Japan is the PS4’s home turf. So it is no wonder that Microsoft is struggling to get a foothold in the Japanese gaming market, with the release of the Xbox One. The console just can’t move past the popularity of the PlayStation 4 in its home country. According to Japanese gaming site Famitsu, Microsoft’s latest console sold only 23,562 units in its first week of release. It’s a hard sell in that country.
It should be noted that the sales period for the first week was only September 4 to September 7, but it’s a number that the Xbox 360 was able to beat in less time during its 2005 release in Japan. Microsoft sold 62,135 Xbox 360 consoles within the first two days based on numbers provided by Enterbrain. However, Media Create says that 41,817 units sold in the same time frame. At any rate, about 159,000 units had been shipped by Microsoft.
Titanfall had the higher number of software sales for the first week of the Xbox One, selling 21,416 copies. Kinect Sports Rivals had 14,191 copies sold and Capcom’s Dead Rising 3 sold 7,330 units. These software sales numbers include copies that were sold in bundles, like the Xbox One Day One Edition with the Kinect and the Titanfall bundle. 29 games were launched in Japan during the console’s release.
During the Xbox 360 release, software also did poorly. The top title Ridge Racer 6 sold only 29,891 copies in 2005. Only 14,897 copies of Perfect Dark Zero and 6,842 copies of Need for Speed: Most Wanted were sold. To put that all in perspective, the PlayStation 4 and Wii U sold more than 300,000 consoles during their releases.
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