The PS5 sold 118,000 units in Japan during its four opening days, several times more than what the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S handled in six days. According to Famitsu, Sony’s console has gained a good head start in the region compared to its competitor Microsoft.
While the PS5 moved over 100,000 units in the days following its release, the new Xbox consoles only sold 21,000 units in almost a week, meaning Sony sold nearly five times as much. consoles than Microsoft during launch week. Famitsu also claims that the best-selling PS5 game in Japan so far is Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which sold 18,640 copies, although Demon’s Souls isn’t far behind on 18,607.
While this is an impressive start for Sony, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, sales are much lower than the PS4, which moved more than 300,000 units during its launch week in Japan in 2013 (although that launch came later than in other regions and didn’t not occurred during a pandemic). Second, as the Xbox Series X has sold fewer copies, Famitsu reports that the console is sold out in Japan and retailers have been conducting lottery sales, which could suggest that Microsoft has not been able to to meet demand.
It’s also worth pointing out that while this seems like a significant advance for Sony, these numbers only relate to the week of launch in a country. Elsewhere, it has seemed quite difficult to get hold of either console, so it will be interesting to see how the results play out in other regions.