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PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison in Japan - November 2023

PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison in Japan - November 2023 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 January 2024 / 4,756 Views

The VGChartz sales comparison series of articles are updated monthly and each one focuses on a different sales comparison using our estimated video game hardware figures. The charts include comparisons between the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch, as well as with older platforms. There are articles based on our worldwide estimates, as well as the US, Europe, and Japan.

This monthly series compares the aligned Japanese sales of the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation 5 launched in November 2020 in Japan, while the PlayStation 4 launched in February 2014. This does mean the holiday periods for the two consoles do not lineup.

PS5 Vs. PS4 Japan:

Gap change in latest month: 95,363 - PS5

Gap change over last 12 months: 464,709 - PS5

Total Lead: 161,505 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 4,753,947

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 4,592,442

November 2023 is the 37th month the PlayStation 5 has been available for. In the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 5 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 4 by 95,363 units.

In the last 12 months, the PS5 has outsold the PS4 by 464,709 units. The PS5 is currently ahead by 161,505 units.

The 37th month for the PS5 in Japan is November 2023, while for the PS4 it is February 2017. The PS5 has sold 4.75 million units, while the PS4 sold 4.59 million units during the same timeframe. The PS4 sold current PS5 sales in month 38.

The PS4 crossed 5 million in month 41, 6 million in month 47, and 7 million in month 53. The PS4 has sold 9.66 million units to date. The PS5 is currently 4.91 million units behind the lifetime sales of the PS4 in Japan.


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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4 Comments
2zosteven (on 10 December 2023)

i have underestimated the PS5 from the beginning, no more!

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hellobion2 (on 10 December 2023)

PS5 will always be king

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Shtinamin_ (on 10 December 2023)

I want to say a bit about what I'm thinking when I read, analyze, and view this chart about PS3 vs PS4 vs PS5.
It looks to me that those that bought a PS3, also bought a PS4, and those that bought a PS4 bought a PS5.
It's looking like the Playstation has been very consistent in selling its console, which is rather cool. But, it doesn't look like it has a increase of Playstation users. Of course, we are not done with the PS5 and of course it will continue to sell more. I'm just looking at what the data shows.
PS3 total are 10.47 M, and PS4 totals are 9.66M. So Playstation had a -7.74% decline of Playstation purchasers from the PS3 to the PS4. If this trend was to continue, I dont believe it will, then PS5 will sell 8.91M.
From the looks of the graph, the PS5 will sell more than the PS3 and the PS4. But I do find it interesting to see that all 3 consoles are very similar in sales.

This is also going to be the 4th holiday season in Japan for the PS5, same as the PS3. Playstation has sold its best in its 4th holiday season. We should be seeing a good healthy PS5 holiday season this year.

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mjk45 Shtinamin_ (on 10 December 2023)

Yes unlike the rest of the world that saw a PS4 rebound, Japanese PS4 numbers settled at PS3 levels and PS5 sales are presently tracking at or slightly above those PS3 levels , indicating as you pointed out that the stabilisation is indicative of a platform now almost fully made up of generational long term gamers.

looking back at Sony the Westernisation that they and many big Japanese third party publishers pushed that lead to such smart thinking not, like marketing the Vita as a portable PS3, rather than continuing to build on the PSP's legacy despite the great success of the PSP then you add in the PS3's early pricing and lack of Japanese titles compared to even the 360 ,while it recovered that recovery was in the west and with the arrival of the PS4 we had the Switch end off story, so we all can see why it's now a hardcore platform .

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