The reasoning Sony officially gives to the public is that "the availability of Content" for the Japanese market as the main reason behind the decision to delay the console. This however could be an attempt by Sony to get an edge in the markets they have historically struggled in the past. While knowing Japan will wait for the release of the console versus going to the competition. With pre-orders strong all over the world. I'm sure the dwindling stock of the system is going to be brought forth into markets where Sony has to win such as North America and Europe. Where they have lost some of the market share with the PS3, with the popularity of Micorsoft's XBOX brands in those regions. So my personal opinion is more to do with gaining an edge in certain business sectors of the world then a lack of content for the Japanese market at launch. What are you thoughts and opinions of this delay for the Japanese market?
“The availability of content” is the driving reason behind this decision, according to Sony. The company wants to ensure that there are enough games for the Japanese market ready for PS4 before releasing it, and essentially stated that development for western-centric games is farther along.
PlayStation 4 will launch in Japan on February 22, 2014, and will cost 39,980 Yen ($401) on its own with a DualShock 4 controller, or for 43,980 Yen ($441) with the PlayStation 4’s camera. A special “First Limited Pack” will also be available, which will come with a download code for Knack and a one year guarantee on the hardware itself.
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