PlayStation 5 easily outsells Xbox Series X in Japan

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PlayStation 5 easily outsells Xbox Series X in Japan

Sony has retained its dominance in the Japanese console market, with sales of its newly released PlayStation 5 handily beating the Xbox Series X.

According to a report from Famitsu, the PS5 moved a total of 118,000 units in its first four days of sales; a majority of those were the standard console that features a disc drive. Meanwhile, the Xbox Series X and S only sold roughly 21,000 units in its first six days.

However, the PS5’s sales figures pale in comparison to that of the PlayStation 4, which sold 322,000 units at launch in Japan back in 2014.

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The Xbox Series X|S also debuted with lower sales than their predecessor, the Xbox One, which moved 24,000 units in its launch.

The muted sales at launch for both systems in Japan are likely because of their limited supply, in part due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Xbox CFO Tim Stuart previously said that he expects the supply shortage for its systems to continue until at least the second quarter of 2021. There is currently no word from Sony on when it expects stock of the PS5 to meet demand.

Famitsu’s report also revealed that Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is currently the best-selling PS5 game in Japan, with 18,640 copies sold. It narrowly beat the Demon’s Souls remake, which sold 18,607 copies.

The Xbox Series X and S had a considerably better launch in the UK. The consoles sold a combined 155,000 units in its first two days of sales, besting the Xbox One, which sold 150,000 when it was released in 2013.

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Numbers for PS5 sales in the UK have yet to be released, as the console only launched yesterday (November 19). The system was first launched in select territories, such as North America and Oceania, on November 12.

Published at Fri, 20 Nov 2020 08:59:49 +0000

Sony might be working on PlayStation’s answer to Xbox Game Pass

Sony could be working on its answer to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass video game subscription service.

This is according to Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan, who was asked in an interview with Russian news agency TASS about how the company would respond to the Xbox Game Pass.

Ryan replied cryptically, saying that “there is actually news to come, but just not today”, before pointing towards the company’s cloud streaming service, PlayStation Now.

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The CEO’s response comes in stark contrast to a statement he made in September, prior to the launch of the PlayStation 5. Back then, the PlayStation head ruled out an Xbox Game Pass-esque service, saying that it “doesn’t make any sense” for the company’s PS5 plans.

“We have had this conversation before – we are not going to go down the road of putting new releases into a subscription model,” he had told gamesindustry.biz. “We want to make the games bigger and better, and hopefully at some stage more persistent. So putting those into a subscription model on day one, for us, just doesn’t make any sense.”

Microsoft, on the other hand, has doubled down on its Game Pass strategy in recent months, with the service being touted as a key selling point for the tech giant’s new next-gen consoles, the Xbox Series X and S.

Xbox chief Phil Spencer has also described the service as “completely sustainable”, and even said that service will stay at its current cost for the foreseeable future.

“I say there’s no plan for us to [increase the cost of Xbox Game Pass]. We like the value that Game Pass is today and from a business model it’s completely sustainable the way it is and I mean that,” he said during an appearance on the Dropped Frames podcast.

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Spencer also previously stated that he is “open” to make Xbox Game Pass available to users on PlayStation and Nintendo consoles, adding that the company’s main priority is “reaching more players”.

Published at Fri, 20 Nov 2020 07:09:22 +0000

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