Masayasu Ito, Sony’s vice president of hardware, chalks up the delay to the success of the Vita and wanting to ensure a good enough game library.
Sony’s Playstation 4 launches in mid-November in North America, a few weeks later in South America as well as Europe, and in December in most of Asia.
Curiously, Japan, home turf of the Playstation, gets the console in February.
Speaking at the Tokyo Game Show, Masayasu Ito, Sony’s vice president of hardware, said his company decided to launch the console in the west first because “much more excitement” for the next-generation console and Sony’s Vita continues to sell well in Japan.
“Until now, we’ve placed emphasis on the launch titles that are ready for Europe and the US… As I said, in Japan, portable devices are selling very well. So, first and foremost, gaming titles released in Japan would be first for Vita and portables. That’s why the PS4 will come later.”
Prior to this revelation, the company’s official line was that it needed more time to build a launch library of games for the country.
Needless to say, gamers in Japan aren’t happy about the delay.