PS4 vs Xbox One vs Wii U Japan Lifetime Sales – December 2016 Update

PS4 vs Xbox One vs Wii U Japan Lifetime Sales – December 2016 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 15 February 2017 / 41,744 Views

Welcome to the latest edition of the ‘PS4 vs Xbox One vs Wii U Japan’ article. This series compares the monthly and lifetime sales of the 8th generation of home consoles - the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U.


Looking at the total sales of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U in Japan for December 2016 shows how the PlayStation 4 has caught up with the Wii U over the last couple of years and has been ahead for four straight months. With the Nintendo Switch coming out on March 3 and the poor Xbox One sales the PlayStation 4 has secured the top spot in Japan for the three 8th generation consoles.

The PlayStation 4 has sold 4.07 million units lifetime, the Wii U 3.31 million units, and the Xbox One 75,742 units.

Taking a look at the marketshare, the PlayStation 4 has a 55 percent market share, the Wii U sits at 44 percent, and the Xbox One just one percent.

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 4,069,578

Wii U Total Sales: 3,309,228

Xbox One Total Sales: 75,742


In December 2016 the PlayStation 4 outsold the Wii U by 458,178 units and the Xbox One by 479,633 units. The Wii U outsold the Xbox One by 21,455.

When you compare monthly sales to a year ago the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are up, while the Wii U is down. The PlayStation 4 is up 231,345 units, the Wii U is down 290,478 units, and the Xbox One is down 1,594.

Looking at market share for the month, the PlayStation 4 managed to achieve 94 percent. The Wii U accounted for five percent of the consoles sold, and the Xbox One accounted for just one percent.

PlayStation 4 Monthly Sales: 483,518

Wii U Monthly Sales: 25,340

Xbox One Monthly Sales: 3,885

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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