12. Dec, 2004 17:03 (HKT)

Sony PSP™ launch details: Software and hardware roundup, supply situation & Japanese launch picture gallery

It's December 12th, 2004 and a remarkable day in video game history with Sony officially launching their first portable video game and entertainment system in Japan today. After our first impressions that we have posted precisely 1 week ago when we were able to lay our hands on our first PSP™ console (click here to check it out if you haven't done so yet), this news post will give a roundup about the current software and hardware lineup as well as supply situation. Additionally, some of us mingled among the crowds of Tokyo today bringing you a small but exclusive picture gallery directly from the launch in Japan.

Current supply situation - shortage ahead

Those who have followed video game related news regularly will have noticed the expected supply shortage within the first few days and weeks after the release. With 200,000 launch units available in Japan and a total of 500,000 units scheduled until the end of the year, Sony cannot satisfy the current demand of their new handheld system. Even large video game shops in the electronic district of Tokyo had to be satisfied with about approx. 100 to 2000 units made available for them today - depending on the shop size. Also each customer is only granted 1 unit when queuing up in the shop.

The result: Gamers who did not want to miss out on the PSP™ console on the very first day were camping outside the stores to be among the earliest grabbing one unit in the morning. The same scenario was taking place in all busy districts in Tokyo (including Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro & Akihabara), with at least 100 to 1000 and more people waiting outside the shops. Every store was sold out within a few hours, new supply won't be expected until another couple of days.

Play-Asia preorders, pricings and further sales schedule

The supply shortage and excessive demand finally lead to inflated prices within the early days (and probably weeks) after the release. Suppliers who still promised affordable deals weeks ago, have raised their prices in the last minutes according to the low supply that has become available.

At Play-Asia we try our best to satisfy all preorder customers in the best way we can do. This results into paying a premium price if you want your unit as quick as possible or taking a waiting time into consideration if the current deal exceeds your budget.

If you have placed a preorder, you will receive an e-mail from us today with detailed information. New orders for PSP™ consoles will remain closed until the majority of pending preorders have been cleared and more sufficient supply has been made available by Sony.

Apart from PSP™ console preorders, we will try to fill all software and hardware preorders within one week. New software and accessory orders remain open at a currently slighly increased price. Depending on the supply situation within the next few days, the estimated shipping time may be exceeded. We will further prioritize all software preorders that were made in combination with a PSP™ console. An update on the entire supply situation will follow within the next couple of days.

Japanese Software & hardware lineup

Below you can find the current launch lineup as well as the entire 2004 lineup confirmed as of now. Please notice that various launch titles were postponed (including Need for Speed Underground Rivals - now shipping in February 2005). Please remember that your preorder will not be dispatched until all items have become available. You can however make order amendments online in your customer account.

Software & hardware launch lineup:
Armored Core Formula FrontJPN US$ 59.90
Lumines (Music & Luminary Action Puzzle)JPN US$ 49.90
Mah-jong Fight ClubJPN US$ 59.90
Minna No Golf PortableJPN US$ 59.90
Ridge RacersJPN US$ 59.90
Vampire Chronicle: The Chaos TowerJPN US$ 59.90

PSP PlayStation Portable AC Adapter (100-240V) US$ 49.90
PSP PlayStation Portable Battery Pack US$ 59.90
PSP PlayStation Portable Headphone with remote control (white) US$ 39.90
PSP PlayStation Portable Memory Stick Duo 32MB US$ 39.90
PSP PlayStation Portable Soft case and hand strap (black) US$ 29.90

Portable Liquid Crystal Filter US$ 7.99
Portable Privacy Filter US$ 9.99
Famitsu PS2! No. 1/14 PSP Special US$ 9.90

December, 16th:
Dokodemo IssyoJPN US$ 59.90
Kotoba no Puzzle Mojipittan DaijitenJPN US$ 59.90
Metal Gear AcidJPN US$ 59.90
Shin Sangoku Musou / Dynasty WarriorsJPN US$ 64.90
The Legend of Heroes Gagharvtrilogy White WitchJPN US$ 59.90

December, 22nd:
AI GoJPN US$ 49.90
AI Mah-JongJPN US$ 49.90
AI ShogiJPN US$ 49.90
Mahjong TaikaiJPN US$ 59.90
Puzzle Bobble PocketJPN US$ 59.90

December, 24th:
Puyo Puyo FeverJPN US$ 48.90

December, 30th:
Piposaru Academia: Dossari Sarugee DaizenshuJPN US$ 59.90

A summarized lineup including additional 2005 titles can be found in our preorder list here.

Image Gallery - from the streets of Japan

We've put ourselves among the crowds in Tokyo today, always with the finger on the trigger of our camera to give you an impression about the Japanese launch and long waiting lines outside the shops. Please click on each individual thumbnail for a larger shot. You can additionally access our image gallery for a friendly browsing here. Please apolgize for the bad quality of some pictures.


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