A couple of days ago we told you the news that the PlayStation Vita has sold out of pre-orders in the run up to the consoles launch in Japan. Now there has been Apple like queues seen in Japan for the PS Vita release date.
Sony have seen promising demand for its new handheld console at launch in its home territory, and according to Electronista thousands of excited gamers waited in line at the devices 7 a.m. release. The devices launch was reminiscent of what is normally seen when Apple launches a new product with 600 waiting for the device at the Yodobashi Camera in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, and 300 at Bic Camera in the Ikebukuro district.
Meanwhile at the official event at Shibuya Tsutaya that included Sony president Kaz Hirai, the first unit was sold to a 33 year old gamer. Currently it is not known if there were any store sellouts during launch day, but some of the games did.
Those who have managed to get some hands on time with the console have been impressed by the large comfortable design. The new interface and six app multitasking that include background music while playing games is liked. Also the all new five inch OLED screen was noted for its high quality for viewing videos, and its multi-touch navigation for viewing photos.
The stand out game for the Japanese launch was Uncharted: Golden Abyss and highlighted how a quality game can make use of the touchscreen platform. Users commented how well it combined the touchscreen and hardware buttons, along with the motion sensor.
When the PS Vita arrives in other parts of the world in February it remains to be seen if it can replicate the early demand it’s seen in Japan. The PSP has always done better in Sony’s homeland compared to the rest of the world, but early signs indicate Sony are on to a winner with the Vita.
Are you getting the PS Vita once it has been released?