Sales of Sony's PlayStation 3 Fall Short in Japan

The first results are out in the hotly contested market for video game consoles in Japan, and so far, the results do not look too promising for Sony and its much-promoted PlayStation 3. Enterbrain, a market research company, released sales estimates on Wednesday showing that Sony fell far short of its goal of selling one million PlayStation 3s in Japan last year. Sony sold 534,336 consoles from their Nov. 11 debut in Japan to Jan. 7, Enterbrain said.

By contrast, Enterbrain reported that Nintendo sold 1.14 million units of its less expensive new game console, Wii, from its introduction Dec. 2 until Jan. 7. Xbox 360 from Microsoft, which has had limited success breaking into the Japanese market, has sold 311,053 units since arriving in December 2005, Enterbrain said. "We can't keep Wiis in our stores," said Naoko Ito, a spokeswoman for Bic Camera, one of Japan's largest electronics retailers. "But we still have plenty of PlayStations."

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well i dunno know if ps3 is selling well or not, but please just don't compare it to a wii, maybe wii is a nice console but it is in no way comparable to a ps3 or xbox360 consoles.

once again still too early for anybody to be predicting anything. we all knew it wouldn't be selling millions a month, if only because the price plain and simple. it could still end up moving just half of what the ps2 did over the next 5 years just as a slower pace. while not as successful as the ps2 you still couldn't call that a failure.

come back again a year or 2 years from now, then we can begin to make some realstic predictions.

macrosslover said,
once again still too early for anybody to be predicting anything. we all knew it wouldn't be selling millions a month, if only because the price plain and simple. it could still end up moving just half of what the ps2 did over the next 5 years just as a slower pace. while not as successful as the ps2 you still couldn't call that a failure.

come back again a year or 2 years from now, then we can begin to make some realstic predictions.

No this clearly shows that the ps3 has failed. People don't want it when there are other consoles that are better and cheaper. Nobody, or virtually nobody, cares that the ps3 has a cell processor and a bluray disc and don't see the point in paying 400usd extra just for that, especially when blu-ray is already starting to look like a failure.

I will cry of joy if this really hurts Sony. I hope this console fails and that they loose enough money, and then the only thing missing would be a full domination of HD-DVD and Sony would be finished! HIHI! YES, finished!

I swear that if Sony ever go bankrupt I will throw a huge party celebrating this event.

The "rootkit monster" needs to die and die painfully

Sayonara Sony, burn in hell

djesteban said,
I will cry of joy if this really hurts Sony. I hope this console fails and that they loose enough money, and then the only thing missing would be a full domination of HD-DVD and Sony would be finished! HIHI! YES, finished!

I swear that if Sony ever go bankrupt I will throw a huge party celebrating this event.

The "rootkit monster" needs to die and die painfully

Sayonara Sony, burn in hell

Can I have an invite please ???????????
Dislike sony for several reasons, mostly though for buying up as many small game studios they could find when the ps1 was released and making all their future games ps1 exclusives, im sure thats something many have chosen to forget or too young to remember.

“We can’t keep Wiis in our stores,” said Naoko Ito, a spokeswoman for Bic Camera, one of Japan’s largest electronics retailers. “But we still have plenty of PlayStations.”

Well this is NOT at all surprising. We are talking Japan here folks and they ALWAYS have favored nintendo very heavily compared to any other consle..

Sony didn't sell 1 million units because it could not build and ship 1 million units.. Honestly even if they could have it still wouldn't matter because Japan gamers have always been Nintendo fanbois...

Wrong, Sony's playstation and playstation 2 have been heavily favoured in Japan for quite some time now (ever since the N64 started to see game droughts). Sure Nintendo was no.1 in Japan during the NES and SNES days but ever since the N64 days they have always been no.2 next to Sony.

This is the first time Sony has launched into full competition without the full support of third parties, Sony is over-estimating the brand power of Playstation and it'll hurt them greatly over the next few years, with Microsoft and Nintendo take up Sony's lost marketshare (but right now the Wii might get consumers that Sony or Microsoft would never get).

Its a shame too, since Sony has bet everything on the PS3 and if they lose their no.1 position they lose everything. Since sony is deep in the red, they are relying on the PS3 (and thus also Blu-ray) to pull them out of their deficit (because for quite some time the Playstation brand has been the only thing keeping them afloat).

ps3 is good but its just expensive .. not everyone can get it... i my self could not manage to get one yet coz the price here is about 972 Dollars..... -_- andd the wii is 694 Dollars so basicly alot will go for wii for its price naturally but when thr price drops am geting on for soon.. btw my brother got a ps3 and i must say its amazing.. btw does this also prove taht if M$ droped the price of windows vista then there will be less hacking ?.. just a point

zixyon said,
ps3 is good but its just expensive .. not everyone can get it... i my self could not manage to get one yet coz the price here is about 972 Dollars..... -_- andd the wii is 694 Dollars so basicly alot will go for wii for its price naturally but when thr price drops am geting on for soon.. btw my brother got a ps3 and i must say its amazing.. btw does this also prove taht if M$ droped the price of windows vista then there will be less hacking ?.. just a point

Where do you live that the Wii isn't less than half the price of the PS3?

“We can’t keep Wiis in our stores,” said Naoko Ito, a spokeswoman for Bic Camera, one of Japan’s largest electronics retailers. “But we still have plenty of PlayStations.”

no only in Japan... :P

Spartan_X said,

no only in Japan... :P

is that meant to read "NOT only in japan..." ?

they arent even out in the UK, i feel that sony is going to learn a harsh lesson and probably try and rebound for the PS4

i still trying to get a wii, but i'm always 2 steps behind, everywhere i turn is sold out