Sony makes Korean gamers’ dreams come true by finally giving them Metal Gear and Dragon Quest

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Korean gamers and netizens are crying tears of joy now that Sony has announced it will be translating some of the most popular Playstation titles into Korean for the first time. This might come as a surprise for many considering the popularity of video games in Japan’s close neighbor, but for years fans of these series were deprived of the ultimate gaming experience in their native tongue. However, that will finally change this summer.

Described by many netizens as a “dream come true,” Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) announced recently on their official website and blog that two of the most popular series available on the PlayStation, Dragon Quest and Metal Gear Solid, will be localized into Hangul, slated for release in summer this year. This strategic move is accompanied by the release of the PlayStation 4, also localized, and was announced by SCE Korea CEO Shiro Kawauchi. Korean fans can definitely look forward to an epic summer of endless gaming.

This move by SCE Korea generated much buzz on social media, and netizens have expressed nothing but immense joy at this news:

“Currently, the most likable Japanese person in Korea is the CEO that announced the news.”

“I can’t believe this is happening in my lifetime!”

“Kawauchi actually shed tears and told the Korean users, ‘Thank you so much for waiting.’ What a great guy.”

“I am cancelling all my summer vacation plans to buy the PS4.”

Looks like Sony played their cards right this time. Not only are Korean fans super-hyped for the PS4, their CEO also shot to fame as one of the most popular Japanese people in a country where netizens are often hostile to the Japanese.

Put some old-school in your new-gen with this 20th Anniversary special edition PlayStation 4

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The original PlayStation turned 20 years old last week, so to mark the occasion Sony Computer Entertainment has unveiled a special limited-edition “20th Anniversary” PlayStation 4 console pimped out with the original 32-bit PlayStation’s color scheme and logo as well as commemorative etching on both the console and controller.

Sexy hardware photos and videos after the jump!

Announced during a celebration event yesterday, just 12,300 units (most likely a nod to the original console’s launch date of December 3) of the “Original Grey” PS4 will be made available to the public, with the launch date and details on how interested parties can get their hands on the console due to be announced this coming weekend.

The PlayStation 4’s visual design may take cues from the PlayStation 2 with its blue lines on black plastic and sharp edges, but this commemorative version borrows heavily from the original 32-bit PlayStation, right down to the four-colored PlayStation logo on its top-left corner and controller’s Home button.


Check out these official shots from Sony:

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At present, only the European and US pricing (€499 and $499, respectively) for the console has been given, but Sony has confirmed that it will be available to purchase worldwide.

The console comes packed with a special edition grey DualShock 4 controller (whose touchpad even features additional detail) and, whether it’ll end up gathering dust or not, a grey PlayStation Camera. Each unit will also be stamped with an individual serial number, so if you ever discover that the number on your special edition PS4 matches that of your friend’s, you can be sure that at least one of you got ripped off.

We’ll leave you with the reveal and unboxing videos from Sony. Best of luck to those of you who do try to pick one up when they become available; we look forward to crossing paths with you on eBay on the run-up to Christmas!


Sony and major Chinese investor rumored to be in talks to bring PlayStation 4 to China


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It was perhaps inevitable that games industry giants should start taking an interest in China the moment the country’s laws changed, permitting the production and sale of video games consoles for the first time in almost a decade and a half, but tech sites and analysts in China are now suggesting that talks held late last year between the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group and Japan’s Sony Corporation very likely herald the official arrival of PlayStation 4 in China.

Gaming site Games in Asia cites a report stating that officials from Shanghai Oriental Pearl, including board chair Ms. Niu Wei Ping, travelled to Japan to meet with Sony Computer Entertainment’s Hiroshi Kawano late last year. Although the purpose of the visit was allegedly for the Chinese company to learn more about the games industry, tech sites are now reporting that the two companies are likely working together to bring the PlayStation brand to China.

The Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group, a state-owned enterprise, is perhaps best known for its Oriental Pearl Tower, the fifth-tallest broadcasting tower in the world, but the group also has a number of significant media investments and advertising experience, making it more than capable of handling the kind of venture that tech industry analysts are currently speculating.

▼The Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai

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As Games in Asia takes care to point out, however, tech sites in China are not known for their reputable reporting, and a number of the sources they link to offer scant detail. We suppose all we can do for now is wait and see, but one thing is certain amidst all of this rumour and speculation: with China finally saying yes to games consoles, there is potentially a vast amount of money to be made by staking an early claim to the “new” territory. We’re sure that Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft are all watching the country very, very closely right now.

Source: Games in Asia

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Sony and major Chinese investor rumored to be in talks to bring PlayStation 4 to China