

            i would agree with you on that case but I have to disagree cause the proof is right there on your PS3.

            There is a PS2 and a PS1 emulator on the PS3, if you purchase the game it flicks your T.V. down to a lower resolution so the emulators are already there they just locked it until you flag a PS2 or PS1 game on the PSN network.

            Try it and see. The reason why the emulators aren’t on the PS4 as before is cause of the PS3 it really solidified the PS2 and PS1 emulators on the PC since it was already programmed on the PS3. If the PS3 emulator was on the PS4 you bet it wouldn’t be long before the PS3 emulator will be on the PC due to reverse engineer, however this isn’t only system it happened to the others were also effected.

          • Haganeren

            Normally, you need more than ten time the power of the emulated console in order to make it works.

            The PS3 don’t have that but its complex architecture permits it nevertheless ! It was one of the reasons Sony have opted for it and even with that, some PS2 Games had issue on PS3.

            Now, the PS4 is entirely different, it had no complex architecture that could make possible a native and easy backward compatibility. They will need to make a special emulator games by games, that’s why some of them will be available by the PSN.

            … That’s what I heard anyway …

    • Kaitsu

      If you want to pay 600 dollars or more again, sure.

    • waterblaze123

      Oh also while you may not see a huge graphical leap per se the thing about the PS4 and X1 they have a bigger technical leap. Which if you happen to pay attention to games surroundings etc. You will see the difference but Knack sucks to play on a PS4.

      • Zind Keeper

        Knack doesn’t suck.

    • icecoffemix

      Tough luck when you want to play PS4 game.

      • Lucky Dan

        You be waiting a couple of years for these AAA games if they are any good, otherwise stick with the last generation and PC for now.

        • icecoffemix

          Driveclub, Infamous SS, possibly The Order 1886, and not quite as possible Uncharted 4.

          There are a lot of those already planned for this year, and Sony hasn’t even announced their lineup for holiday 2014.

          Personally though I don’t really care for those games, I’m waiting for Japanese support. :P

          • Lucky Dan

            Yea same likewise so there is no point in getting a PS4 right now, since PS3 has a few years left !!

    • I’m happy with my current model PS4. Besides the price for the PS3 has dropped which makes it easier for people to just go buy a PS3 if they really want/need to.

    • MaximDualBlade

      If you are buying the ps4 mainly to play ps3 games, then simply don’t buy it and stick with your ps3.

    • DanielGearSolid

      What you just said was so obvious I question if it even needed to be said…

      Wanna play Ps3, keep your Ps3, common sense

  • Lazulis

    My first thought: “VITA TEEE VEEEEEEE?!?!?!”

    • Kaetsu

      I’d honestly rather have the 2000 model.

      • To me the 2000 model is just smaller plus I dislike the brown color the screen has.

        • Hound

          I see it as a shortcut to cheaper 1000 models =x

  • ReidHershel

    Someone mind telling me the second pic’s game?

    • Kaetsu

      Transistor. It’s made by the developers of Bastion.

      • Lucky Dan

        Hmmm so much for getting a PS4 right now, that’s coming out on PC as well…

        • Somebodyissilent

          No one was buying a Ps4 for this game…

      • JustThisOne

        *_____* I’m so ready for that game. Ahhhhhhh, it’s just so cool!

  • Earthjolly

    and while your at it, announce something for the damn vita

    • icecoffemix

      They have Gravity Rush 2 and Over My Dead Body 2 in pipeline. Other than that, there’s a lot of 3rd party release in Japan.

      • ReidHershel

        Let’s hope that 3rd Party Dev branch they made makes some localizations soon

      • ZEROthefirst

        Don’t forget Phantasy Star Nova, it’s the first Phantasy Star game I’ve been excited for in a while.

    • True Story

    • Kenny Loh

      They got announce games for Vita, Sony japan studio is now focus on making Freedom Wars and Over My Dead Body 2, have you watch the trailers??? And they will announce more soon in near future.

    • tubers

      Direct that to the Western VITA “handlers”.

    • MaximDualBlade

      more jrpgs that will come to the west. That is my personal wish

      • Ric Vazquez

        This a million times!

    • Ric Vazquez


  • ShadowJetX

    Translation “We’re trying to come up with the best plan possible to blow everyone’s mind again without killing anyone.”

    • Hound

      *dusts off the “0 Days til Last Incident” sign*

  • I love my PS3 and there are still a ton of games I play/going to buy for it, but I am also looking forward to the shift of game development from the PS3 to the PS4 when it becomes Sony’s main console.

  • Kenny Loh

    That is why we love Sony.

  • TheDarkEmpress

    Mfw when I wanted that picture to be Cloud’s buster sword and Midgard in the background so bad….aka remake of Final Fantasy VII….aka never going to happen because no one is ready for that level of greatness.

    • Slickyslacker

      Squeenix doesn’t like making money.

      Or, rather, they don’t like pouring their hearts and souls into their games anymore. As they already stated, FF VII isn’t going to be remade until they produce a better game, and even then, development would probably take a few years.

  • Thatguy

    I hope for more *Not Japan only titles*

  • Slickyslacker

    You know, although this is only loosely related to the article, I would love to see FF XV’s Japanese release around the end of this year, with a Western release a few months later (at least).

    In vaguely related terms, I’m greatly looking forward to the potential of the PS4’s hardware. Just as FF IX pushed the boundaries of the PSX, I wonder which games will fully exercise the hardware potential of the PS4.

    • Shady Shariest

      FF XV has been downgraded for PS4 and Xone from the PC-developed version. So there might be edit2: is your answer.
      (It’s hard to imagine the reason being in complex machines this time around edit2: Al tough, who knows.)

      edit: Had to dig trough to find where i read it :3

      “Final Fantasy XV is being created at a quality higher than next-gen consoles are capable of, and the game is being ported down to consoles capable of running DirectX 11.”

      • Slickyslacker

        Ah, there we are. I remember reading that somewhere, but for whatever reason, I didn’t think it was here.

        Of course, I’ve heard all of the subsequent rumors about an actual PC release for the finished game itself Which is somewhat troubling, at least to me.

        • Shady Shariest

          Yeah, (A late answer OT flooded My Disqus)
          Squeenix has stated before that will consider All Direct x 11 machines… *Shrugs* It’s all on them now.

  • Guest

    Not surprising the launch was delayed, really, even now the lineup of PS4 games is very western-centric.

  • KrazyBean

    I hope so. The PS4 REALLY needs some JRPGs.

    • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

      It needs a RPG in general. JRPG as well.

      • KrazyBean

        True, but since Sony JAPAN is sharing this news, my mind automatically went to “JRPGs”.

  • Kai2591

    ooohh~ I wonder if they’ll announce tons of new interesting Japanese games during Japan’s PS4 launch~

    Need moar JRPGs!

  • Ryo-kun

    Please take care of your handheld too. Its state is very.. Alarming :/ I want my JRPG.

    • icecoffemix

      It’s thriving in Japan. Lots of JRPG too.

  • Shady Shariest

    “’Lately, games from the west have been really heating up, so I’m very interested in seeing how you all will select your titles.’”

    I never really thought of that… It’s a good point :<

  • Anime10121

    I’d expect announcements to come after its release, if not, they’d kinda be in some trouble :P

    But on a serious note, can’t wait to see what they come up with. I’m hopeful they’ll have more confidence in the console market than they seemed to have last gen.

  • Martian Wong

    I wonder do they know when is FFXV is coming out.

  • Arcana Drill

    I’m holding off to buy a ps4 until have more jrpgs exclusively (at least 4 that i’m interested), and i want that this isnt just PR talk… and there is really exciting games in these announcements (not that i dont like indies, i just need more than them to buy a console).

  • KnifeAndFork

    Microsoft and Nintendo usually abandon their previous console support like it has a disease right away while Sony is known to continue support for theirs much longer. The original XBox died pretty quickly after the 360 launch and the Wii has been discontinued for a while now. Absolutely pointless to buy a Wii now, but I see Microsoft holding onto the 360 for just a bit longer…

    Anyways, not too many Japanese titles on the horizon; Yakuza Ishin, Natural Doctrine, Wonder Flick (which are cross gen) a Dream C club game, MGS GZ is nice but its really a glorified demo; and some other really niche moe game I forget the name of.
    Not a strong lineup for having a 4 month launch delay…

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