In the past few weeks, the PS4 has been seeing extremely low weekly sell-throughs in Japan due to a shortage caused by Sony preparing to launch the new slim model, but last week (on September 15th) the CUH-2000 console finally hit the local shelves.
The sudden influx of units caused the numbers to bounce back up radically, selling 96,433 units according to statistics firm Media Create, bringing the total local sales for the console to 3,217,591 units since its launch. Incidentally, Sony’s console is getting very close to overtaking the Wii U’s 3,262,598 units sold in Japan during its lifetime.
The launch of the new console wasn’t the only factor contributing to the return of high numbers for the PS4, as September 15th also saw the local release of Persona 5, which inevitably debuted as the best selling game for the week on PS4 with 264,793 units, while the PS3 version followed in second place and sold 72,974 units. The total tally for Atlus’ new JRPG is 337,767 units sold.
Sony and Atlus also launched a bundle with a PS4 slim and the game, but we don’t know how many of the PS4 sales belong to that offer. We might know more when Media Create will provide a more detailed analysis on Friday.
Notable are also the sales of Pro Evolution Soccer 2017, with 66,037 units sold on PS4 and 34,502 on PS3.
OF course, we don’t know how much the upcoming launch of the PS4 Pro on November 10th is influencing sales, with some customers possibly holding back on the purchase of a slim to get the model with the higher horsepower, which doesn’t cost all that much more.