With Sony and Nintendo both hailing from Japan, there has been little space in the market for Microsoft’s Xbox system. Historically, Xbox has performed very poorly in the nation, however, a new report has revealed that both the Xbox Series X and S have individually outsold the Xbox One in Japan in just over one year.
As reported and collated by ResetEra user Theorry (based on data from Japanese magazine Famitsu), both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S have individually outsold the Xbox One’s Japanese sales (launch aligned) in just over one year on the market.
While the Xbox One was by far the worst-selling Xbox generation in Japan, it is still impressive to see the Series consoles surpassing the Xbox One so quickly. When combined, the Xbox Series devices have already outsold the entire lifetime sales of the Xbox One in Japan (with just over 150,000 units sold).
The original Xbox is next in line for overtaking, with the system having sold just shy of half a million units in Japan (lifetime). With the current trajectory that the Xbox Series X|S is experiencing, it is safe to assume that the OG Xbox will be overtaken in due time.
What is perhaps less certain is whether the Series X|S will surpass the Xbox 360. With more than 1.6 million units sold, the 360 is by far the best selling Xbox system in Japan – even surpassing some of SEGA’s older efforts.
That being said, Japan is the fastest growing market for Xbox, and so if there ever was a time for Microsoft to surpass their previous records, now would be it. It will be interesting to see just how many units are sold when all is said and done.
KitGuru says: What do you think of the Series X|S’ success? Will Xbox ever be as big as PlayStation or Nintendo in Japan? How many units do you think the Xbox Series X|S will sell in Japan when all is said and done? Let us know down below.
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