Sony’s PlayStation VR pre-orders in Japan began on Saturday and whilst the headset will not be released until October 2016, gamers are already lining up to reserve their device on release day.
Mainchini News reports that five hundred people were waiting to pre-order the next generation gaming device at Yodobashi Camera in Tokyo’s Akihabara. Hundred’s were also seen queuing up for the headset in Osaka.
The PlayStation VR was first announced at GDC 2014 and attracted a great deal of attention as the device did not require high ending gaming PC systems such as HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, but would instead be powered by Sony’s PlayStation 4. Two years later, the device has now been refined and will hit stores around the world later this year.
あす予約開始の「プレイステーションVR」ヨドバシAkibaは閉店とともに徹夜待機の姿が約50人ほど。直後解散させられるもエントランス周辺で待ち続けてる人たち多数 22:00頃 pic.twitter.com/yjumSatAD8
— ﾂﾙﾐﾛﾎﾞ (@kaztsu) June 17, 2016
By 10pm on Friday night, 50 people were already queuing outside Yodobashi, to secure their pre-order.
1 am outside the Tokyo Camera shop looked like this.
— 天才ミニミニ子宮マン (@sprGK) June 17, 2016
The Yamada Denki shop in Ikebukuro had only ordered 280 units, but still drew a crowd.
— ライブドアニュース (@livedoornews) June 18, 2016
A happy gamer secures his pre-order.