The PlayStation 5 sold out in Japan, although it will not set any records. In fact, predictably, this is the second worst PlayStation hardware release in the region (including handheld devices) after the PlayStation 2, defeated by the PlayStation 3 alone. The console sold 118,000 units in four days, according to Famitsu, significantly reducing -the impressive 322,000 units of the PlayStation 4. For posterity in the first week, the PS3 collected 88,000 units.
It is important to note that the PS5 is completely sold out in Sony’s home country, so it could not have done better without a greater distribution of stocks. Recently, there are reports that the owner of the platform has diverted Japan in its plans, after the general decline in sales of home consoles in the country. Whether this is true or not, it appears to have retained most of its supplies to the United States and Europe.
Of course, Japanese gamers have been forced to wait more than three months for the release of the PS4, so it can be argued that this time the situation is better. Perhaps more worryingly, Marvel̵
Retailers in Japan expect the PS5 to be out of stock by the end of the year, so it will be a slow start for the country’s next-generation console. It will be interesting to see if it manages to pick up the pace in 2021 and beyond, but looking at how the PS4 is doing over the last few years, we can’t take our breath away. It seems that the days of home consoles, which are hits in Japan, are long behind us and we can not see them return in the near future.