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Only 1639 Xbox One X units were sold in Japan during launch week

By midian182 · 7 replies
Nov 20, 2017
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  1. Last week brought news that Microsoft’s Xbox One X had sold over 80,000 units during its first week of release in the UK, matching the Nintendo Switch’s launch figures and exceeding those of the PlayStation 4 Pro, which were just over 50,000. While Microsoft’s consoles tend to sell very well in western countries like the US and UK, it’s usually a different story over in Japan, where local companies such as Nintendo and Sony rule supreme.

    According to Famitsu, Microsoft’s 4K-capable console sold just 1639 units between November 6 and November 12, that places it behind the Nintendo 2DS XL and 3DS, PlayStation 4, and even the PlayStation Vita.

    The best-selling console of that week was still the Nintendo Switch, which, over eight months since it launched, shifted a massive 84,593 units. But what's possibly more amazing is that some people are still buying Wii Us.

    1. Nintendo Switch - 84,593 units

    2. PlayStation 4 - 23,613 units

    3. New Nintendo 2DS XL - 10,935 units

    4. New Nintendo 3DS - 6,576 units

    5. PlayStation 4 Pro - 6,028 units

    6. PlayStation Vita - 3,023 units

    7. Xbox One X - 1,639 units

    8. Nintendo 2DS - 1,176 units

    9. Xbox One S - 49 units

    10. PlayStation 3 - 38 units

    11. Wii U - 32 units

    It was a similar story when the original Xbox One was released in Japan in December 2013. It only sold 23,562 units in its first four days, whereas the PS4 sold 309,000 units, and even the much-maligned Wii U managed to move 308,000 models.

    As noted by Kotaku, there were plenty of stores across Japan announcing they had “sold out” of Xbox One X consoles on launch day, but it turned out that they weren’t selling them in the stores; the signs referred to preorders. A lack of interest meant the outlets only required enough Xbox One X stock to fill these preorders—the non-existent lines made the iPhone 8 launch day queues look impressive.

    Microsoft probably won’t be too concerned about sales in Japan, though. The Xbox One X has been getting mostly positive reviews, and it’s expected to sell between 1 million and 1.5 million units before the end of this year.

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  2. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Maniac Posts: 406   +209

    Well, they have their price point to blame. Good product, but expensive. Ive considered selling off my PC to get one, just cause I have die hard xbox friends too. Maybe next year.
  3. vimann

    vimann TS Member

    Same thing happened with last-gen. Japan loves consoles made in their country (and who can blame them).
    Flebbert and Reehahs like this.
  4. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 709   +445

    If they launched it with new exclusive FF or similarly vaunted IP, they would have made bigger numbers.
  5. 100% nailed that one on the head....... They love their Nintendo's...... I do to
  6. TempleOrion

    TempleOrion TS Enthusiast Posts: 29   +20

    Well, made in China mostly I'd aver...
  7. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Maniac Posts: 299   +175

    This isn't surprising because Japan always tends to support it's own in country designed consoles more than anything anyway. Look at the list. The only thing designed by an American country is the Xbox.
  8. NightAntilli

    NightAntilli TS Maniac Posts: 253   +187

    I doubt it. Lost Odyssey barely moved any X360 consoles in Japan, for example.

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