PlayStation 4

It appears that Japan will be one of the few major gaming territories not playing the PlayStation 4 this year. During a Tokyo Game Show press conference earlier today – yes, another one – Sony confirmed that its next generation console will launch in December in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea. As reported last week, the firm’s homeland will be forced to wait until 22nd February.

The decision does make sense when you stop to think about it. Sony has cited a lack of Japanese-centric games as its reason to wait in the nation, and it does seem sensible to launch alongside the likes of Yakuza Ishin rather than Killzone: Shadow Fall and, er, Watch Dogs. Perhaps the biggest point of interest is that the platform is releasing in an absolutely enormous number of regions this year. That indicates that the actual manufacturing of the machine is moving along very, very smoothly.