Xbox One’s first week sales figures in Japan are pretty awful
It looks like Microsoft’s Xbox One is failing to take off in Japan as according to Japanese video game news outlet Famitsu, the new console has only sold 23,562 units within its first week of release.
According to Famitsu, the top three highest selling Xbox One titles were Titanfall (EA) with 22,416 units sold, Kinect Sports Rivals (Microsoft Japan) with 14,191 units sold, and finally Dead Rising 3 (Microsoft Japan) with 7,330 units sold. These software numbers do include bundle sales.
So, how does Xbox One’s first week figures compare to Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Nintendo’s Wii U? Well to put it kindly Microsoft’s new console was thrashed. According to IGN, Sony sold 309,104 PlayStation 4s and Nintendo sold 308,142 Wii Us. As you can clearly see, the Xbox One barely managed to get off the ground when you compare its performance to its competitors.
This poor first week sales figure is nothing new for Microsoft as it seems the Xbox One isn’t taking off as they had hoped. Back in April of this year, Microsoft proudly announced they had shipped five million Xbox One consoles (please bear in mind shipped does not equal sale). While last month, Sony told audiences at their Gamescom press conference they sold more than ten million PlayStation 4 consoles (At the conference it was emphasized that these were sales and not how many they shipped to retailers).
While Xbox One might be lagging behind its main competitor, the PlayStation 4 it has to be said a console lifecycle is not a sprint, but a marathon. While PlayStation 4 might seem to be well out in front, they could easily see the Xbox One close up and maybe pass them.
Image source: Famitsu
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