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Sony welcomes PS4 to Japan

Platform holder to stream launch event; Kojima, Final Fantasy and Yakuza devs to attend

Sony's PlayStation 4 has been available in North America and Europe since last year, but the advent of next-gen has involved a much longer wait for Japanese gamers.

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The close to three-month delay doesn't seem to have tempered enthusiasm for the console however, as enthusiasts have gathered outside of Sony Computer Entertainment HQ in Ginza, Tokyo to be among the first to get their hands on Sony's new gaming platform.

The PlayStation 4 officially launches in Japan on February 22, and Sony is keen on reigniting the almost palpable passion it enjoyed around its North American and European launch. To that end, it is streaming the launch celebrations leading up to the actual launch of the hardware.

A number of key executives and well-known faces from Sony, as well as third-party developers and publishers will be making appearances during the event. Sony has said Andrew House, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment; Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios; and Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima will attend, in addition to various members of Sega's Yakuza and Square Enix's Final Fantasy development teams.

The event is being streamed on Nico Video.

Sony has released a number of hype-building trailers and TV spots, showing off the console, as well as some of the games available and coming for it.

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Japanese media covering the launch have provided a steady stream of photos from the launch, which show fans camped out, enjoying guerilla gaming sessions on the PlayStation Vita.

Popular Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has also published reviews on the first crop of PS4 games. Although the majority of the Japanese launch line-up is the same as the European and North American selection, Nobunaga's Ambition, Strider and Yakuza: Ishin are the notable differences.

Here's a complete list of its scores courtesy of Gematsu:

  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4) - 9/9/9/9 [36/40]
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS4) - 9/9/9/9 [36/40]
  • Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends (PS4) - 9/10/9/9 [37/40]
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall (PS4) - 8/8/8/8 [32/40]
  • Knack (PS4) - 6/7/8/7 [28/40]
  • NBA 2K14 (PS4) - 9/9/9/9 [36/40]
  • Nobunaga's Ambition: Creation (PS4) - 10/9/9/8 [36/40]
  • Resogun (PS4) - 9/8/9/7 [33/40]
  • Strider (PS4) - 9/8/8/9 [34/40]
  • Tomb Raider (PS4) - 9/9/9/10 [37/40]
  • Yakuza: Ishin (PS4) - 9/10/10/10 [39/40]

February 20 marked a year since the PS4 was first revealed. Twelve months later we looked at how close the reality of the PS4 is to the vision set out one year ago: