Imagine the surprise when Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 console wouldn't be launching in Japan until February 2014. So why exactly did the Japanese company delay their next-gen hardware launch until next year? A lack of Japanese games is to blame, says Sony's Masayasu Ito.
According to Sony's senior VP, third-party developers in Japan are mostly focusing on the PlayStation Vita right now, meaning less attention is being paid to the PS4. Many simply haven't "embarked on the development of PS4 titles." The February 2014 release would allow them time to build an actual launch library.
When the PS4 comes out in Japan on February 22, it will be launching alongside SEGA's Yakuza Restoration and the Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn beta for next-gen consoles. Ito also promised that Japanese titles will be released continuously after the hardware makes it domestic debut.
The PS4 will be out in North America on November 15 and Europe on November 29.