This Week In Japan, Hundreds Of People Lined Up For PlayStation VR

Wait, what? Isn't PSVR already out in Japan? You bet it is. And yet, this week, there were long lines at retailers across the country.

[Image: Kaztsu]

The reason being that a new shipment of PSVR headsets hit Japanese shops this week. Demand was so high at some locations that people had to line up for a chance to buy.

On Thursday, major retailers like Bic Camera and Sofmap passed out raffle tickets between 9AM and 10AM with winners announced starting at noon. Those lucky folks could then purchase the PlayStation VR between 12PM and 4PM.

Here's how the raffle results were posted at the Sofmap in Akihabara.

Folks holding these numbers were able to buy the PSVR. That means that not everyone who waited was able to get the headset.

More amazing is that in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo, people started lining up the night prior!

At 11:30PM, there were already 50 people at the Yodobashi Camera in Osaka's Umeda.

The Yodobashi Camera in Tokyo's Shinjuku sold out by 1:26AM.

Below is the Bic Camera in Ikebukuro on Thursday morning.

Remember, this is a weekday!

[Image: VR速報]

And Yodobashi Camera in Osaka's Umeda.

This Twitter user guessed that by 6:46AM, there might have been over 250 people in like at that Yodobashi Camera in Umeda.

According to Twitter user Kaztsu, around 200 people lined up at the Yodobashi Camera in Tokyo's Akihabara. (Also, Kaztsu says there were folks lined up intending to resell the PSVR online. Of course there were!)

Japan's interest in the PlayStation VR should not come as a total surprise. The hardware's launch last October drew long lines.

In case you missed it, you can read Kotaku's PlayStation VR review right here.


    The Resident Evil effect? It's definitely gotten me a little more keen for PSVR.

    How did it comparen to the yakuza 0 line?

    Every now and then, Sony's ambivalence for the consumer makes me think that the PS5 generation will be the death of them (considering it is one of the truly last profitable arms of the company). Pics like these give me some hope that PlayStation has some staying power. Thanks, Japan.

    C'Mon, this is not really anything surprising (the lining up part), the Japanese will line up for ANYTHING
    I live in Nihombashi, a "suburb" of Tokyo at the moment and the locals here will line up, at night in winter, at a local bakery because they love the pastries!
    I was in Sapporo over the weekend, there was a line up at the "Sushi Train" at least 75 deep, at 11:00AM, and this is an every day occurrence.

    I swear, if I could get just 2 people to stand behind me in a "line" for absolutely nothing, within 30min, I would have 50 Japanese in line with me :oP

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