After a suspiciously long delay in releasing the sales figures, many had started to think the Playstation 4’s Japanese launch may have bombed completely. Reports suggested a lackluster response at retail with many consoles still readily available in stores.
Well, after the delay, Sony have finally dropped the figures and things, whilst not as high as Sony’s hopes, were certainly not as bleak as feared.
During its first weekend on sale in Japan, the PS4 sold a whopping 322 000 consoles. This represents a very strong opening weekend – maybe not exceptional – but very solid. To put this into context, Sony’s last home console, the PS3, shifted only a little over 88 000 units in the same period. Furthermore, the Nintendo Wii U was viewed to have had a very successful launch in Japan when it sold 308 000 machines in 48 hours. Good though this undoubtedly is, 322 000 is still a far cry from the PS2’s dominance in Japan. Back in 2000, the PS2 cleared nearly double the PS4 sales – and caused riots in the streets! You can’t buy press like that!
Of course, the Wii U performance in Japan is not something Sony will be looking to replicate as, after a stunning opening weekend, the Wii U’s sales numbers dropped off rapidly. Instead, Sony will be hoping the PS4 is greeted with the same reception it has received in the US and Europe. Console sales there have been massive, surpassing 5 million console sales in less than 90 days. With support incoming from the Japanese market, the PS4 could hit 6 million before the end of next week!
Demand is still sky high in the US and Europe. However, Sony have clearly shifted focus to Japan in the short term. Understandable given the Playstation’s home nation has had to wait three months for the machine – the last thing Sony will want is demand to then outstrip supply.
It would seem those unsold machines still available in the Japanese stores might not actually be indicative of the poor performance of the console after all. They now look to to represent the respect Sony still has for its supporters.
Yes, we made you wait, but now its here, its here for all.
The good news is Sony have announced that by April, the PS4 should be freely available in all the major territories. And with the Xbox One price drop recently announced, Sony may not be far behind. Fingers crossed.
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