Here's What Japanese People Are Saying About The PS4

Sony announced the PlayStation 4 last month to much fanfare and a complete lack of an actual console. The stone has been cast, and now we get to see the ripples. Japanese gaming magazine, Weekly Famitsu, asked Japanese game fans for their thoughts and opinions on Sony's upcoming console.

The questionnaire consisted of 4 questions. Here's what was asked and a roundup of reader responses:

1. What were your initial impressions of the PS4? "Developers are saying it's easy to program for so it looks like there'll be a lot of games." Responded a 36-year-old office worker. Of those who responded, roughly half said they were anticipating or highly anticipating the PS4 right out the gate. Some remained reserved, however, voicing concern at the overt focus on the overseas market or the fact that the console would not be compatible with PS3 game discs. A good portion also remained on the fence due to lack of intricate details.

2. What functions or services are you interested in? Graphics were definitely the biggest point of interest for gamers, and the PS4 does not look to disappoint. Interestingly, however, more than the other additional features, people seemed to be looking forward to the decreased load time thanks to the Suspend Mode that maintains game progress in a low-power mode. This seems to indicate an overall present dissatisfaction having to go through the startup process to load a game in progress each time you power up a machine.

3. What upcoming game titles are you interested in? Even though nothing of a new game was shown at the February 20 announcement, most Japanese gamers are faithfully expectant of Square Enix's upcoming new Final Fantasy game that will hopefully be officially announced at E3 this year.

4. What upcoming announcements are you looking forward to? The pricetag. Or, more accurately, "how hard our wallets are going to be hit" was on the minds of most responders. And with good reason. The original 60GB PS3 shook Japanese buyers down for a hefty ¥59,980 (US$638.49) when it first came out. Sony has remained tight-lipped about the price of the PS4, but hopefully it won't be as costly.

Among people who responded with "other" were the following opinions:

"It looks like there will be a lot more network services, but I'd like to know just how much of them will be available for free. I'd like things that were free for the PS3, like online play, to remain that way." (28-year-old office worker)

"Won't cloud services suffer from network congestion depending on the game genre? I don't understand why they don't just make the PS4 backwards compatible with the PS3." (39-year-old office worker)

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    Those pie graphs represent pretty much the weighting of my thoughts. Oh except the final fantasy one... I couldn't care less about that dinosaur.

      if they bring FF back to the early days then yes im with the japanese on that one
      but since the pile of S*** that is FF13 and 13-2, i will struggle to look at FF the same way ever again

        There is nothing wrong with FF13 and 13-2? Soundtrack was great. Story was unique and in depth. Battle system is quick and fluid.

        Are you complaining just because it is not like previous FFs?

          It's a combination of (a) the game was for the majority of the time linear and restrictive; (b) combat was unengaging and needlessly arcane; and (c) the series had failed to evolve or innovate to the extent necessary to compete against comparable titles being developed elsewhere.

          Squeenix as a whole has completely lost its way over the last generation. With the exception of The World Ends With You, it's been nothing but a baffling lack of understanding of their audience ever since they left the PS2 behind.

            Deus Ex: Human Revolution was pretty good. So was Just Cause 2. I haven't played the new Tomb Raider but people generally seem pretty happy with that, too.

              New Tomb Raider, it's in my top 10 after finishing it last night.

              I never thought I'd play a third person adventure / action game better than the Uncharted series.

        I apologise in advance for the condescension, however, how does a person with the name "deadboykilla" define the "early days" of Final Fantasy? You sound like you're 11.

          Could be a handle that he made when he was 11 and carried over to today? Could also be satirical.

          /2cents

            You're probably right, which makes it worse lol. If I held on to my handle from when I was 11, nobody would take me seriously.

            Not that anyone on the internet is taken seriously >.>

              Also don't forget, this day and age it's super easy to get all the early FF games anyway. I have most of them on my PSP already :P So yes if you play them chronologically then you have experienced 'the early days'

    Could you please put a pie chart on every single Kotaku article?

    It makes it a lot safer for me to read at work. Brilliant stuff!

    Thanks heaps :)

    I think Sony could have a significant advantage if they took/copy the features available for premium membership features for XBOX LIVE and made it free (minus the TV stuff), while charging for new services. The average gamer I think feels the features for the PS4 are superfluous at best. Who really needs video sharing or game sharing? I mean, I'm sure they'll be handy, but none of it is necessary. Give me a good and fast UI, give me online play, give me cloud saves, and you'll shave another 30-40% off Microsoft's audience.

    Heck I might even subscribe to PSN Premium just out of good will.

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      I love the idea of the video sharing. Not quite so keen on the game sharing / streaming business, but that's more to do with the fact that I don't think our internet infrastructure is up to it.

    Pie charts really only work if you actually include how many people were surveyed. For all we know these are the results of 10 people's opinions...

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