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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.

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