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PS4 vs Xbox One vs Wii U Japan Lifetime Sales – December 2015 Update

PS4 vs Xbox One vs Wii U Japan Lifetime Sales – December 2015 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 23 January 2016 / 46,297 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 in Japan for December shows how the gap has slowly shrunk between the PlayStation 4 and Wii U. The PlayStation 4 has outsold the Wii U most months since it launched. However, the gap grew in December. The Xbox One is almost non-existent in the land of the rising sun.

The Wii U crossed the three million mark. The Wii U has sold 3.02 million units lifetime, the PlayStation 2.26 million units, and the Xbox One 64,543 units.

Taking a look at the marketshare, the Wii U tops the other two platforms combined. The Wii U has a 57 percent market share, the PlayStation 4 sits at 42 percent, and the Xbox One just one percent.

Wii U Total Sales: 3,020,227

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 2,261,079

Xbox One Total Sales: 64,543


The Wii U outsold the PlayStation 4 in December for the first time since June 2015. The PlayStation 4 and Wii U has outsold the Xbox One every month since it launched in September 2014. The Wii U outsold the PlayStation 4 by 63,645 units and the Xbox One by 313,517 units. The PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One by 249,872.

When you compare monthly sales to a year ago the PlayStation 4 and Wii U are up and the Xbox One is down. The PlayStation 4 is up 74,850 units, the Wii U is up 140,460 units, and the Xbox One is down 2,441.

Looking at market share for the month of December, the Wii U managed to achieve 55 percent. The PlayStation 4 accounted for 44 percent of the consoles sold, and the Xbox One just one percent.

Wii U Monthly Sales: 315,818

PlayStation 4 Monthly Sales: 252,173

Xbox One Monthly Sales: 2,301


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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Ka-pi96 (on 23 January 2016)

Poor Xbox One. Putting it on that chart is just like abuse :(

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Swordmasterman Ka-pi96 (on 23 January 2016)

Yes, i saw on a official post, that Xbox One, just sold 95 units last week on japan.

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CosmicSex (on 23 January 2016)

At that rate it would take the Xbox One thousands of years to match the PS4 or WiiU

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binary solo (on 23 January 2016)

It's going to be a long slow road for PS4 to catch Wii U I think. I doubt it will overtake Wii U before NX comes out.

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Skratchy binary solo (on 23 January 2016)

Eh, with all the JRPGs coming out this year, and Japan slowly giving up support of the PS3, I think it'll catch up to the WiiU eventually.

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Qwark binary solo (on 24 January 2016)

Depends greatly on the release of Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy XV I guess. The gap is closing the release of those games will surely have a nice effect on PS4 sales. But I don´t think Sony cares all that much about Japan anymore. They are a company and they want to make a profit by selling as much PS4´s as possible so they focus more and more on Europe as home market. Good thing for us they also localize there JRPG´s over here, since we do like them.

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kooltrex (on 23 January 2016)

Dem Xbox One sales.

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NSS7 (on 23 January 2016)

Im so happy that PS4/Wii U did much better than Dec 2014. There is hope for console in Japan. PS4 will definately did better this year.

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Swordmasterman NSS7 (on 23 January 2016)

i think that Japan, have other sales event in January, and February, like a 2th Holidays, Japan, still after USA, is the place that most spend on console Market, i think that Germany, is the closest market to japan and it spend 4 Billions of US$, per year with Mobile, Console, and PC Gaming, Japan's console market still worthing 3.6 Billions of US$ OR +.

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Skratchy (on 23 January 2016)

Xbox down 2,400 from last December. Only sold 2,300 THIS December. That's a decline of over 100%. Damn, the numbers get more and more brutal.

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haxxiy Skratchy (on 23 January 2016)

51.8% decline actually. 100% decline would mean zero sales. Maybe the next year :P

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Teeqoz Teeqoz (on 23 January 2016)

Wait nevermind, that's only for the gap charts thing :-P

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