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Switch Tops 31M Lifetime, PS5 and XS Sales Drop - Japan Hardware Estimates for October 2023

Switch Tops 31M Lifetime, PS5 and XS Sales Drop - Japan Hardware Estimates for October 2023 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 November 2023 / 8,054 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in Japan with 283,171 units sold for October 2023, according to VGChartz estimates. The Nintendo Switch has now sold an estimated 31.10 million units lifetime in Japan.

The PlayStation 5 sold an estimated 66,264 units to bring its lifetime sales to 4.52 million units. The Xbox Series X|S sold 8,156 units to bring their lifetime sales to 0.52 million units. The PlayStation 4 sold an estimated 5,524 units to bring its lifetime sales to 9.65 million units.

PS5 sales compared to the same month for the PS4 in 2016 are down by nearly 83,000 units, while the Xbox Series X|S compared to the same month for the Xbox One are up by over 6,000 units. PS4 sold 148,993 units for the month of October 2016 and Xbox One sales were at 1,705 units.

Nintendo Switch sales compared to the same month a year ago are up by 84,436 units (42.5%). PlayStation 5 sales are down by 27,138 (-29.1%) and Xbox Series X|S sales are down by 4,074 units (-33.3%). The PlayStation 4 is up 5,473 units (10,731.4%) year-over-year.

Looking at sales month-on-month, Nintendo Switch sales are down by nearly 81,000 units, the PlayStation 5 sales are down by nearly 161,000 units, and Xbox Series X|S sales are down by over 18,000 units. It should be noted there are four weeks in October, while there were five weeks in September.

2023 year-to-date, the Nintendo Switch has sold an estimated 3.22 million units, the PlayStation 5 has sold 2.10 million units, and the Xbox Series X|S has sold 0.12 million units.

VGChartz Japan Hardware Estimates - PS5, PlayStation 5, Xbox, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch

Monthly Sales:

Japan hardware estimates for October 2023 (Followed by lifetime sales):

  1. Switch - 283,171 (31,103,723)
  2. PlayStation 5 - 66,264 (4,522,592)
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 8,156 (523,692)
  4. PlayStation 4 - 5,524 (9,654,139)

Weekly Sales:

Japan October 7, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. Switch - 110,258
  2. PlayStation 5 - 33,763
  3. PlayStation 4 - 1,025
  4. Xbox Series X|S - 999

Japan October 14, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. Switch - 44,478
  2. PlayStation 5 - 19,715
  3. PlayStation 4 - 2,059
  4. Xbox Series X|S - 1,091

Japan October 21, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. Switch - 62,261
  2. PlayStation 5 - 9,849
  3. Xbox Series X|S - 2,757
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,431

Japan October 28, 2023 hardware estimates:

  1. Switch - 66,174
  2. Xbox Series X|S - 3,309
  3. PlayStation 5 - 2,937
  4. PlayStation 4 - 1,009

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 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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15 Comments
aTokenYeti (on 08 November 2023)

There is approximately one Nintendo switch in japan for every 4 people in the country. That’s a pretty astronomical attach rate. I wonder what the highest attach rate for any console in any country is? Maybe some weird outlier where there was 1 PS2 for every 2 people in a smaller European country or something.

Very impressive either way

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2zosteven aTokenYeti (on 08 November 2023)

that is crazy!!!!!!!!! and its true! good job here

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SanAndreasX aTokenYeti (on 08 November 2023)

At one time something like one in every three households in the United States owned a NES.

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eddy7eddy SanAndreasX (on 08 November 2023)

Hmm... population in the United States was 280Mi on 1985 (NES release date on that region), NES total sales were ~62Mi.
Without taking into consideration the increase in population in the following years and imagining that sales were only in the United States, that would be one console for each 4.5 persons...

I have bad Math or you have Meth... I'm just kidding here hehe.

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SanAndreasX (on 08 November 2023)

PS5 shortages in Japan towards the end of October?

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dane007 SanAndreasX (on 08 November 2023)

There's nothing new to play apart from Spiderman in terms of first party. That might be why

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DekutheEvilClown dane007 (on 08 November 2023)

Yeah sales dropped from 30k+ a week, every week of the year so far, to 2.9k because there’s “nothing new to play apart from [one of the biggest games of the year]” God, this website.

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2zosteven Moribond (on 08 November 2023)

does spiderman sale well in japan?

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trunkswd 2zosteven (on 08 November 2023)

Spider-Man is hue in the west, but isn't that popular in Japan. Plus it is most likely PS5 stock running out rather than demand disappearing over the course of just a few weeks. As stores run out of stock of the OG PS5 as the PS5 Slim launches on November 10th in Japan.

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SanAndreasX trunkswd (on 08 November 2023)

Thank you for clarifying that. I couldn't think of any other reason why PS5 sales would implode to the point of being outsold by the Series X|S.

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Trentonater trunkswd (on 09 November 2023)

by the starndards of western triple a games spider-man was very popular in japan.

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dane007 DekutheEvilClown (on 08 November 2023)

It was just a theory . It's well known that exclusives sell consoles 😊

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kazuyamishima SanAndreasX (on 08 November 2023)

No stock of the PS5 fat for the last couples of weeks in the anticipation of the Slim model.

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