Nintendo’s handheld console of wonders, the Switch, has just surpassed the total sales in Japan of the PS4, despite the fact that Sony’s own console has been available for three years before the Switch. According to the Japanese publication Famitsu, the PS4 has an install base of 8,077,756 units in Japan, while the Switch has currently sold 8,125,637 units.
For Nintendo, this is a brilliant comeback story after the well-documented misstep that was the Wii U. As for Sony, this doesn’t really mean anything. The PS4 is still on track to surpass 100 million units sold across the globe, and Sony have been able to market the console incredibly well around the world in order to leverage Japan’s fading interest in stationary consoles.
At the very least, these sales are huge compared to the Xbox One’s sales in Japan, which have been nothing short of an unmitigated failure. Since 2014, Microsoft have only managed to sell 100k+ units, which is shockingly low. What do you think about these sales figures in Japan? Sound off in the comments.