After all the hullabaloo surrounding the PlayStation 5 launch in Japan – stock issues mean it’s trending behind even the Nintendo Wii U at some point – the next generation console is now selling faster than its predecessor PS4 did in the region when the launch was adjusted. It is worth remembering that the PS4 did not arrive until February domestically, 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 64391
Unfortunately, the console does not move software at all. The week ending April 25 was the release of Judgment’s remaster on PS5, and SEGA dropped the price of physical copies to just ¥ 1,800 (~ $ 16) to help push it. However, it managed to sell only 5,539 units according to Famitsu sales data. NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139 surpassed 108k units on PS4, and we’re curious as to whether PS5 owners decided to buy it instead.
Exactly what happens to PS5 software sales is still unclear. Obviously, the industry is shifting more towards digital PS Largeas referenced by Sony’s economy. But the fall for PS5 releases like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales – especially after its predecessor did so well in Japan – has been huge. What do local players play on next-generation consoles? Does backward compatibility affect sales of new software? Is the hardware being bought up and exported to other Asian nations?
Resident Evil Village should give us some clues, as it’s also available on PS4, but it’s the next PS5 release with genuine Japanese consumer interest. If it flops – and we do not expect the numbers to be extraordinary in any way – then real questions must be asked about what is happening in the region. Sony is selling more games than ever globally, of course, but physical software sales are virtually non-existent domestically right now.