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PS5, PS4 finally changes some software again in Japan

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While the PS5 has attracted a slightly larger install base in Japan, there are concerns about its software sales. We know that the industry at large is slowly moving towards digital, but of Famitsu The charts have painted a particularly bleak picture for PlayStation software of late, with the Nintendo Switch effectively steamrolling Sony’s system week after week. This has led some observers to question whether the new-gen system is even staying in the country, or just being exported to Asia.

But this week is slightly better for both PS5 and PS4 physical software sales. God of War Ragnarok, for example, entered the chart at number three – and sold best on the PS5, despite the new-gen system’s smaller install base than the PS4. It only moved 29,377 units and 11,260 units respectively, but not a bad return under the circumstances. Sonic Frontiers also sold better on the PS5 than on the PS4, although it certainly did better on the Nintendo Switch.

Elsewhere, both the PS5 and PS4 versions of Tactics Ogre Reborn charted – again, they were overtaken by the Nintendo Switch version, but managed to make the top ten. This means that more than half of this week’s physical Famitsu sales chart is made up of PlayStation games – a rare occurrence of late, it must be said. As for the hardware, the PS5 did quite well, going close to another 30k units. Everything will be washed away pokemon In next week’s report, but it’s nice to see the PlayStation a little more stable in its home country for once.

Japan Software Sale (November 7 to November 13, 2022)

  1. [NSW] Splatoon 3 (Nintendo, 09/09/22) – 43,781 (3,331,197)
  2. [NSW] Tactics Ogre: Reborn (Scare Enix, 11/11/22) – 36,783 (New)
  3. [PS5] God of War Ragnarok (SIE, 11/09/22) – 29,377 (New)
  4. [NSW] Sonic Frontiers (SEGA, 11/08/22) – 26,067 (New)
  5. [PS4] Tactics Ogre: Reborn (Scare Enix, 11/11/22) – 12,668 (New)
  6. [PS4] God of War Ragnarok (SIE, 11/09/22) – 11,260 (New)
  7. [PS5] Sonic Frontiers (SEGA, 11/08/22) – 11,111 (New)
  8. [PS4] Sonic Frontiers (SEGA, 11/08/22) – 9,098 (New)
  9. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 8,025 (4,899,259)
  10. [PS5] Tactics Ogre: Reborn (Scare Enix, 11/11/22) – 7,805 (New)

Japan Hardware Sale (November 7 to November 13, 2022)

  1. Replace OLED models – 58,171 (2,981,234)
  2. PlayStation 5 – 25,665 (1,821,703)
  3. Switch Light – 25,050 (4,930,097)
  4. Switch – 14,321 (18,838,867)
  5. PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 3,051 (286,936)
  6. Xbox Series S – 487 (212,265)
  7. Xbox Series X – 261 (167,267)
  8. PlayStation 4 – 138 (7,820,338)
  9. New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 32 (1,189,151)

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