PS4 Sees A Surge Of Interest As The Japanese Launch Draws Near, Xbox One Almost Non-Existent

PS4 is set to soon launch in Japan on February 22nd. As it happens with most typical hardware launches, the interest in PS4 seems to be peaking with each passing day, as more people are searching for it in Japan, according to Google Trends. Meanwhile, people seem to barely have any interest in the Xbox One.

The current Japanese market is geared towards handhelds and hasn’t shown much of an interest in consoles as of late. Although, it appears that the PS4 has definitely got an appeal there as evident from from the rise in search for the console. Unfortunately, we can’t really base our opinion on this trend as the Wii U also showed similar increase in interest during its launch, which all faded away pretty quickly. Meanwhile the Xbox One seems like it has next to none presence in the Japanese market.

While PS4 might see better sales compared to PS3, which started really slow out of the gate, mainly due to supply issues, it really needs games especially made for the Japanese market in the near future to keep its momentum. As it stands, the upcoming games line-up feels lackluster and even if it has some Japanese games, they are also available on the PS3.

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    Well it is 11:15PM local time in Japan…… I wonder how long we have to wait to see the sales figures in the first 24hrs!?

  • NeoMahi

    Well, Killzone Shadow Fall isn’t going to appeal to Japanese gamers. That’s why the Xbox won’t sell there. The Xbox is an FPS and football console. Basically for what’s viewed as the typical American (but isn’t true as Americans also like Baseball and Hockey). Why not more of an emphasis on MLB The Show PS4 Sony?

    • jspillen

      Sony is playing it smart by waiting until supply catches up to demand before they start announcing new features or new games. Why drive people into a frenzy when all they’ll find on sold out store shelves is disappointment?

  • mikeslemonadeFromN4G

    Around 5.5 mil and the demand still isn’t even close to being met. The demand was just starting to get met now in the NA and EU, but now with Japan the ticker gets half way reset again. Demand won’t be met until PS4 hits 8 million. That’s just utterly shocking. 8 million bonus systems.. where customers are just buying it based on the merits of the system.

  • BalramRules

    Not sure those three terms are exhaustive enough for it to be of any real value. There’s PS4, PlayStation 4, Play Station 4, P S 4, so many people type countless things for the same company, same occurs with other consoles.
    But either way, Sony is trashing the competition right now, in fact, they’re probably thinking, what competition?


    I don’t even live in japan and man I’m hyped for their launch.

  • Joshua Pirog

    Who writes these articles? They seem written by a broken english 8th grader.

  • Tim

    PS4 sales around the world are f*cking incredible.

  • Anders

    It’s even higher if you search for PS4 + PlayStation 4