Xbox Series X|S Has Already Outsold Xbox One In Japan

 Microsoft has traditionally struggled to sell Xbox consoles in Japan, but a new Weekly Famitsu magazine report spotted VGK showed that the company has made some progress recently.

Combined sales figures for all four generations of Xbox consoles sold in Japan are currently around 2.3 million units, with the lion’s share of that number coming from the Xbox 360 generation. The good news is that the Xbox Series X|S consoles have already surpassed sales of the Xbox One generation after being available over a year after its initial global release, an impressive feat thanks to factors such as the ongoing pandemic and semiconductor shortages. Technically, this currently puts the Xbox Series X and S consoles on par with Nintendo Virtual Boy sales in Japan also.

With over 142,000 units sold so far, the Xbox Series X|S still has a long way to go before it surpasses the sales figures of the original Xbox or Xbox 360, the latter of which has been boosted by exclusive titles like The Last. Remnant and Blue Dragon when it was originally available.

According to Famitsu, each generation’s console sales are:

  • Xbox – 474,992 units.
  • Xbox 360 – 1,616,128 units
  • Xbox One – 114,831 pcs.
  • Xbox Series X|S – 142,024 units

And the top selling Xbox games in Japan:

  • Dead or Alive 3 (Xbox) – 271,149 copies sold.
  • Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope (Xbox 360) – 208,521 copies sold.
  • Tales of Vesperia (Xbox 360) – 204,305 units sold.
  • Blue Dragon (Xbox 360) – 203,740 units sold.
  • The Last Remnant (Xbox 360) – 154,493 units sold.

Sony and Nintendo still dominate the Japanese gaming market, with over 20 million units of the Nintendo hybrid console sold in that country alone since its launch five years ago. The PS5, which also faced stock issues, predictably fared much better than the Xbox Series X|S, selling over a million units.

As of December 31, 2021, Sony has sold 17.3 million PS5 consoles worldwide, while Microsoft is estimated to have sold around 12 million Xbox Series X|S consoles so far.

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