Today, Famitsu released the information for the Xbox One launch in Japan. No one seems surprised by the number of units sold, aside from Microsoft’s statements on the longevity of the system. The Xbox One sold only 23,562 systems of the 150,000 shipped to the Japanese market – in comparison, that’s less than half the number of Xbox 360 systems sold in Japan!
By the numbers
The console’s launch saw the lowest sales results of any system in recent years, placing it below both Wii U and PlayStation 4 sales during the first two days of their respective launches.
By comparison, Wii U saw sales of 308,000 units during the first two days of its launch, while PS4 saw sales of 322,000. Xbox 360, on the other hand, sold 62,135 units in half the time it took for Xbox One to sell just over 20,000 units.
So what does this mean for the gaming world?
Well, there are a number of great articles out there today touching on this subject. One strikes a cord with us, as it pertains to gaming in general, as well as the effects the new Apple IPhone and Watch releases. The overall thing to watch has to be the continued transition into mobile gaming. This is not only a worry that other phone makers should be worried about, but Nintendo as well! The last IPhone sales came close to the entire Nintendo DS lineup sales, and is poised to break those numbers. Nintendo does not have a fall back from gaming, unlike Microsoft, who has its Enterprise division, and Sony, who makes most of its money selling insurance! Phones have already managed to put many electronic device companies out of business due to their seamless integration, and I hope game developers are taking note.