Sales in Japan for the Xbox Series S last week surpassed those of the PlayStation 5, making it the first time an Xbox console has sold more than a PlayStation in any given week since 2014.
According to Famitsu, during the week of May 9-15, the Xbox Series S console sold 6,120 units. Sales of the PlayStation 5 disc version and the Digital Edition consoles were 2,240 and 493 units respectively, for a combined total of 2,693 units.
This specific incident is probably due to the low supply of PlayStation 5 consoles while the supply of Xbox Series S is more abundant. Last year, Sony reportedly told analysts that shortages for its latest console would continue until 2022.
The last time a similar situation occurred was when the Xbox One was first released in Japan in 2014, with 23,562 units sold in its launch week, compared to 6,373 console units. PlayStation 4s sold during the same period.
The Xbox brand is not as popular overseas in Japan as its local competitors PlayStation and Nintendo. At the very least, Xbox Series X|S sales have already surpassed Xbox One lifetime sales in Japan. Microsoft understands that the Japanese market, as well as the wider Asian area, is important and says that Xbox is seeing phenomenal growth there.
While Xbox still has work to do in Japan, it has a Japanese studio in its proprietary portfolio: Tango Gameworks. The studio recently released Ghostwire: Tokyo, but it’s currently a timed console exclusive to PlayStation 5 and is set to launch next year on Microsoft platforms.