The first next-gen numbers from Japan are here. In the local market of Japan, the PS5 was able to put itself well ahead of the Xbox Series X, which is not too much of a surprise.
The first preliminary sales figures of the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S have arrived from Japan. Both consoles came onto the market there last week. The Xbox Series X was released on November 10, 2020, followed by the PS5 on November 12, 2020.
The first sales figures make it clear once again that Microsoft is having a hard time in Japan regarding the sales figure. While the PS5 came to 118,000 sales in the first days of market launch, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S combined are “only” 21,000 units sold.
There are two things to keep in mind: In Japan, the Xbox market is by and large negligible. In the past few years, there have been weeks when Xbox consoles didn’t even hit the triple digits. Compared to that, the 21,000 sales seem pretty decent.
On the other hand, the availability of consoles worldwide is the limiting factor, as is the case in Japan. In other words, the sales figures in the coming months do not provide any reliable information as to which of the two consoles is more in demand. And Microsoft does not want to publish official figures anyway.
In the UK and the rest of the world, the PS5 will release tomorrow, on November 19, 2020. Numerous customers report that the dispatch or the preparations have been running since yesterday.
If you haven’t been lucky enough to be able to pre-order a PlayStation 5, there are some retailers such as GameStop, Medimax, and Amazon who have announced that online sales will resume on the launch day of the PS5.