The Japanese Famitsu has the first sales of the next-gen consoles PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S revealed for Japan. According to this, PlayStation 5 sold exactly 118,085 times in the first four days (from November 12th to 15th). The two representatives from Microsoft, on the other hand, only sold 20,534 times in the first six days (from November 10th to 15th).
Past generations show a similar trend
While there was a similar ratio of sold consoles from Sony and Microsoft in the last generation, things looked very different in the days of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The sales figures only differed by around 26,000 units sold in the same sales period.
The Famitsu also noted that the sales of the PlayStation 4 with 332,084 units sold compared to the PlayStation 4 were higher. However, there is an important factor here as to why the PS4 sold better back then. The PS4 was about three months later in Japan than Europe and North America at the time. Thus, a higher contingent of consoles could be offered for sale at the start of sales, as the manufacturers had three additional months to pre-produce the home consoles.
Here is the list of previous sales of the older PlayStation and Xbox consoles:
- PlayStation 3: 88,443 units sold in the first two days (November 11-12, 2006)
- Xbox 360: 62,135 units sold in the first two days (December 10-11, 2005)
- PlayStation 4: 332,083 units sold in the first two days (February 22-23, 2014)
- Xbox One: 23,562 units sold in the first four days (September 4-7, 2014)
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales as a big seller
The best-selling PS5 game in Japan is Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The title has sold a total of 18,640 units. This is followed immediately by Demon’s Souls, which went over the counter 18,607 times. Most games for Xbox Series X | S are available purely digitally in Japan.
The sales start of the PS5 and Xbox Series X | S was a bit bumpy in Japan as well. Immediately after opening the pre-orders, all consoles were sold out. In Japan, retailers are using lottery-based sales, so consoles are hard to come by there right now. The supply and sales figures are expected to increase towards the end of the year.
via Gematsu, images: PlayStation 5, Sony