Due to the lack of stock, it has happened more than once that the Xbox Series performs better than the PlayStation 5 at the “home level”!
The quote is no coincidence: Although Sony is Japanese, the PlayStation brand is more American (which doesn’t even respect Japanese tradition, so the Circle-Okay button layout, the usual X-back was changed to be the same on PlayStation 5 as on PlayStation 5 West), but one would expect to defeat Microsoft, which was treated like a foreigner in the Asian archipelago (therefore showing almost ridiculous sales during the Xbox 360 and Xbox One era).
Again, this didn’t come together: A Famitsu Reported sales results for the week of June 13-19. 3,272 Xbox Series X copies were sold. Not much. From Xbox Series S 3423. Well, this is surprising, but given the smaller size, it is no wonder that the Japanese prefer a more comfortable option. By contrast, the PlayStation 5 Standard Edition generated 2,371 sales, while the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition generated only 664 sales. 6695 vs. 3035. So Microsoft sold twice as many Sony devices!
It is fair to mention last year’s sales for the same period. The week of June 14th during 3141 Xbox Series X copies, 543 Xbox Series S copies, 13905 PlayStation 5 Standard Editions, and 1441 PlayStation 5 Digital Editions only. 3684 vs. 15,346. A total of 9,730 consoles were sold in one week this year and 19,030 last year. Since the console pairs launched in November 2020, it’s impossible to notice that they’ve simply hit the ceiling and have no one to sell: the Nintendo Switch sold 50405 copies in a week last year…
Consoles are actually in short supply, but let’s not forget that PlayStation 5 has a total sales of 1.69 million units in Japan, while the Xbox series duo is only 122,000 units. But this case also proves that Microsoft is in a slightly better position (it’s true that Xbox CFO has already said, and we’ve written that he doesn’t expect any improvement this year…).
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