On February 22nd, 2014, the PS4 launched in Japan. This means that Sony’s console celebrated its first full year on the shelves or the archipelago of the rising sun on Sunday. Today, thanks to the latest Media Create hardware chart combined with historical data, we know exactly how many units it moved in its first 365 days on the shelves of Sony’s home turf.
Sony’s new console managed to sell 1,143,542 units through to customers, and considering the scarce amount of popular Japanese franchises on the console (at least for now) that’s quite a feat.
The PS4 started rather strong, but even the initial performance was not mindblowing. In fact sales bottomed down almost immediately, and there have even been a few weeks in which even its veteran colleague, the PS3, managed to beat it. Yet in the latest months Sony’s console recovered, especially thanks to the release of a few games more familiar to the Japanese background.
Below you can see the sales across the whole year, week by week, and a graph with the trends in the same period. It has certainly been a bit of a rollercoaster.