It’s been easy to forget amongst the launch excitement that PS4 has yet to be dated in Japan.
That will all change next week, with confirmation that SCE Japan will host a press conference on Monday September 9th at 7am UK time. It is expected that the console’s launch date for the territory will be revealed at that time.
PS4 will be released in the US on November 15th and in Europe on November 29th.
The Xbox One’s US and European launch date takes place right in the middle on November 22nd, although it will not arrive in Japan until an unspecified time in 2014.
Sony’s decision to reveal PS4’s Japanese date after Western markets is symptomatic of both the perception of the increasing importance of the Western games market and the ever decreasing stature of its home territory whose dwindling games console market is now resolutely bossed by Nintendo.
That’s not to say PS4 will definitely arrive in japan after the West, although it does seem increasingly likely.