Sony to live stream Japanese PlayStation 4 launch event
posted on 02.17.14 at 03:22 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Featuring Hideo Kojima, Shinji Hashimoto, and more.

PlayStation 4 Japanese Launch Event

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia will host a PlayStation 4 launch event at the Sony Building in Ginza from 10:30 p.m. on February 21, the company announced.

Sony Computer Entertainment president and group CEO Andrew House, Japan Asia president Hiroshi Kawano, and Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida will be present at the event. The first Japanese PlayStation 4 consumer will be handed their console directly by House and Kawano.

The event will feature a number of notable guests, who will touch upon the appeal of PlayStation 4 with gameplay exhibits and video letters. Guests include:

  • Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid V director, game designer, and producer)
  • Shinji Hashimoto (Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III producer)
  • Naoki Yoshida (Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn producer and director)
  • Toshiro Nagoshi (Yakuza series general director)
  • Mayuko Kawakita (female model)
  • Viking (comedian)/li>

If you’re in Ginza, starting at 11:00 a.m., Sony will be giving away 100 tickets on a first-come, first-served basis to buy the PlayStation 4 at midnight. Among those 100, 30 will be invited to attend the midnight launch event.

You’ll be able to watch the event live on Niconico and Ustream. Visit the event’s website here. PlayStation 4 launches February 22 in Japan.

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  • Gariya


    I hope this won’t be like the American launch event where it’s only footages of already announced games, a trailer for fucking DLC/exclusive content, and a teaser for an upcoming game in a blockbuster franchise which shows absolutely nothing besides some narrator speaking and the game’s logo. And for the love of God, NO MORE WATCH DOGS.

    “Mayuko Kawakita (female model)”
    “Viking (comedian)”
    Just hire Sugita and Nakamura, damn it.

    • Shippoyasha

      I want to see more Watch Dogs…..

      But seriously, I do hope they announce more Japanese titles too. Mainly because Japan’s home console market is hurting badly and the new system might revitalize the console front at least a little bit.

      If they announce nothing or the projects we have known all along, that’d be trouble for the system’s future in Japan. It really needs to start off strong this time, especially when gaming is still further migrating to handhelds and mobile.

      • Budgiecat

        My friends play Candy Crush all the time despie getting a Wii U for Christmas. I wanna smash their iphones lol

  • artemisthemp

    So the stream is gonna start ad 16:00 GMT + 1 as I understand

  • MrFinalgamer

    i’ll probably watch it. i do hope there’s SOMETHING new like in the NA launch event (5 new seconds of FFXV & KH3 footage please!). plus Shuhei Yoshida will be there. that’s enough of a reason to watch it iMO XD

  • PrinceHeir

    hope for exciting new announcements ^^

    • AdamBoy64

      Oh yeah. Hearing about upcoming additions to the PS4 lineup would be excellent.

      Here’s hoping.

  • Sieghardt

    They need to take this opportuinity to announce some jp market focused games if they want to drive consumer confidence

  • Crossbones (Prodigy-X)

    Shinji Hashimoto??? Hopefully a new FF XV Trailer Please!!!

    • Gariya

      He will announce that FFXV and KHIII are now PS4 exclusive.

      • Crossbones (Prodigy-X)

        That would be the beginning of the end of Xbone if that was true.

      • Wolf Star

        That would be amazing!! :D Xbone can’t touch those games because it Nomuras masterpieces. :3

        • DarkLegacy

          Agreed ^^

          • Arcana Gear

            i’m the only one that doesnt have a hate for xbox? dunno, i’ll get a ps4 but i dont find microsoft existence offensive.

            • karmacoma

              Yeah. I like my Sony consoles, but the fanboys are some of the most annoying. Right next to PC fanboys.

            • Budgiecat

              people like to think Sony killed the Dreamcast but it was really Microsoft that gave the final lethal dose and sealed the coffin…

      • EX+

        As cool as that would be, it’s too late for that.
        I don’t think the PS4 versions will be gimped at all.
        Most western devs aren’t gimping the PS4 versions because of the bone’s shortcomings. Japanese might as well not put there game’s on the XBO. Lol

    • DarkLegacy

      That’s just what I want to see :)

    • Budgiecat

      please be excited…

  • Gariya

    No no no no, I get it now.

    Shinji Hashimoto is there to announce FFVII remake exclusive for PS4.

  • RyoonZ

    I know this is unrelated and random but I really want Valkyria Chronicles 4.

  • De ville David

    I live in Japan so i would like to attend this even but if you have to pay a ps4 for it, that sucks.

    I was waiting to purchase the MG GZ bundle on march… guess i will watch it on the net !

  • Raiu

    Now we will see if the delay of Japan’s launch has paid off or not…

  • DarkLegacy

    Can’t wait to see cool games being announced :D

  • EX+

    Haven’t commented in a while!
    Shinji Hashimoto’s appearance is definitely eye opening. A new trailer for FF15 and even KH3 is very possible.
    FF15 needs to be shown off. It’s been such a long time. Plus SE has been talking about it recently. How it’s far in development and such.
    Why KH3? Because of Disney.
    Do you really think that we would’ve gotten raw gameplay footage of the game at D23 if SE was the only company that owned it? As well as the fact that the Osaka team only started development a few months prior to the event?
    Anyways, I’m officially excited. It would be nice to get a release window on FF15.

    • DarkLegacy

      Man where have you been? I missed you D’:

      Btw I am Sorahearts. I changed names

      • EX+

        Sorry bro! I’ve been extremely busy lately. But like Sora I have returned.

      • EX+

        What are your thoughts on my comment?

        • DarkLegacy

          Agreeing. Although I’m hoping to see XV there, and probably KH3, but if we don’t see KH3 there then there’s E3.

          I’ve not done much research since I’ve had exams

  • Martian Wong

    I am excited for Mayuko Kawakita Shinji Hashimoto…

  • shogunknight

    Thats quite a special guest list. Hopefully we see some new gameplay and announcements

  • DarthBrian

    Is it going to be hosted by Geoff Keighley? :p

    • EX+

      I know you’re joking, but Geoff Keighley only does overhyped events with dry humour and dude bro games.

      • DarthBrian

        There’s nothing wrong with dry humor. :p

        • EX+

          Sorry, let me reiterate.
          Dry, crusty and flaky. Lol

          • jujubee88

            Viking is probably a better comedian.

      • Elvick

        “only does overhyped events with — dude bro games.”

        Cranky Kong.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Thank god theres no Joel McHale he fooked up last years clusterfuck that was the VGA’s.

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  • Budgiecat

    I think its kinda of a joke for Hashimoto to be there considering we all know FF XV and KH III are still years away…

    Now if FF XV were a launch game (as it should have been by now), that would have truly been awesome (in addition to a Shenmue III reveal and Yakuza Ishin & 5 localization announcements)

  • Pekola

    They best not think we’re okay with just some re-hash of old trailers. Honestly Square, cut the pathetic streak of bad presentations.

    If you’re gonna promote XV and KH3 has highlights to the console, then you best be ready to release them in a understandable time-frame.

    I want dates, specifics, MAKE ME BELIEVE AGAIN!

  • Eder García

    will Antonio Banderas appear this time?

  • JoJo_718

    You know it’s gonna be one heck of an event when you have Hideo Kojima, Shinji Hashimoto and a Viking!! xD