PS4 Japan launch: photos show gamers already queuing outside Sony HQ

Friday, 21st February 2014 09:32 GMT By Dave Cook

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.

Exciting, no?

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:

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.



  1. pukem0n

    i wonder how they can afford it if they seem to be unemployed to queue up for a game console a day before its release

    #1 10 months ago
  2. dsr

    Or… they are working on a good(non slave like) job where you can take a day or two off.
    That’s a possibility too.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Delsin Row

    look at how happy they are :D good for you guys. i hope you have a great lunch. and of course you will.look at the games that can play on the lunch. yakuza and dynasty warriors. those lucky bastards :D

    #3 10 months ago
  4. Dragon

    250-300k FW is my guess.
    A conservative one. According to reports, PS4 pre-orders are 3 times over PS3 at some retailers.

    #4 10 months ago
  5. KAP


    The Japanese must of thought the way thing when seeing the launch pictures of the US and UK PS4 launch.
    We, the western world, looked way sadder when you think it was more of us doing that shit!

    Anyway, I wonder what the numbers will be compared to Xbone in a month from now? It’ll be a huge disparity.

    #5 10 months ago
  6. Mike W


    That by far had to be the most ignorant thing you ever said, how did you come to the conclusion that they’re unemployed?

    #6 10 months ago
  7. mistermogul

    Live stream here guys –

    #7 10 months ago
  8. s3ltzer

    @pukem0n Yeah, ok.

    Anyway, it’s awesome to finally see the PS4 being released in the home turf. They’ve waited for 3 months, which I’m sure would seem like an eternity. Good stuff.

    #8 10 months ago
  9. RickGames

    Congrats Sony Japan, sell sell sell!
    2/22 is actually a cool and easy way to remember when it launched hehe,

    but damn cheap, 40K YEN?!?!
    if i buy it in sweden its closer to 70K!! or for you americans 660bucks!!!

    i cant get enough of the party vid haha, the music is awesome.

    #9 10 months ago
  10. Telepathic.Geometry

    Just got home with mine there ten minutes ago. Setting up internet connection now. ^_^

    #10 10 months ago

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