For the second time, the Xbox Series X|S consoles outsold the PS5 in Japan. Generally considered to have the home-gaming advantage in Japan, the PS5 only managed to sell 3,035 units – a combined total of the disc and digital edition – in the week beginning June 13, while the Xbox Series X sold 3,272 units. .
It’s worth noting that the current shortage of semiconductors has resulted in supply constraints for both consoles, not only in Japan but also around the world. So while unusual, this appears to be more of a supply-driven anomaly than a sudden and genuine shift in consumer interest.
According to Famitsu (via GamesRadar), the Xbox Series S also sold 3,423 units in that week. When split, the disc-based PS5 sold a total of 2,371 units and the cheaper all-digital version only managed to sell 664 units. This is the second time Microsoft has outsold the PS5 in Japan, as the Xbox Series S alone outsold the PS5 by 6,120 sales to 2,963 in May.
Even with the occasional week where Microsoft comes out on top, Sony is still enjoying positive sales figures for the PS5 of late. Sony confirmed in early June that PS5 sales have surpassed 20 million units sold since its launch in November 2020 and promised a “significant increase” in PS5 production by 2022 to help meet demand.
Sony has estimated that it will sell 18 million PS5 consoles during the fiscal year that began on April 1 and ends on March 31, 2023, and this number is based on the company’s “current visibility” in sourcing parts. If you’re looking to pick up your own PS5 console, you can check out our PS5 restock feature to see when the device is back in stock.
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