Japan's diehard gamers queue for midnight PS4 launch
TOKYO (AFP) - Diehard gamers in Japan who began queueing earlier this week will get their hands on a new PlayStation 4 on Friday, when Sony finally unleashes its console on home turf.
The long-awaited Japanese launch comes after a stellar debut in the United States and Europe where more than 5.4 million units have been shifted since November, offering a bright ray of hope to Sony after years of gloomy sales of its key consumer electronics goods.
At midnight, the first 100 customers will be allowed to take home a new console from Sony Building, a flagship display venue in Tokyo's bustling district of Ginza, putting the lucky few fans hours ahead of a nationwide mass release.
"I want to play games with state-of-the-art technology," said Mr Tetsuya Tamura, a 44-year-old IT engineer who arrived on Wednesday with his son, Shion, 19, to take first place in the queue.