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Famitsu has released the weekly sales figures for last week in Japan and according to sales figures, the hardware sales continue to decline, resulting in some shockingly low figures for the PS3, PS4 and Wii U.
The PlayStation 4 launched on February 22nd in Japan. Sadly, despite a solid launch, it hasn’t fared well in term of its hardware sales. According to Famitsu, the struggling console sold a grand total of 6,887 units compared to 7,060 for PS3 and 6,836 for the Wii U. This is a shockingly low number for PS4. For the record, it took PS3 about 101 weeks to fall to this level of sales.
You can take a look at the full hardware chart below, courtesy of Famitsu.
1. Nintendo 3DS LL – 20,619
2. PS Vita – 12,844
3. PS3 – 7,060
4. PS4 – 6,887
5. Wii U – 6,836
6. Nintendo 3DS – 4,821
7. PSP – 1,320
8. PS Vita TV – 855
9. Xbox 360 – 132
The PS4 continues to create new sales record in the rest of the world but its declining popularity in Japan is unexpected, since Japan was one of the key territory for for the previous PlayStation platforms, including the PSP and Vita.
The lack of hardware sales can be attributed to the lack of software, which is pretty lackluster for the PS4 in term of games focused at Japanese audience. The PS3 went through similar software drought but still managed to hold well, particularly due to the promise of a much more interesting lineup in the future. Hopefully Sony can announce new games aimed at the Japanese market for this year, which can perhaps help the console sell a respectable number.
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