It has been a week since the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 were first released, giving those fortunate enough to receive their first experience of the next generation of video game consoles. Though, now it is extremely obvious that Japanese fans prefer one next-gen system over the other as based on the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 numbers reveal for the first week of sales.
Both machines have brought about a massive amount of excitement from the members of the gaming community across the world. Apparently, a myriad of players has been yearning to take home one console or the other for the whole year of 2020.
Next-gen excitement was so extreme that even Walmart’s website crashed thanks to the high number of customers wanting to avail the PlayStation 5. However, in Japan, it appears more certain which of the two next-gen consoles has established more success in the first week of sales.
Famitsu reports that PlayStation 5 sold 118.000 units in 4 days and Xbox Series X/S 21.000 units in 6 days
Best selling PS5 game is Miles Morales with 18.640 sold unitshttps://t.co/2jJL7AN8Bm pic.twitter.com/PJTHkbQlbC
— Nibel (@Nibellion) November 18, 2020
Based on a recent report by Famitsu, which was later interpreted by industry expert Nibel on Twitter, the PlayStation 5 has sold over 120,000 units in Japan just four days since the release of the console in the region, whereas the Xbox Series X|S only sold a mere 21,000 units. That’s approximately six times the number of units sold compared to the combined sales of the Xbox Series X|S.
In addition to console sales, sales figures for the bestselling PlayStation 5 games were also released to the media. The top-selling PlayStation 5 game was Spider-Man: Miles Morales, with Demon’s Soul’s remake lagging not too far behind.
It could just be because of the fact that PlayStation is a much more famous and discernible brand in Japan compared to Microsoft’s Xbox, regardless, these are some highly remarkable figures, especially provided how short the time the consoles have been out for.
It’s also worth mentioning that historically the PlayStation brand is more famous in Japan compared to Xbox. These factors reflect each brand’s popularity, but they also don’t paint the whole picture when talking about console sales.
Both the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 had a supply shortage in North America, which means that they both reached big sales figures. Furthermore, Microsoft revealed that the Xbox Series X|S exceeded its prior console sales record in the United Kingdom.
With all these considered, this is only the start for both the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. While the sales figures in Japan are remarkable on their own, especially noting the short period of time, this will likely pale in comparison to international sales. For now, this remains a remarkable achievement for Sony and should hopefully indicate the consistent financial success of the PlayStation 5.