The PS4 was released in Japan exactly three years ago, on February 22nd, 2014, with a significant delay compared to the November 2013 launch in North America and Europe.
Today Media Create released its sales numbers for last week, with 21,204 standard PS4 and 5,999 PS4 Pro finding a loving Japanese home. Adding them to historical data from the same source, we can easily find out how many units were sold to local customers in the console’s first three years on the shelves.
The result is 4,401,442 PS4 units, including the original PS4, the new slimmed-down CUH-2000 model, and the recently-released PS4 Pro. Of those, 185,881 were PS4 Pro units, with the cheaper slim console still taking the lion’s share of sales.
The PS4 initially struggled in Japan due to a weak launch lineup lacking strong local title. Yet Sony’s console gradually recovered even thanks to two price drops. It finally overtook the Wii U’s sales back in September, despite having been launched over a year later.
It’ll be certainly interesting to see how the Japanese landscape will change with the Nintendo Switch’s launch on March 3rd, but for now PS3 is firmly at the top of the local home console market.