Xbox again overtook PlayStation sales in Japan last week, a feat it also achieved last month.
According to sales data published by Famitsuthe Xbox Series X sold 3,272 units while the Xbox Series S sold 3,423 units.
That was more than double that of the PlayStation 5, which sold 2,371 standard consoles and 664 digital-only consoles.
Rather than suggesting that the Xbox console is dominant in the region, the numbers simply show the ongoing effect of stockouts on sales fluctuations.
For comparison, last week the PS5 sold 12,440 units while the Xbox Series consoles combined sold 6,242 units.
This week’s Xbox achievement doesn’t do much for the overall sales picture in Japan. To date, 1.69 million PlayStation 5 consoles have been sold, while 232,000 Xbox Series consoles have been sold.
However, this indicates the seriousness of Sony’s frequent PS5 stock-outs in the country.
This week marked the second time this generation that Xbox has surpassed PlayStation in Japan. In one week last month, the Series S sold 6,120 units while the PS5 and PS5 digital editions sold 2,693 units combined.
Before that, the last time Xbox had surpassed PlayStation sales in Japan was in 2014, when the Xbox One launched.
While, as noted, stock limitations play a big role in these sales numbers, this news is still notable given Xbox’s traditionally poor sales in Japan.
As of February this year, only 2.3 million Xbox consoles have been sold in Japan since the original was released 20 years ago. Most of them were Xbox 360 sales, including 1.6 million.
Despite all of the above, the Nintendo Switch continues to be the dominant system in Japan by a wide margin.
This week, the Switch, Switch Lite, and Switch OLED combined sold over 50,000 units, more than 5 times what Xbox and PlayStation sold together.
On top of that, all 20 games in the top 20 Japanese software sales for the region were Switch titles.
In total, more than 25 million Switch systems have been sold in Japan since the console’s launch.