PlayStation 4 will launch in Japan tomorrow, February 22, and gamers are now queuing up outside Sony’s HQ to be among the first to get their paws on it. One lucky person is also expected to get a special bundle from Sony, chosen entirely at random. Get all the launch news as it happens here.
We’ll be compiling all of the PS4 Japanese launch news we here on this page, so stay tuned for more updates throughout today.
Sony is live-streaming its official PS4 launch event tonight, in a show that will include appearances by CEO Andrew Hourse, PlayStation president Shuhei Yoshida, Metal Gear Solid’s Hideo Kojima, as well as members of the Final Fantasy and Yakuza development teams. You can watch the event live here.
Famitsu has also posted reviews of the entire PS4 launch line-up, including some high praise for Yakuza: Ishin and Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends. Knack didn’t do so well however.
Sony has also revealed images of the PS4 Store in Japan, along with some familiar games you may recognise. It’s not all that different from the Western version, admittedly.
We’ve also got the most-recent PS4 Japan TV spot, which ramps up the hype before tomorrow’s big event.
Sony’s even put out three trailers showcasing the PS4’s game line-up, including footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, inFamous: Second Son, Watch Dogs, Final Fantasy 15 and much more. Look:
Now; several sites have been posting photos of gamers lining up outside Sony Computer Entertainment HQ in Ginza, with some claiming to have joined the line on February 19. Ouch.
The first 30 fans in the line were given raffle tickets by Sony for their chance to win a PS4 ‘First Limited Pack,’ which includes Knack and a PlayStation Camera:
Here’s a shot of the first person to buy a PS4 in Japan:
— プレイステーション公式 (@PlayStation_jp) February 21, 2014
We’ll add to this post as more information comes, but for now, check out the gallery of launch event photos so far, courtesy of DualShockers, Famitsu, Nikkan Sports, Sankei Biz, Yasumi Matsuno, Soul Sacrifice, 31Tron, iGNITED and ihsotih.