According to reports out of Japan, the cumulative sales of the Sony PS5 game consoles in Japan now exceeds 400,000 units. The report also contains the sales of other gaming consoles like the Nintendo Switch series, and the Microsoft Xbox series X/S.
It has been 17 weeks since the Sony PS5 series (digital and optical disc versions) hit the market in Japan. According to market records, the Sony PS5 sales in Japan have been growing steadily. Its weekly sales volume is about 33,000 units, which is a 35% increase from last week. Weekly sales volume shows an upward trend for the third consecutive week. The sales of the standard version of PS5 increased by 40% to 30,117 units, and the digital version increased by 6% to 3,721 units.
It is also worth mentioning that Sony’s previous-generation game console PS4 still has a certain sales volume. Last week, sales of PS4 series models (including PS4 Pro) in Japan increased by 9% to 3,217 units. While the standard version of PS4 sales increased by 9% to 3,201 units, the PS4 Pro 4K playback version increased by 14% to 16 units.
Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch lags behind Sony PS5
In addition, Nintendo’s “veteran” Switch series also has good sales. Due to the strong sales of newly launched games, last week (February 22-28) Nintendo Switch series models (normal version Switch + Switch Lite) sales increased in Japan by 5% to 78,049 units. The regular Switch version sales fell 3% to 50,141 units, and Switch Lite increased 24% to 27,908 units.
Microsoft’s sales here will be bleak. Last week, Microsoft’s new Xbox (Xbox Series X/S) sold 1487 units in Japan (230 units last week), of which Xbox Series X hit 1,429 units (133 last week). There are 58 units for Xbox Series S (97 units last week). The data shows that the PS4 series sales are more than twice that of Xbox Series X/S. In addition, the Sony PS5 series sales are more than 22.7 times that of Xbox Series X/S.
Sony’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Yushu Yuki, said at the financial report meeting that the global sales goal of Sony PS5 in this fiscal year (April 2020-March 2021) is to surpass the 7.6 million units that PS4 had in its first year. From the market situation, the demand for the PS5 next year (from April 2021) will remain high. The PS4 hit 14.8 million units in its second year. Sony PS5 will also aim to beat this figure in its second year.