Mark Cerny, Sony’s lead engineer on the PS4, said during the Tokyo Game Show that the company wanted to make sure plenty of good line-up titles were in place for Japanese gamers when the next-gen console launches in Japan.
"Perhaps you could say that a few western developers have been more aggressive in readying titles for the hardware,” Cerny said.
Sony Japan executive Masayasu Ito piggybacked on Cerny’s statement, saying that western developers have been pining for the launch of next-gen devices, which is why Sony went ahead with the November launches for the PS4 in North America and Europe.
Japanese developers have been less focused on next-gen titles, however, because the market in Japan is heavily oriented toward handheld gaming devices, said Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida.
“Compared to (the West), Japan is completely different. It's more portable-heavy, but the PS3 is catching up,” Yoshida said. “Of course, after we announced PS4 in February, luckily publishers are showing an interest. But it's a completely different picture of readiness compared to Western publishers.”
Here’s a list of the titles set to launch with the PS4 when it hits shelves on Nov. 15 in North America and Nov. 29 in Europe. Japan will get the PS4 in February.