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Best case scenario in Japan could be if it isn't an unstoppable decline, but a stabilization to a level where every other generation of home consoles can be successful and the other is unimpressive. So 8th gen could do well, 9th could do like 7th and so on. It wouldn't be unprecedented in IT market, Windows versions follow this pattern not only in Japan, but worldwide. It sometimes happens to cars manufacturers too, although each product can behave this way for different reasons: for consoles, the huge game library a successful console gathers at the end of its life can be strong enough to make many users skip a generation, and in Japan population ageing can boost this effect (while worldwide growing markets up until now made up for and exceeded any ageing, allowing an overall growth), for Windows, the sloppy attitude of MS about releasing unready products worsen the effect of people wanting a stabilised platform for longer than the lifecycle MS would like to enforce, and for cars, safety rules, regulations and laws force manufacturers to go against their wish to implement programmed obsolescence, and high prices and cyclic economic and oil crises do the rest, making many people avoid replacing a product durable enough.



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No, it can´t.

Handheld and mobile gaming is a trend that has been dominating Japan for several years by now. PS4 won´t change that.



Best chance it has if the fact its easy to program for.

Means Japanese devs can make games for it and make em faster and cheeper then on PS3.

Basically Japanese gamers will have more better reasons to game on PS4 then they ever did on PS3

 

Im sure lower price will help also, and working remote play.



Rogerioandrade said:
No, it can´t.

Handheld and mobile gaming is a trend that has been dominating Japan for several years by now. PS4 won´t change that.


I think you mean mobile, seeing as handheld is declining

Eg, 3DS and PS Vita



007BondAgent said:
Rogerioandrade said:
No, it can´t.

Handheld and mobile gaming is a trend that has been dominating Japan for several years by now. PS4 won´t change that.


I think you mean mobile, seeing as handheld is declining

Eg, 3DS and PS Vita


Yes, it is, as home consoles are also declining. The 3ds still sells good enough,  though. 



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Nah maybe if it got another Dragon Quest or something special. FF15 and KH3 will help.



Nope. I hope so, but nope.



JWeinCom said:
I don't see anything that the PS4 does very differently from the currently dominating consoles, so I don't see why it would shake things up.


^This unfortunately. =/

No, PS4 will change nothing and Sony itself is partly to blame for this. Sony is a Japanese company and they treat their own country as not important, they releas the ps 4 at the very end there. This tells all about you have to know about how Sony views japanese market.

Japanese customers and developers are focused on Smartphone and Handheld gaming and Sony does their best to change nothing about this.



I thought the WiiU would do really well in Japan with the line up it had, but it didn't, so either people really are more interested in the PS4 (which would be funny, as the biggest franchises are on WiiU), or in Japan there is no big market for home consoles anymore.

Smartphone/mobile games on the other hands had an enormous increase over there as far as I am informed, so maybe japanese gaming really is quickly shifting in that direction.