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Japan's diehard gamers queue for midnight PS4 launch

Published on Feb 21, 2014 5:06 PM
 
Customers queue to get numbered tickes to purchase Sony's PlayStation 4 video game console outside the Sony building in Tokyo's shopping district Ginza on Friday, Feb 21, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: AFP

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.

 
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