Diehard gamers in
The long-awaited Japanese launch comes after a stellar debut in
At midnight, the first 100 customers will be allowed to take home a new console from
"I want to play games with state-of-the-art technology," said
Early adopters of the PS4 in
"I played on a trial one and found that its processing speed is fast and it's easy to play," said Shion, who had brought his PlayStation Portable to pass the time.
In the coveted US market,
Analysts say sales at home are expected to widen the lead.
PS4, Wii U and Xbox One are fighting to be at the heart of digital home entertainment at a time when consoles are under intense pressure to prove their worth as people increasingly turn to smartphones or tablets for games and videos.
The company, whose iconic Walkman changed the way people listened to music, has failed to repeat its earlier successes and this year warned it would book a
Moody's downgraded the firm's credit rating to junk, saying the maker of Bravia televisions had more work to do if it wanted to fix the holes in its tattered balance sheet.
It is not alone. Domestic rivals like Sharp and Panasonic have also suffered at the hands of US giant Apple and Samsung, and found themselves outplayed in the smartphone and low-margin television business.
But analysts said the PS4 might just help
"PS4 has a chance to establish a virtuous circle -- strong sales leading to popular titles," which would create more demand for the console, Yasuda said.
"It can be a potential cash cow for
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