With Hatsune Miku Expo in Shanghai, and Sony of China announcing limited PlayStation 4 and PS Vita bundles with a Hatsune Miku theme, things seem to be shifting pretty quickly for Hatsune Miku fans in China.
Now Sony of China has announced another collaboration that started today: A Hatsune Miku collaboration for their own Walkman NWZ-A15 media player, and Sony MDR-1A headphones, both of which are premium products. For this collaboration, 4 different colors of the Walkman will be available (black, gray, pink and blue in metallic finishes),and 2 different colors for the headphones (black and gray). These colors take accents from Hatsune Miku’s official color palette.
Here is where the fan collab comes into play: The MP3 players have 4 different illustrations to choose from for the backside design, and the headphones also have 4 different designs. Two designs were illustrated by KEI, the official Hatsune Miku V2 illustrator, while the other two were illustrated by iXima, the official Hatsune Miku V3 illustrator.
Fan voting begins today, and will run until August 14th in China. Fans can vote by following the QR code on the official collaboration site, and casting their vote via the WeChat app. The winning MP3 player and headphone designs will be adopted for official production, with availability and pricing to be announced later. The release will likely remain China-exclusive.