Healthy Demand for PS4 in Japan Reported by Media Create; 65,000 PS4 Pro Sold in First Week Confirmed

On Wednesday, Media Create reported its weekly hardware chart for the debut week of the PS4 Pro in Japan, mentioning 92,344 units sold between PS4 Pro and PS4 combined. Unlike Famitsu, it did not report PS4 Pro sales by itself.

Now the statistics firm released its full weekly analysis, confirming Famitsu’s estimate for the PS4 Pro with about 65,000 units sold (Famitsu reported 65,194). It’s actually quite rare for both Media Create and Famitsu to estimate this close to one another, as they use different retail sources to compile their data.

On top of that, Media Create mentions in its analysis that since the slim models has been launched with a price cut, this kind of sales figure is second only to the third week of September, that saw said price cut go into effect, concluding that the console has managed to acquire a healthy demand in Japan between the basic model and the upgraded one.

To add a bit of personal analysis, It’ll certainly be interesting to see how the PS4 will fare going into the Japanese holiday season basically without any home console competition, since Nintendo is winding down support for the Wii U, and with the release of hotly anticipated titles like Final Fantasy XV and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, respectively on November 29th and December 8th.

Incidentally, the Japanese Holiday shopping season is quite long, going all the way through December and until the first week of January, which has the potential to carry on the momentum of the console almost all the way to the release of Sega’s Valkyria: Azure Revolution on January 19th, and Koei Tecmo’s NiOh, on February 9th.

Considering the upcoming line-up of strong Japanese titles matching the highest sales period of the year, and combined with the lack of Nintendo competition, Sony seems to be poised to solidify its position on the local market ahead of the release of the Switch. Of course, time will tell how things will really go.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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