Xbox 360 outsells PlayStation 3 in Japan

By just 239 units in the week October 29 to November 4

Microsoft's Xbox 360 has outsold Sony's PlayStation 3 in Japan for the first time, according to a closely watched weekly sales ranking.

In the week of October 29 to November 4 the Xbox 360 sold 17,673 units against the PlayStation 3's 17,434, said Media Create. The company receives actual sales data from around 3,000 stores across Japan and uses that to estimate nationwide sales.

The Xbox 360 was helped during the week by the release of "Ace Combat 6," an awaited strategy game that sold just under 77,000 copies at launch and was ranked the number two title of the week in Japan.

Beating Sony in its home market is quite a feat for Microsoft. The Xbox 360 has trailed the PlayStation 3 every week since the latter's launch in November last year and its predecessor, the original Xbox console, never did well in Japan. Despite initial failure Microsoft has persevered in Japan and come up with a line-up of titles by Japanese developers that are designed to make the Xbox 360 more attractive to local games.

Sony lost out in part due to the relative unpopularity of the PlayStation 3. Despite beating the Xbox 360 it hasn't been able to win against Nintendo's Wii and is still being outsold by the PlayStation 2. Largely this is due to the high price of the console compared with competing machines.

Sony recently said that it would strive to make the PlayStation 3 cheaper while also launching a redesigned PlayStation 2.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?