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PlayStation Watch Fails to Impress Japanese Social Media

PlayStation Watch Fails to Impress Japanese Social MediaFollowers of all the latest video game-related merchandise in Akihabara spotted this product September 18 — an officially-licensed PlayStation watch.

No, it doesn’t beam information from your PS4 to your wrist or anything like that. This is a purely nostalgia-invoking piece that looks like a tiny PS1 resting on your arm. Its fancy features include telling the time, date, and counting up from zero.

The watch goes for 3,500 yen, which is about $32. It’s new in Japan, but has apparently been out in other regions since March.

Commenters on Japanese social media channels, at least, were not particularly impressed by this time-telling product, writing comments like “lame,” “it should cost about $10,” “I can’t believe it’s officially licensed” and “I’d feel embarrassed wearing it.”

At least one commenter was (slightly) more positive, writing, “it’s a little lame but I want it!”

How about you?


Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.