Japan gets all sorts of nifty stuff when it comes to hardware.

For example, check out what the Land of the Rising Sun is getting: Special edition versions of the new PlayStation 3 model. The designs are…interesting.

As you might expect, they're in honor of two titles that definitely appeal more to Japanese gamers: Yakuza 5 and The Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 . The latter has spawned the "Legend Edition" PS3, which features character art in white along the edge of the PS3, and a controller that portrays a Big Dipper design. This will be available on December 20. The Yakuza 5 "Emblem Edition" PS3 launches earlier on December 6, and boasts gold emblems of the game's crime families, a gold controller, and even a specially-themed USB drive.

How come Sony can't get all imaginative with hardware in this country? How come we don't get cool systems honoring games like Uncharted and Assassin's Creed ? Sure, we get goodies and other content in collectors editions and what-have-you, but we rarely see decorated machines. ūüôĀ

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YashaZz
YashaZz
8 years ago

Really nice. Good on you, Japan.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

In answer to the question "How come we're always left out?" It's because SCEA lacks imagination and flare, have no idea how to engage customers and just can't imagine why anyone would want a colored or decorated game console. Then again, they think consoles and their sell purely by word of mouth, and that niche titles should sell like CoD or be allowed to wither and die.

Basically, SCEA hasn't got the first clue of how to run the PlayStation game business which is why the North American core gamer market has been taken over by Microsoft. Unless and until they get their act together it will always be like this. I mean, how difficult is it to have multi-color units or units with custom skins themed to a particular game?

I'm sure some really pedantic little peon in SCEA will whine about the FCC approval. But you know, I'm willing to bet that there is a process for approving products that have different colored cases but the same internals without having to separately review each identical model just because the color of the outer shell changed.

Oh, but then that would infer that SCEA might have a clue, and as we know, they don't.


Last edited by TheHighlander on 10/2/2012 10:50:45 AM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

Correction:

Then again, they think consoles and their sell purely by word of mouth,

should read;

Then again, they think consoles and their *games* sell purely by word of mouth,

Dukemz_UK
Dukemz_UK
8 years ago

Totally agree with you Highlander. Sony lost a huge chunk of the gaming market cos bad key decisions were made in their boardrooms. While they may not have the marketing budget of MS, a more realistic and imaginative marketing strategy would have seen them stay on top like they were last gen.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

You're definitely right about Sony completely misreading their western market.

chilker
chilker
8 years ago

What I don't understand is why they need so many different designs. I buy a system early, and then don't buy it again. The only time I'll consider buying a new one is if it gets busted beyond repair, but if the next generation has come out, or is coming out soon, then I'll just get the new generation.

Maybe in Japan, people collect multiple editions of the same hardware. Do people do that here? Would you really buy a second or third PS3 if it had your favorite game character printed on it?

Or do some people hold out on getting a PS3 until "YES! Finally! The Fist of the North Star Edition is out! I knew it would come eventually! Now I'll get one!"?

Maybe I'm just not really a hardcore collector, but I don't see the appeal of limited edition hardware unless it's your first time getting that particular system. I suppose with the recent price drops, many of these could be people's first systems…but I still don't understand it.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Yes, many of us have multiple PS3s. For those who are thinking of adding another one to the house, these editions would get us moving instead of just thinking.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 10/2/2012 1:00:59 PM

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
8 years ago

In time's of Sony's skinned and themed systems, it always sucks for us in the US.


Last edited by BikerSaint on 10/2/2012 11:24:02 AM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Yakuza 5 is coming? Color me interested.

As far as PS3s in America go, "Throw a little hot rod red in there."

mehrab2603
mehrab2603
8 years ago

Japan also has FFXIII, FFXIII-2 and Tales of Xillia themed PS3s. I really wish Sony would release some of that stuff outside Japan.

kraygen
kraygen
8 years ago

As someone who owns multiple ps3's, I feel they should do that for every big title. Would be nice to have some variation other than the hard drive.

Mr_Sterg
Mr_Sterg
8 years ago

I agree. Its too bad! I mean have they tried this formula here? Has it failed or something? Whats their "actual" reasoning?

Ydobon
Ydobon
8 years ago

They both look smexy! No region lock so you guys could import it. Going to cost you though :S.

I'm still wondering if SQ enix is going to do something special for lightning returns.

shadowpal2
shadowpal2
8 years ago

this ps3 would perfect if it wasn't for that ugggggggggggggglllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyy corrugated top!!!!!!!!!

YES I'M STILL FRUSTRATED ABOUT IT!!! Because I mean it just doesn't SEEM like a SONY kind of thing to do. SONY always has the best designs not just in PlayStation but in CONSUMER ELECTRONICS in general…and they thought up…THIS!?

Still hoping for a way to replace the corrugated top…and a niche market to open up where I can replace it!