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PlayStation 5 surpasses Xbox Series in sales by more than 5 times

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Sales data for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles in Japan showed that the Sony device outpaced Microsoft hardware sales by more than 5x, but overall sales were lower than the previous generation. November 19 marks the launch of the PS5 to the rest of the world as the current-gen console rolls out in 65 countries.

Japanese media outlet Famitsu has released interesting data on the likely initial sales of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in Japan. Unsurprisingly, the PlayStation brand is outselling the Xbox in Japan, as current estimates indicate. In Japan, it appears that avid gamers bought 118,085 PS5 units in Japan, while only 20,534 Xbox Series consoles were bought. This means Sony’s console outperforms new Xbox device sales by 5.75x, an impressive ratio even in a market that is heavily tied to the PlayStation (and Nintendo).

The source also cited sales figures for Switch and Switch Lite, and they are very high, and sales of PS5 and Xbox Series consoles are less than you might expect:

  • PlayStation 5: 103 901.
  • PlayStation 5 Digital Edition: 14,184.
  • Xbox Series X: 16,247.
  • Xbox Series S: 4287.
  • Nintendo Switch: 93 671.
  • Nintendo Switch Lite: 22,596 units.

Bloomberg confirms these numbers and believes the pandemic has affected the supply chain, leading to a shortage of new consoles from Sony and Microsoft. It is likely that due to its global expansion, PS5 sales will suffer due to logistics and console shortages in key markets. Since Sony is likely to focus more on lucrative markets such as the US, Canada, UK and Europe, PS5 sales in Japan can be expected to be lower than PS4 sales.

Although the start of sales of the PlayStation 5 in Russia did not start smoothly, to put it mildly, Sony is trying to meet demand. But it looks like it won’t be easy and the scalpers got another sacrifice.

Source: notebookcheck

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