Is the Xbox 360 catching the PS3 in Japan?

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In my morning email from Gamasutra there was an article entitled “Xbox 360 Narrows Gap With PS3 During Week” which got me wondering as I was pretty sure the Xbox 360 has been soundly thrashed in the land of the rising sun?

As luck has it I am actually right with the most recent stats showing that the PS3 still enjoys a 2 million unit lead in Japan. However what has got Gamasutra thinking is that the Xbox 360’s weekly sales have slowly increased from 3 000 per week to it’s current state of 8 015 for no real reason.

Granted in the past the 360 has sold well around the time when a new game is being released for the Japanese market but right now there is nothing on the horizon for the PS3 or Xbox 360 and the PS3 only managed to outsell the 360 by 2 000 units… Is this a sign of things to come or simply an after effect of E3?

I would put my money on it being an E3 aftershock, I just cannot see the Xbox 360 doing well in Japan.

The full sales chart is below

DSi: 36,872
PSP: 26,904
Wii: 18,442
PS3: 10,009
Xbox 360: 8,015
DS Lite: 5,408
PS2: 3,498

Source: Gamasutra

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Last Updated: June 23, 2009

Gavin Mannion

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  • Janrik

    what it the sales figure world wide?

    Should be interesting.

    Oddly, games that sell systems in EU and US, do not sell systems in the East and vice versa.

    I’m shocked (pun intended) on how badly Infamous is doing in the states. (last count was 175 000 sold).

  • WitWolfyZA

    Sony’s sales are gonna explode when FF13 is released in Japan MARK MY WORDS!

  • WitWolfyZA

    ouch! I read “Infamous is selling like hot hotcakes”

  • The PS3 is still 8 million behind the Xbox 360 in worldwide sales. That has been the gap pretty much since the PS3 was released I think.

    And yes I saw the bad inFamous sales but I couldn’t post that news… could you imagine the fanboy backlash that would land me in :blink:

  • Janrik

    Dude, you must be FANBOY FLAME proof by now! :heart:

  • Janrik

    I also think the market is pretty saturated.

    Everybody I know has a Wii and a PS3 or a Wii and a 360… or all 3 for a few of my mates.

    So yeah… Nintendo must be smiling.

  • WitWolfyZA

    Times are tough ou

  • WitWolfyZA

    So Infamous is also selling slower than anticipated then? Man this sucks

  • PS3 can be better than the Xbox in Japan…
    But just remember… Xbox is not in the lead worldwide (excluding the Wii) for no reason. 😉

  • Sketch

    Why are people saying Infamous is selling badly? It sold 176000 copies in one week in the states..How is that bad?

  • darthdad

    Infamous worldwide is selling very well!

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