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PS5 Sells Six Times More Than Xbox Series X/S In Japan’s Launch Week


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The PS5 sells six times as many units as Xbox Series X/S in Japan during launch week, establishing Sony’s console as current-gen frontrunner there.

A new report reveals that PS5 outsold Xbox Series X/S in Japan by a wide margin during launch week, with totals putting Sony’s console sales at roughly six times the amount of Microsoft’s units moved. Despite the many hiccups in PS5 and Xbox Series X/S pre-orders, the consoles’ respective launch weeks have been strong across the board, with both Sony and Microsoft devices sold out practically everywhere – and with very few restocks on the horizon before 2021.

The PS5 and Xbox Series X/S launch has been strange, with outside factors like a worldwide slowdown in production obviously playing their part. Both consoles have launched with a shortage of proper exclusives to drive interest, but that hasn’t hurt sales in the slightest, as many consumers still want to purchase units and can’t because they’re out of stock. PS5 has Demon’s Souls, which has reviewed well but is a remake of a 2009 game, while Xbox Series X was supposed to have Halo: Infinite prior to delay. In the latter case, what was supposed to be a launch title that sold consumers on the future of Xbox now won’t arrive until 2021 – though that might mean it’s in time for the true second wave of consoles, at least.

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According to a new report from Famitsu (via Gematsu), PS5 outsold Xbox Series X/S in Japan during launch week by about six times the amount of units moved. PS5 sold 118,085 units, while Xbox Series X/S trailed with 20,354, and Xbox even had a two day lead in terms of availability – the units sold covers six days for Xbox Series X and four for PS5. That being said, days available doesn’t really factor into sales much given that both consoles have been sold out via pre-order at nearly every location they’ve been made available in, so it’s not like there were consumers picking up consoles on day three of their launch period in many scenarios. Famitsu also provided software sales for PS5, noting that Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales topped sales with 18,640 units sold, followed closely by Demon’s Souls‘ 18,607 units. Xbox games are mostly sold digitally in Japan, so units moved isn’t a useful metric to measure success for Microsoft’s console.

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There are some other caveats, too. Both consoles are sold out in Japan, which means the 20,000 and change Xbox Series X units moved were essentially the country’s allocation for the console. While it seems unlikely it would have moved 100,000 units more were they available, it’s certainly worth noting. It’s also important to contextualize what sort of console market exists in Japan – Sony is by far a bigger favorite there, and the PlayStation brand has historically done significantly better, with even Xbox’s Phil Spencer acknowledging the brand needs to do better in Japan.

Still, people want figures for how well each current-gen console is selling, and now they have more to work with thanks to Japan’s first week of PS5 and Xbox Series X/S sales. Simply launching the Xbox Series X/S in Japan wasn’t going to push that brand forward in the country, however, and if Microsoft is genuinely targeting Japan as a potential growth sector this console generation, those Xbox numbers may begin rising in second and third waves of devices depending on game announcements and potential acquisitions.

Next: Where PS5 Consoles Will Be On Sale For Black Friday

Source: Famitsu (via Gematsu)

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Updated: November 18, 2020 — 4:45 pm

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