Xbox One Japan launch is a massive flop

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On September 4th the Xbox One finally launched in Japan… not that the people there seemed to notice. The console – which was debuting almost a year after its US and European launch – has according to Japanese mag Famitsu (by way of Bright Side Of News) sold only 23,562 units since.

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By comparison, the PS4 shifted around 370,000 units in its launch weeks.

Worse still, these numbers are even poor in comparison to the launch of the Xbox 360 in Japan – which in 2005 sold more than 60,000 units. The 360 then went on to be out-performed by the PS3 (which is, of course, made by Japanese company Sony).

Apparently the most popular game at launch was Titanfall, shifting 22,416 units – with Kinect Sports Rivals selling 14,191.

It’ll be interesting to see if Microsoft can turn things around – though signs are not good as apparently Arkham Knight has been pulled from release on XBO in Japan already.

James O’Malley