Since the launch of the new home consoles in November 2020, the PS5 has prided itself on having consistently topped the charts. Microsoft’s Xboxes are lagging behind in all markets. But beware, they manage from time to time to outrun Sony consoles, moreover, in their country of origin. This year is the second time that more Xbox Series than PS5 have been sold in the land of the rising sun.
Twice as many Xbox Series S as PS5
Every week, the Japanese site never fails to publish the sales figures for video game consoles in the country. That of June 13 and 19 was special. Indeed, it will have been the one during which the Xbox Series beat the PlayStation 5 in terms of sales volume. The victory is overwhelming. Indeed, during the famous seven days, Japanese gamers bought 3,423 Xbox Series S and 3,272 Xbox Series X. During the same period, only 1,795 PlayStation 5 found takers. This is excellent news for the Xbox console which has just entered the Guinness Book of Records.
The Xbox Series in its digital version (without disc drive) therefore sold twice as well as its competitor from Sony. By combining the two Microsoft consoles, the gap widens even more significantly. The most surprising thing is that this is not a new fact. This year is the second time that Xboxes have managed to pass Sony’s video game console in sales figures. During one week of May, The PS5 was satisfied with 2,963 copies sold against 6,120 units for the Xbox Series.
Should Sony be worried?
These surprising figures must be put into perspective. Indeed, if for two weeks since the beginning of the year, Microsoft has managed to beat Sony, the overall figures are very different. Considering all sales since the launch of next-generation consoles, the PS5 remains far ahead of its American competitors. The sales of the two Xbox Series X and S combined do not even equal those of the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. However, the PS5 Standard Edition remains the best-selling at Sony.
Despite everything, these exceptions, which are becoming more and more regular, should really worry the Japanese giant. This may be a sign of a slowdown in sales in favor of Microsoft’s video game consoles. The situation is all the more alarming as it is taking place in Japan, a country which is usually largely dominated by local firms, in this case Sony.
Nintendo reigns supreme
Faced with the raging battle of home consoles, Nintendo calmly poses as the undisputed leader. During the week of June 13-19, Big N sold 22,860 Nintendo Switch OLEDs, 19,907 Nintendo Switches, and 7,638 Nintendo Switch Lites. This domination has lasted for several months already and the situation is not likely to change for the Super Mario firm.