After all the hype surrounding the launch of the PlayStation 5 in Japan – stock problems mean it was once behind even the Nintendo Wii U – the next-generation console is now selling faster than its PS4 predecessor in the region when the launch is even. It is worth remembering that the PS4 did not arrive in February in the country, which means that the two devices are on different schedules, but the PS5 is still virtually impossible to buy worldwide.
According to Famitsu hardware sales data, the PS4 had an installation base of 643,91
Unfortunately, the console simply does not move software at all. The week ending on April 25 released the PS5 Judgment remaster, and SEGA lowered the price of physical copies to just 1,800 yen (~ $ 16) to help push through. However, it managed to sell only 5,539 units according to Famitsu sales data. NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139 has surpassed 108k units on the PS4 and we wonder if PS5 owners have decided to buy it instead.
What exactly is happening with sales of software for the PS5 is still unclear. Obviously, the industry as a whole is focusing more on digital PS Greate, as stated in Sony’s financial data. But dropping out for a PS5 like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales – especially after his predecessor did so well in Japan – was huge. What exactly do local gamers play on their next-generation consoles? Does backward compatibility affect sales of new software? Is the hardware purchased and exported to other Asian countries?
Resident Evil Village should give us some indication, because although it is also available for PS4, this is the next version of PS5 with a tent with a real Japanese consumer interest. However, if it fails – and we do not expect the numbers to be extraordinary in any case – then real questions must be asked about what is happening in the region. Sony sells more games than ever worldwide, of course, but physical software sales are virtually non-existent in the country at the moment.