Today, the PlayStation VR went on sale. Earlier this summer when pre-orders got underway in Japan, folks lined up. And today? Those without them did exactly the same thing.
[Image via Sankei News]
Japanese retailers only got a limited number of units for those who didn’t pre-order, so at many large shops, people actually had to line up for a chance to buy one. They would get a number, and people would then be selected at random for that opportunity.
Here are winning numbers at the Sofmap store in Tokyo’s Akihabara.
PSVR当日販売。ソフマップ 秋葉原 本館の当選番号はこちら！
— 祝PSVR当日販売！vr_matome (@VR_infomation) October 13, 2016
Just how long did the lines get? According to Sankei News, for example, around 180 people lined up at the Yodobashi Camera in Osaka to buy the PlayStation VR. This is even more impressive considering that the headset was available for pre-order on a couple different occasions, with people seeming to line up each time.
Inside Games reports that at the Yodobashi Camera in Shinjuku, around 70 people were in line by 5am, and the store cut off sales for the day, because it didn’t have anymore stock.
[Image: Inside Games]
This morning, Famitsu took this photo at the Bic Camera in Tokyo’s Yurakucho:
Sellouts seem to be common at numerous shops. The sign at the Yodobashi Camera in Tokyo’s Akihabara, for example, says the PlayStation VR has sold out.
PSVR ヨドバシアキバ 完売 pic.twitter.com/dYcCe83tb3
— 卍ゅう (@Sky_And_Peace) October 12, 2016
As does this one in Yokohama.
— りゅん☆シンデレラ4ｔｈ (@ryunstar) October 12, 2016
Long lines appear common in the metropolitan areas. Below are more photos of the Tokyo and Osaka launches:
— ひろ (@aekjhiro) October 13, 2016
— ゆー (@initi38) October 12, 2016
— 中谷将也 (@a080563989891) October 12, 2016
— ギータカ (@GITAKATV) October 12, 2016
— FX-702P (@fx702p) October 13, 2016
— 水〜つ (@swee_ts) October 12, 2016
— ihsotih（いそっち） (@ihsotih) October 12, 2016