The Xbox Series S Outsold PS5 in Japan Last Week, But It’s Complicated

It’s no huge secret that Microsoft has struggled to crack into the Japanese market. All 4 generations of Xbox have seen minuscule uptake in a rustic that vastly prefers to purchase home {hardware} from Nintendo and Sony. However, final week one thing extraordinary occurred. Over May 9-15, the Xbox Series S outsold the PS5 by a 2:1 ratio.

Is Xbox outselling PlayStation in Japan?

Looking at these numbers (by way of Famitsu), you would possibly suppose that Microsoft has lastly hit its stride in Japan after 20 years. However, whereas the Xbox Series X|S line of consoles has offered higher, it appears to be extra of a problem of low PS5 inventory than a sudden burst in recognition.

Looking on the {hardware} gross sales quantity for Japan from May 9-15, 2022, we get:

  1. Switch (OLED): 35,868 (1,757,190 cumulative)
  2. Switch (Base Model): 20,443 (18,288,180 cumulative)
  3. Xbox Series S: 6,120 (105,408 cumulative)
  4. PS5 (Disc): 2,240 (1,385,128 cumulative)
  5. Switch Lite: 901 (4,712,930 cumulative)
  6. PS5 (Digital): 453 (235,710 cumulative)
  7. New Nintendo 2DS LL: 235 (1,185,959 cumulative)
  8. Xbox Series X: 105 (99,469 cumulative)
  9. PS4: 22 (7,811,548 cumulative)

Another fascinating stat is that the New Nintendo 2DS LL outsold each the Xbox Series X and PS4. A stunning feat contemplating the final 3DS sport was launched virtually three years in the past.

What’s extra telling is the truth that all the 10 best-selling software program titles for this era are for the Nintendo Switch:

  1. Nintendo Switch Sports: 47,525
  2. Kirby: Discover of the Stars: 14,903
  3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: 11,127
  4. eBASEBALL: Powerful Professional Baseball 2022: 10,372
  5. Ring Fit Adventure: 6,839
  6. Minecraft (Switch): 6,553
  7. The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story: 6,409
  8. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: 5,849
  9. Mario Party Superstars: 4,360
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: 4,245

Many followers have hypothesized that Sony’s elevated give attention to the West (together with establishing Sony Interactive Entertainment HQ in San Mateo, CA) has alienated a few of its Japanese viewers. Software gross sales closely lean towards Nintendo, which low {hardware} shares can’t completely clarify.

In different information, the next-gen The Witcher 3 port will get a brand new launch window, and the PS5 is getting its first console bundle.

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