So the numbers are out following the Xbox One launching in Japan last week and it seems that Microsoft just have skipped launching the Xbox One in Japan, or at least, shouldn’t have made such a fuss about it. Following images of non-existent queues at several big midnight launch venues in Japan the sales numbers have been revealed and they’re about as impressive as the queues at those midnight openings.. Eek.
According to Japanese gaming publication Famitsu the Xbox One, which has been on sale in Japan for four days has sold a fairly meagre 23,562 units, less than half the amount sold by Xbox 360. Xbox 360 managed 62,135 units in half the time back in 2005. This makes the Xbox One’s launch in Japan the lowest for any home console in recent years well below the Wii U’s 308k in two days and the PlayStation’s 322k in two days figures, in fact, this is the lowest in the past few console generations.
As for games, Titanfall did the best with 22,416 copies being sold, mostly as part of a bundle, next in Rare’s Kinect Sports Rivals which shipped 14,919 copies, again mostly as part of bundles available to Japanese consumers. Dead Rising 3 was in third place with around 7330 copies sold. Can the Xbox One pull some sales later this year when Forza Horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive and Halo: The Master Chief Collection launch in Japan in time for Christmas? We’re not sure.
Home consoles have started to struggle a lot in Japan due to the countries shift to mobile gaming, the Xbox has also struggled to other consoles too, but these numbers are just.. dismal. Hopefully the holidays will bring more sales for Microsoft.