Those of us in North America, Europe, and all those other non-Japan regions need to thank Sony. We should be thankful, because we’re getting the PS4 early, compared to Japan. Which may sound crazy, given how Japan is pretty much the promised land of video games. It’s true though. Japan isn’t getting the PS4 when the rest of us our. Instead, Sony’s TGS 2013 announcement revealed that it’s only coming to that country in 2014. February 22, 2014, to be exact.
That’s quite a shock, but at least there’s some good news for Japan. They may get the system later, but at least their PS4 bundles and launch library will be a little bit better. That’s why Sony actually said it’s delayed the launch, there. The company reported that it wanted to be sure there were enough games immediately available for buyers. Which makes sense, because with the pushed back launch, it means Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends, Yakuza Ishin, and Dream Club: Host Girls on Stage will be available at launch.
So, come February 22, 2014, prospective Japanese PS4 owners will have two PS4 variations available. The first is a First Run Limited Pack, which is what the general PS4 model will be called. It comes with a PS4, a controller, Knack and a one year extended guarantee. The other model is almost exactly the same, but includes a PlayStation Camera.
Don’t think too much about these Japanese PS4 models though. If you live in North America or Europe, you’ll already have one on November 15, 2013, or November 29, 2013. There’s no need to import, when the console is out in your region. Especially since the launch lineup is pretty much the same, minus Yakuza Ishin and Dream Club: Host Girls on Stage. Import PS4 games, if you must, but the system will be available earlier, and probably even cost less, if you get it from a store near you.