Sony’s trying time in its home country continues, as the PS5 was outsold by the Xbox Series X|S in Japan for a second week. This already occurred once in mid-May, and was noteworthy because it was the first time a PlayStation console had been beaten by an Xbox platform in the weekly Japanese hardware charts for over a decade.
According to Famitsu, the Sony console managed to sell just 3,035 units through the week ending 19th June, while the Xbox Series X|S family, which is also supply constrained, managed 6,695 units. Both were, as you’d expect, handily beaten by the Nintendo Switch’s eye-popping 50,405 units. Nintendo dominated the software charts, too, with only three PlayStation games appearing in the top 30.
PS5 stock issues are largely to blame for Sony’s slump in Japan, with the system selling 1,694,003 units overall compared to Xbox Series X|S’ 239,059 units. But ultimately, both consoles are statistical anomalies compared to the Nintendo Switch’s 25,060,809, which has been available a few years longer. Nevertheless, these results will be concerning for the Japanese manufacturer, who just can’t seem to get a steady flow of systems onto shelves worldwide.
[source famitsu.com, via gematsu.com]
This isn't a big deal, two weeks out of how many? Since the ps5 came out....
Last week in japan the ps5 sold double what the series consoles did combined.
So let's not blow this out of proportion
That's one of the reasons why sony buying Square-Enix is a good move. This will garantee all Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest games will release on the PS systems. There is a perception in Japan that Dragon Quest is still a Nintendo thing. These games and other franchises from S-E can still release for other systems, but playstation being the home of these games will make a difference. Everyone knows that non portable consoles are now secondary in Japan though.
UK got stock last night at Symths toys delivery only
All gone now. PS5 is one hot product and Sony need to make a lot lot more, they must be missing out on so many console, games and peripheral sales.
There isn’t a manufacturing shortfall for Sony in Japan specifically. There is a lack of care and respect when allocating stock to the Japanese market. Just as there has been a clear lack of respect since the west took over the new “globalised” structure.
Another negative article from Sammy barker. Give someone else a chance.
@thefourfoldroot1 I don't know if I agree.
They have to be very selective with where they put their limited stock.
I could speculate that rather than being intentionally disrespectful towards their home country, it might be more a case of putting the stock where they can be certain it will generate wider momentum for the future.
We can't do more than speculate, obviously. I just don't see it as they are being disrespectful. Rather it's a combination of having severely limited stock, along with Nintendo dominating in the region.
Said it all along Microsoft will win this war they have purchased millions of chips there's nothing Sony can do they simply can't make enough machines
@Shepherd_Tallon perfectly said. Also the economic situation worldwide and how the Yen compares with the dollar currently, Sony seems to be focusing more stock in the EU and US until currency balances out better for Japan.
Who cares bout hardware sales in Japan, LMAO
The only thing that matters over there is Nintendo anyways
The chip shortage should calm down a bit by the holidays or early next year than PlayStation will be back dominating.
It was 6k to 3k obviously stock shortage on ps end. Also the total sales is like 2 mil to 200k and thats with xbox widely available. Demand is only going one way
@SamMR After Sony stabbed the Vita in the back, I think you're right
So is the PS5 more complicated to produce than the Xbox Series X or is it Microsoft securing more chips and moving to the head of the line in production that is creating the continued shortage?
May have agreed with you over Christmas or very early this year. But in the UK there are stack loads of series s and x consoles sitting on shelf’s not going anywhere fast. You can tell by Smyths Toys stock checker on line.
Surely, the PS5's giant heat sink can't be helping.
And yet Sony is about to announce more overpriced underwhelming hardware peripherals for said console in shortage.
It is all right people, let's not blow the fact that it is almost impossible to buy a PS5 out of proportions.
How does Nintendo not have the same manufacturing problems that both Sony and Microsoft have?
Because the Switch is still using Tegra X1 chips from 2017. There is no shortage of those because no one wants them.
That's what happens when you play dirty and pay for chip priority. C'mon, we all know it's true deep down. There has been no shortage of Xbox Series S/X's all year everywhere. I've seen them in stock on several websites for months on end and yet zero PS5's all year. If Microsoft can get stock without issue and PS5's are still practically non-existant then you know deep down it's true.
Fanboys can and will deny it but that's shady business practices for you and it happens. Microsoft are desperate, the consoles are the primary gateway to sell GamePass whether they want to admit it or not and GamePass is their last chance to be a success in gaming.
And when you consider all the journalist websites 'rumours' of the chip priority and the very sudden fact that Microsoft likes reporting console sales now despite saying 'sales don't matter' and not reporting them for an entire generation. Let's not kid ourselves.
Wake me up when the series has sold more than the xbone.
@Shepherd_Tallon this is exactly what it is! Also, “the west” usually means North America and right now Europe is where PS is strongest. What’s wrong with putting your product where it’ll sell most? Why do we think there are more XBOXes in NA and not in Japan? Simple economics.
@thefourfoldroot1 Their consoles dont sell so good anymore in Japan so why bother i would put my stock in the markets that want them its not so strange.
Why should Japanese buy a PS5? Most of the games with high popularity are also available on PS4 and Switch. In fact, Xbox offers some interesting new experiences, while many new games run flawlessly on Series S, with a great form factor (ideal for small Japanese flats) and a tempting price. Don’t get me wrong, I also think that PS5 has a higher demand than Series X/S, but it is far from being a magnitude as it was with the prior generation.
I really don't know who actually cares about console sales ranking besides the companies involved, and I supposes fanboys. Do you like games? All of them have good games.
Asi i said recently, Push square love to spread FUD, in regards to the ps5. They know, by making the ps5 as terrible as possible, they will get more clicks from the anti-sony brigade.
I used to love reading Push, but now? I prefer Eurogamer, as there is no bias for any console on that site.
I think it's more then console shortage in Japan the reason ps5 is not selling so goof. The Japanese dislike big bulky products. They like small and simple designs they was issues with that when the fat ps3 or the fat orignal xbox. Yes shortage I'm sure has alot but they will snub their noise up if it's not the way the won't it
Instead of throwing away bilions on acquisitions, I would rather build factory for producing my products.
People forget we are a significant way into this generation.
We’ve long passed the point where people will say “I will just get this game for PS4 Pro for now”.
That transition period has passed.
A lot of emphasis gets put on exclusives, but 99% of games are third party cross platform.
With the XSX in stock consistently, more people will switch eco systems. Especially those like me who don’t tend to play online games and don’t care where IRL friends are.
Doesn’t mean they won’t get a PS5 in the future when the price is lower and buy some exclusives, but they will keep buying most games on their Xbox and a lot of revenue is lost to Sony.
They had a digital and disk version in my local GAME yesterday. Naturally they were made in to bundles tho.
Why you want a XsX anyway?
It shows the same pattern as the Xbox one.
Salesfigures, horrible momentum between good games, games not even worth mentioned, a gamepass but with less quality old games, or with 3th party games you play, but you actualy dont want to, but there are no games to look forward to for a long time.
Nah at least you have more and better classic ps titles to play with.
I choosed for ps5, because i don't fall for this one again. And if i did not have any nextgen right now i would definetly have the patience.
Went to a shop near me last week, they got a pallet full of XsX placed them next to the slim version(wich has not been sold for 6 months)
Went back yesterday, maybe only 4 where sold.
I guess XsX is most wanted in america, but not in europe, here they just wait.
And if someone has the ps5, they have to barricade the front door.
These are facts.
It gets interesting, when MS comes with a new model and lower its price to €299,- two years from now, when there is actualy a great catalog of games, and you can place it next to your ps5.
At that time sony has sold like 50 million more.
Things are not looking good for xbox, even though they have advantage over stock at this moment.
But maybe i am sceptical if ms sells like 70 million units at the end, they doing fantastic.
And i dont see sony sell like 140 million ps units anymore.
Makes you think how well nintendo did, during corona. Pushing prox. 60 million units(sold!! not even stock) within a 2 and a half year span.
@PALversusNTSC people would want an XSX because you can actually buy one…
I want a jet powered flying car, but I bought a Toyota hybrid because the former doesn’t exist…
You need to look at your games collection. Sure you may just play Sony exclusives, but most of my games are not exclusive to any system. So exclusives don’t have a big impact on my hardware choices. XSX plays 90% of games, a PS5 plays 0% of games because it’s out of stock!
Sony exclusives are mostly single player experiences, so there is no need to play them this second, unlike a Destiny or Division. Not that you can even play them now if a console isn’t available.
So people will get a console that they can:
a, actually buy now
b, plays 90% of games that come out
If that person wants to buy Horizon Forbidden West, they still can. Actually they can save a fortune by getting a PS5 in a few years time and buying the game for £15 instead of £70.
That’s huge loss for Sony. All those 3rd party games with the platform cut of the price going to MS instead, plus what they lose by not selling their first party games for full price at launch.
Stock is a critical issue now. As I said earlier, even fan boys are past playing on PS4 Pro. They want to be playing Elden Ring at 60fps with fast load times etc. They want to play GTA V at 60fps without waiting ten minutes for it to load.
It’s over. People won’t tolerate “just play it on Pro for now” anymore.
@TheCollector316 Didn't Sony cut down the size of the heat sink on the more recent PS5s? Seem to remember there was a bit of concern as to whether they were running much hotter than normal original ones?
Sony should just work on a smaller form factor but that may be reliant on AMD shrinking the die process.
If you live in the UK then Very.co.uk had three massive drops in early June. Mainly the Horizon bundle but each of the three drops lasted about 2-3 days each a couple of weeks ago.
Again, if you live in the UK call or pop into your local Argos as they sometimes have stock in stores but don't show it online.
Microsoft will be pleased either way. They in one year with Series X/S outsold what they sold in 8 years with Xbox One. And it looks like Series X/S could sell more then first Xbox and even can get to Xbox 360 heights.
Of course, Switch is annihilating both Series X/S and PS5.
People can defend Sony all they want but they have to understand that, no matter whose fault it is, the supply issues will affect their business.
Personally, I know three people who have given up getting a PS5, instead bought Xbox Series X and two won’t go back to PlayStation. Why? Because missing out and waiting sucks.
Another family I know had the money for PS5 when it first came out, but couldn’t get one. Since then finances have been tighter and they don’t see a need to upgrade anymore. They are still PS gamers but sticking with a PS4.
There are lots of different scenarios and reasons for customers to either be frustrated or to jump ship.
Heck, I’m one of those frustrated people and it has affected my view of things. I’ve got an Xbox Series X with 3 years Game Pass prepaid. I wouldn’t have done that if it wasn’t so hard to get a PS5 and so easy to get an Xbox. It’s now my go to for Third Parties, especially as the backwards compatibility is better on Xbox. While PlayStation is my favourite brand, I’m only giving them money for first party titles now.
The bottom line is that the stock issues have affected sales and will have a long term affect on Sony’s business.
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