Xbox Series X|S has cleared 100k in Japan and is on track to beat Xbox One
Microsoft’s most recent console reached the milestone four times faster than its predecessor
Xbox Series X and S have cleared 100,000 consoles sold in Japan, putting the platform on course to clear the lifetime sales of Xbox One in just one year.
According to the latest Famitsu sales data, Xbox Series S sold 2,920 units and Xbox Series X sold 527 units during the week ended October 10.
This brings the combined lifetime total sales to 102,591 (64,284 for Series X and 38,307 for Series S).
In comparison, it took Microsoft’s previous console 220 weeks (4.5 years) to reach the 100,000 sales milestone by November 2018, according to data collated by Game Data Library.
And with around 115,000 lifetime sales, Xbox Series X|S is on track to outsell Xbox One’s total Japanese sales around one year after its launch.
However, in context Series X|S is still tiny compared to the other platforms on the market and PlayStation 5 is already well ahead at some 1.2m units sold. However, given Xbox’s historically poor market performance in Japan, it’s a more positive start in a country where Xbox has typically struggled.
Microsoft has made renewed efforts in Japan with its most recent console launch. Xbox Series X and S launched day-and-date with other territories last November (compared to a year later with its previous console) and Phil Spencer has said it intends to better cater to Japanese players this console generation.
In the months after it launched Xbox Game Pass for both console and PC in Japan last April, saw more player activity than in any time in its history in Japan, Spencer has previously claimed.
The exec has openly expressed a desire to acquire an Asian game developer, “in particular a Japanese studio”, on multiple occasions.
Last year it was claimed Xbox is continuing discussions with Japanese game developers ‘big and small’ as it continues its search for studio acquisitions in the country.