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PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison in Japan - April 2024

PS5 vs PS4 Sales Comparison in Japan - April 2024 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 20 May 2024 / 3,765 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: 93,941 - PS4

Gap change over last 12 months: 55,972 - PS4

Total Lead: 340,073 - PS5

PlayStation 5 Total Sales: 5,578,014

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 5,237,941

April 2024 is the 42nd month the PlayStation 5 has been available for. In the latest month, the gap grew in favor of the PlayStation 4 when compared to the aligned launch of the PlayStation 5 by 93,941 units.

In the last 12 months, the PS4 has outsold the PS5 by 55,972 units. The PS5 is currently ahead by 340,073 units.

The 42nd month for the PS5 in Japan is April 2024, while for the PS4 it is July 2017. The PS5 has sold 5.58 million units, while the PS4 sold 5.24 million units during the same timeframe. The PS4 sold current PS5 sales in month 45.

The PS4 crossed 6 million in month 47, 7 million in month 53, and 8 million in month 61. The PS4 has sold 9.68 million units to date. The PS5 is currently 4.10 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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10 Comments
Qwark (on 20 May 2024)

PS4 has a big holiday season ahead of it launch aligned, whilst PS5 is forecast for the rest of this year isn't looking to hot at this moment. Refantzio Metaphor might sell some units. Perhaps a GOT 2 announcement will renew some interest in the PS5 in Japan.

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jvmkdg (on 20 May 2024)

The ps5 will need more Japanese games if it wants to pass the ps4 and ps3 in japan. Maybe a price cut would also help, but I think it would be difficult since the yen is very weak. I don't know which upcoming games could increase PS5 sales in Japan, I think GTA 6 isn't very popular there.

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Shtinamin_ jvmkdg (on 20 May 2024)

I agree, GTA VI seems more Americas and Europe heavy.
And we’ve already seen from Sony that they would rather give a price increase than a price cut.
2025 will be a better year for them.

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firebush03 jvmkdg (on 20 May 2024)

I'm curious to see how it'll perform when the Switch successor releases. Being that this is Japan, I suspect it may be possible sales are cannibalized, unless Sony's got some strong titles lined up for there (though if Stellar Blade, Rise of Ronin, and Final Fantasy aren't enough, I'm really not entirely sure what they could release...).

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ireadtabloids jvmkdg (on 20 May 2024)

Grand Theft Auto V was comparable to Final Fantasy XV sales-wise. Sold well on PS3 and PS4. The sleeping giant is Dragon Quest XII if that emerges next year.
DQ XI sold about 4 million physical copies across 3DS, PS4 and later on Switch.

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Shtinamin_ ireadtabloids (on 20 May 2024)

Isn't Dragon Quest gonna go to other consoles now though?

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ireadtabloids Shtinamin_ (on 21 May 2024)

I don’t think they have announced platforms yet, but lead platforms likely include PS5 and the Nintendo Switch successor considering how far away it seems to be.

Not sure what their plans are for Switch and Xbox. A PC port seems likely, but might come after the console versions.

PS5 has likely been the main development target until Switch successor dev kits came through.

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NSS7 jvmkdg (on 22 May 2024)

Monster Hunter Wilds

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ireadtabloids NSS7 (on 22 May 2024)

Oh yeah! That’s the big one!
No announcement for a Nintendo version at this stage either.
Will definitely be huge in Japan on PS5 next year.

Thank you for reminding us.

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