PS4 sold 320,000 units in Japan in two days

Total weekend sales breezed past the PlayStation 3, which sold only 88,000 units during the two-day period in 2006.

The PlayStation 4 sold 322,083 systems during its opening weekend in Japan, easily surpassing its predecessor the PlayStation 3, which moved only 88,443 units during the same window in 2006. The PS4's worldwide sales tally before the Japanese launch was 5.3 million units.

The numbers come from Japanese gaming publication Famitsu (translated by Siliconera), which notes that the PS4's launch in Japan closely resembled the Wii U, which sold 308,570 units during its launch weekend in Japan in 2012. Importantly, today's data does not come directly from Sony, so we'll have to wait for official confirmation.

The PS4 could not match the record-breaking PlayStation 2, however. That system sold an astonishing 630,552 units--nearly double the PS4-- during its first two days on sale in Japan in 2000. The PS2 has since been discontinued, though that doesn't mean publishers have stopped supporting the system. In fact, EA Sports shipped a version of FIFA 14 for the PS2 just last year.

To celebrate the release of the PS4 in Japan, Sony held a midnight launch event featuring speakers like SCE CEO Andrew House and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima. Meanwhile, the Xbox One is not yet available in Japan, so there's no data to compare, at least for now.

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theKSMM
theKSMM

There's no way that Microsoft matches Sony's numbers in Japan, especially not if their console is more expensive there.  Truthfully, the Japanese market is so small for MS that I almost feel like Microsoft should abandon it, but I suppose they want some Japanese development effort directed at the XBOX platform, so they can't pull out and snub them.

Robboninja
Robboninja

I wonder how many were actually available and if Sony see's this as meeting their expectations or not. Seems pretty solid at face value.

pddrumheller
pddrumheller

I think it's funny how Xbox fans or uneducated souls talk trash about "Sony fanboys"  Even with all the facts they just can't admit that PC's are a better value.  Yes I am a sony fan but I'm a bigger fan of PC's.  I haven't bought the PS4 yet but will this year when more games come out.  Going to pick up a WiiU soon though.

pddrumheller
pddrumheller

@shinjuki @pddrumheller  Did I say everyone....don't think so.  A persons values...didn't say that either.  PC's are a better value than Microsoft's consoles.  Values have nothing to do with it.  I don't assume anything.  I've seen your posts.  Your the fanboy.  Your not that intelligent.  Look all over the internet and ask enough people.  They will tell you what I'm saying.

Robboninja
Robboninja

@shinjuki @pddrumheller Stop being butthurt @shinjuki. You didn't build the Xbox, it's not your problem if it's no the best choice for this generation. No point getting upset about it. Also PC is better value just for the holiday steam sales hahaha

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I think I'm probably stunned by the info about the PS2 more than anything else. I can't believe there was that much demand on day one for Sony's second machine, or that games were still being published only last year.

theKSMM
theKSMM

@PlatinumPaladin Nothing compares to the install base of the PS2...nothing.  And when you consider that Microsoft was just launching the XBOX and Nintendo was stumbling with the GameCube, Sony basically had no competition for five or six years.  What publisher could ignore a system with hundreds of millions of consoles sold?

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

Oh boy! The rest of us will be speaking English over here on Xbox One!

mjf249
mjf249

Pretty impressive launch, 322k in two days is very solid.

divinejester
divinejester

What were the X1 sales for Japan just out of curiosity?

hadlee73
hadlee73

I wouldn't expect the PS4 to take off full-tilt immediately in Japan until it gets a few Japanese RPGs, which are all still coming out for PS3 rather than PS4.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@hadlee73  I suppose the lack of typically "Japanese" favoured games makes this 322,000 figure all the more impressive.

nurnberg
nurnberg

I am sure the PS4 will be a success in Japan.  The X1 will probably have near-nonexistent sales.

berserker66666
berserker66666

That's just awsm......but EA making FIFA games for PS2........not awsm. Also EA making games? No awsm at all.

sambucca
sambucca

Yes, my PS4 does collect dust, I have to admit that, the only consoles out there that don't collect dust are the Wii U and Xbox One. But then it's hard for a console to collect dust when it's still in its box. On a shelf. In a shop. Unsold.

My PS4 collects dust in the same way my TV, PC, surround system, storage shelves etc. collect dust. Not because they aren't used. They are all used on a daily basis, but they don't move anywhere, hence they collect dust. Duh...

daviz88
daviz88

buy march 21=10 MILLION

PS 4 LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I thought it would be higher. Then again Japan is pretty small compared to North America. I wonder if you did like a sales compared to total population ratio Japan would be higher?

kidflash2000
kidflash2000

@Dannystaples14  Also there is a bit of an economic bubble going on in Japan, and they have had a focus lately on handheld gaming in Japan, but even still to be half as good as the PS2 is pretty impressive.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@Dannystaples14   Well, the US has a population of approx. 313 million.  Japan has a population of approx. 127 million.  Just over a third the population of the US - and about a third the number of sales of PS4.  Seems to tally.

K_A_R_X
K_A_R_X

Good news. But I'm still playing PS3. The power of the system and the huge library of the great games forces me to play. Well, until Uncharted 4 and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain...for now, no plans to buy PS4.

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

@K_A_R_X hour long updates every time you turn it on got old real quick for me, so much happier now with Xbox One! better everything with ongoing feedback and updates

pharoe777
pharoe777

300k + more people with nothing to play.

pharoe777
pharoe777

@kingnothing47 for your information, I own every console.. old and new, I'm a gamer, you're the crying fanboy.

StammBladecastr
StammBladecastr

@pharoe777 Actually, The new Yakuza game is a release tile for them -- it's set in feudal Japan.  It looks awesome.

xPH4ZEDx
xPH4ZEDx

@Dannystaples14 @pharoe777  If everyone were to go by this logic, neither console would sell any systems. With terrible system sales developers would not develop and there would be no games. If you wait to purchase down the road that's understandable, but the future games you plan on playing depend upon those that own either one now. Their both going to get games its only a matter of time.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@xPH4ZEDx @pharoe777  Neither console would sell any systems? Yeah right. The launch titles are shit anyway. The developers who made them probably failed to make a profit simply on the back of not that many people owning either console.

All that would happen is people would hold off until a great game came out and then buy the console and game together. At which point Microsoft and Sony start selling consoles and the developers still get great sales.

They were already making Destiny and Titanfall and all of the other games long before the consoles were even announced. I think based on the sales of last gen alone they would have gone through till the very end with it, even if no one did buy at launch. I mean what would they have done? Scrap the game they just spent millions on.

Developers know they are the real reason consoles sell in the first place. When they sell them though doesn't really matter does it?

mos2000
mos2000

@sambucca @pharoe777 I wouldn't be so quick to state that as fact...

Even though there is SLIGHT graphical and frame rate improvements between the two, the PS4 online experience still is not as sharp as Xbones.  Plus, if you've been playing Xbox games primarily last gen and made the switch, the control lag with Sony games is still prevalent. This more than anything is turning some folks off.

At the end of the day, both systems have pros and cons.  It is not "defined" who has the best multiplatform experience based on slight graphical improvements alone.  

Right now more folks are gambling on the PS4 ultimately having more pros than cons, but it's too early to tell which system actually provides the best online experience 

Rushaoz
Rushaoz

@mos2000 @sambucca @pharoe777  The fuck are you talking about? the online for both systems is on par now. If anything the PS4 has a leg up on the XBone because the XBone is missing features like cross chat that were there on the 360. And slight differences? HA lol go back into your corner, Xboner.

sambucca
sambucca

@pharoe777How about all the best versions of the multi-platform games for a much better price?

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@pharoe777  There is nothing to play overall on either console right now. It is why you don't buy in the first year.