PS4 launch success in Japan

News & Views Technology Trends & Culture - February 27th, 2014

Sony’s PlayStation 4 consoles flew off the shelves during its launch in Japan over the weekend.

Domestic sales for the next-generation console reached 322,083 units in the first two days, according to Japanese magazine Famitsu. The figure was nearly four times as many as the 88,443 PS3 units sold during its opening weekend in 2006.

A few days following the PS4’s launch in the US and Canada on November 2013, Sony reported sales of one million PS4 units within the first 24 hours of its release in the market. Sony announced just last week that it sold 5.3 million PS4 units globally as of February 8.

While the PS4 fared better than its predecessor, gaming experts said the circumstances were different. The PS3 was extremely supply-constrained for its first few months, while PS4 consoles seemed to be well-stocked.

The PS4 released in Japan is priced at 39,980 yen and 43,980 yen bundled with its Eye camera peripheral.

Sony has seemingly surpassed its current fiscal target. The company will likely release its latest data for the fiscal year in May.

Rival Nintendo notably sold 308,570 Wii U units in Japan in its first week on sale. Microsoft’s Xbox One, which sold more than one million consoles within 24 hours when it launched across 13 markets on November, is slated to launch in Japan this year.

By Maesie Bertumen

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