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January2016

  • News Japan's Console Market Wasn't Too Hot in 2015

    Lowest figures in 26 years

    We all know at this point that Japan's console market has shrunk. We could go on and on about the factors that have lead to such a decline, but let's just cut straight to the chase: 2015 saw the market hit a 26 year low. What this means is that the overall value of the market continued to fall, with it being worth ¥321...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 and Vita Continue Strong Seasonal Performance

    Brothers in arms

    The latest sales charts from the East are in, confirming that the last seven days have once again been pretty darn solid for the Japanese market. As expected of the season, hardware figures continued to enjoy a healthy boost, as PlayStation 4 sales increased to 65,427 units, while Vita managed a very respectable 63,811 units...

  • Feature 20 Japanese PS4 Games to Watch in 2016

    Beasts from the East

    At this point in the PlayStation 3's life, many disgruntled gamers would have told you that Japan's software outlook was bleak. Sony's homeland was struggling to adapt to the new high definition era, with developers seemingly unable to get a firm grip on working with fresh hardware. It was a tough time to be a fan of Japanese...

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  • TGS 2015 Japanese Awards Prompt Smiles for PS4

    Seven of the ten winners launching on PS4

    Sony's presence at TGS 2015 this week was pretty darn impressive, as it dominated the headlines with a slew of announcements. And the Japanese market appears to have responded, with a gaggle of PlayStation 4 titles leaving the show with awards. Winners included: Star Wars Battlefront, Star Ocean 5:...

  • TGS 2015 PS4 Is the Most Prolific Platform at Tokyo Game Show

    Smartphones are on top, though

    It's been a particularly good week for the PlayStation 4 at TGS 2015, and that's been beared out by some official show statistics shared by Japanese rag Nikkei. According to the paper there are 103 titles for Sony's new-gen machine on display at this year's show, which is well over double the tally of last year. This...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Numbers Drop Like a Rock Just Two Weeks After Metal Gear Solid V

    Falling without style

    Well, there goes that. At this point, it's abundantly clear that the PlayStation 4 is currently incapable of maintaining any kind of momentum in its homeland, as Sony's latest console saw its sales plummet by around 35,000 units. The new-gen machine saw a boost in popularity following the launch of Metal Gear Solid V: The...

  • TGS 2015 PS4 Price Drop Announced for Japan

    How low can you go?

    Sony's having no problem shifting PlayStation 4s around the world, but Japan has been reluctant to adopt the new-gen system. It's perhaps no surprise to see the console reduced in the region, then, with today's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference confirming that the device's asking price will drop from ¥39,980 to ¥34,980...

  • TGS 2015 The PS4 Is Getting Coloured Faceplates in Japan

    Brighten things up

    We've always thought that Sony would be smart to release a load of custom faceplates for the PlayStation 4 and let people pick and choose how they want their console to look - and the company's finally giving this idea a try. Kind of. The initiative will only be available in Japan for the moment, and the covers themselves will...

  • News Japan's Getting Yet Another Limited Edition PS4

    Fit for a prince

    Adding to the copious amount of limited edition consoles already available in Japan is a newly announced Arslan: The Warriors of Legend PlayStation 4, which is based upon the upcoming hack and slash title from Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force. Perhaps it's not worth getting too excited over, though, as the machine's simply...

  • News Dragon's Dogma Online Proves to Be Hot Stuff in Japan at Launch

    Forged in flame

    Dragon's Dogma Online seems to have had a promising start in Japan, as it was reportedly downloaded over 700,000 times during its first day on the market. Impressive numbers for sure, but there are a few factors that we have to take into account before declaring it the next big thing in the Land of the Rising Sun. For starters,...

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  • News Sony: Reclaiming Japanese Gamers Is a Focus for Us

    The PS4 is showing some "upward swing," says Yoshida

    Numbers don't lie: the demand for video games and video game consoles in Japan has dropped significantly over the past few years. But while much of the market is turning its attention to the mobile industry, Sony is trying to breathe life into the PlayStation 4 with new games. That's what...

  • News PlayStation Vita Passes 4 Million Units in Japan

    Small consolation

    There's been very little cause for PlayStation Vita owners to celebrate of late, but Sony's diminutive device has just hit a major milestone in Japan, crossing the 4,000,000 unit threshold. This number takes into account both handheld and PlayStation TV sales, but seeing as they're both built upon the same hardware, we reckon...

  • News The New PlayStation 4's Already Out in Japan

    Fast movers

    Sony's a fast worker, isn't it? The revised PlayStation 4 – which is a teensy bit lighter and a little less power hungry – was only announced a couple of days ago, but it's already on sale in Japan right now. The ever eagle-eyed DualShockers spotted various product lis

  • Japanese Sales Charts The Devil May Cry at These PS4 Numbers

    No, really

    Another week brings more shockingly depressing sales figures for PlayStation 4 fans in Japan. Sony's new-gen system went through a stellar period for a couple of months earlier in the year, but it's really struggling right now, and it's hard to pick out an imminent piece of software that's going to turn its fortunes around. The console...

  • Japanese Sales Charts PS4 Sales Keep Dropping While Software Stagnates

    The Witcher 3's still in there, though

    Despite The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's admirable efforts to stick in the top 10, PlayStation 4 unit sales have fallen yet again. Sony's newest console only managed to shift 10,822 units last week, but to be fair, the hardware charts make for generally depressing reading overall. You can compare the prior week's...

  • News Yakuza Zero's Sales Should Keep Toshihiro Nagoshi in Fake Tan

    But will it ever release overseas?

    Gaming's most groomed executive Toshihiro Nagoshi will be smiling today, as Yakuza Zero – the latest entry in his soap opera-like series – has surpassed 500,000 units in Japan. The game's only three months old so this is a particularly impressive feat; perhaps it's time we reminded everyone that we'd love a...

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  • News PlayStation Plus' Quality Sure Hasn't Declined in Japan

    Value added

    There’s a lot of chatter about the quality of PlayStation Plus of late. Despite giving out six free ‘rentals’ every month, Sony has been chastised by early adopters of the PlayStation 4 for focusing on indie giveaways rather than retail releases. Still, it’s been eager to add to the quality of the service’s offering,...

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