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PS5 rises in Japan after Sony’s stock issues are resolved



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The PS5’s performance in Japan has been meme-worthy for a while, but fresh from claims that it has fixed the system’s stock issues, the console is on the fire Just to belatedly clarify: it’s still a million miles away from the significantly more successful Nintendo Switch – that’s not even up for discussion. But it is doing a helluva Very good, which is worth pointing out.

For the period from December 12 to December 18, the PlayStation maker sold more than 70,000 new-gen consoles to consumers, which is a very respectable number. To put that in perspective, Nintendo shifted over 170,000 Switch systems, so Sony still has a long Back-and-forth – but it’s not the full-on butt-stomping we’ve become accustomed to.

There are signs that software sales are also improving. For example, the big new release of the week, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion, sold best on PS5, with 54,522 units. In fact, all three versions of the game did well: the PS4 edition sold 53,481 units and the Switch port managed 48,527 units – a pretty good result for Square Enix, we reckon.

Sony recently promised that it had resolved the PS5’s stock issues, and said it would increase supplies to its native Japan. It’s certainly reflecting in the numbers, and it’s good to see the platform holder enjoying a bit more success on their home turf of late. Let’s hope it can maintain these numbers going forward.


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