Xbox Series S Surpassed PlayStation 5 Weekly Sales In Japan

The next-gen Xbox consoles have begun to challenge Sony's authority in Japan.

The next-gen Xbox Series X and S duo has enhanced console gaming to a new realm by delivering a vast upgrade in quality over the last generation. The little brother of the two, the Xbox Series S provides high performance and optimizations for a reasonable price. The digital-only console is a perfect device for casual gamers.

Major Takeaway:

  • According to the latest physical sales charts, Xbox Series S has surpassed the PlayStation 5 sales in Japan this week.
  • The leading cause behind the recent Xbox Series S’ high sale figures is the 5000 yen gift card offer started by Phil, alongside more initiatives to attract the Japanese audience to Xbox consoles.

Japan’s physical sales charts are finally out, revealing good news for Xbox Series S. The console has sold much more than PlayStation 5 in Japan for the week ending September 18. Phil Spencer‘s recent visits to Japan during Tokyo Game Show 2022 have paid off, resulting in a massive power-up in sales for Xbox Series S.

Xbox Series S sold a massive amount of 13,211 units last week. The Series S sales boost has also dominated the PlayStation 5 for the week ending September 18. PS5, on the other hand, rolled out an alarming number of units, selling only 8739 consoles. The PS5 digital edition also sold 2441 total units only.

Even the combined numbers of both editions do not accumulate enough to compete with Xbox Series S. These figures are also higher than the Xbox Series X, which is usually rare. Series X sold below 1000 units, a total of 866 devices only. However, the cumulative Xbox Series X and S sales still dwarf compared to PlayStation 5.

It is not a surprise that Switch continued to dominate the overall week in Japan. Switch OLED edition sold a staggering 96,889 new units, the default marketed 25,683 portables, and the Switch Lite sold 4986 units.

The authority of Sony is being challenged by Microsoft in Asian regions, specifically in Japan. Xbox’s latest offer to include a 5000 yen gift card for every Xbox Series S purchased in Japan has dramatically benefited weekly sales. Xbox is also concentrating on promoting Japanese developers and games.

Xbox is working toward bringing more Japanese titles to its subscription service. During the Tokyo Game Show event, Xbox revealed the coming of various fan-favorite Japanese titles on the Xbox Game Pass. Some of the games include Fuga Melodies of Steel, Danganronpa V3, and Ni No Kuni Wrath of the white witch.

Furthermore, the remastered versions of Persona 5 Royal, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 3 Portable were also substantial aspects of the TGS event. Xbox is focusing on bringing the Japanese audience to its side, and focusing on Japanese games is also definitely helping. These endeavors directly rattle the powerful Sony regime in Japan.

On the software side, for the week ending September 18, Splatoon 3 sold monumental numerals of 506,610 units. The second, third, and fourth places on the podium were occupied by Switch Dragon Quest X Awakening Five Races Offline. 

What are your thoughts about Xbox Series S selling more than PlayStation 5 in Japan? Do let us know your opinions in the comments below.

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