Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles released last week, and Famitsu provided its initial sales estimates for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S launches in Japan.
According to Famitsu’s estimates, the PS5 sold 118,005 units in its first four days in Japan. This includes the standard and Digital Edition PlayStation 5 models. The four days took place from November 12, 2020, to November 15, 2020. The best-selling software was Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which sold 18,640 copies during this period.
It’s worth noting that the launch sales were different from previous console launches in Japan, as pre-orders were not only rationed, but stores required lotteries to decide who can purchase the consoles. Moreover, keep in mind that launch day sales were online-only.
All things considered, 118k units for the PlayStation 5’s launch in Japan is much lower than the +300,000 units of PlayStation 4 consoles sold in its opening weekend. According to Famitsu‘s estimate at the time, the PS4 had sold 322,083 units in two days (February 22-23, 2014). However, the PS5’s launch topped the PlayStation 3’s Japanese debut of around 88,443 units sold in two days (November 11-12, 2006).
As for the new Xbox, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S sold an estimated 20,534 units in six days. This was from November 10, 2020, to November 15, 2020. Most software sales for Xbox Series X/S were from digital purchases.