Initially there were concerns about how well the next-gen PlayStation 4 would be perceived in Japan, but sales look strong as Sony manage to sell over 300,000 in the first two days on sale. This is a pretty impressive number of units shifted within such a short space of time and we are intrigued to know how much further this will increase.
This is great news for Sony and according to Famitsu an estimated 322,083 units were sold during the first 48 hours of availability in Japan. With this in mind, we would like to see if this next-gen system can achieve half a million sold during its launch week.
As the PlayStation 4 has been available in a number of territories over the last few months, we can understand how the PS4 would be in high demand considering this is Sony’s home territory. This could add to the 5 million units sold internationally, although we are hearing the console is actually sold out in some regions.
Sony is now trying to ensure a continuous supply of stock, and this brings us to a recent post in which we discussed how Sony are hoping to achieve similar PS2 lifetime sales with the PS4. According to Hiroshi Kawano, the head of Sony in Japan this is a possible target, even though the PS2 surpassed the PS3. However, we questioned whether the price of Sony’s next-gen system will attract as bigger user base during its reign as the PS2.
Do you think Kawano is right to think this is a possible objective? Maybe now Japan is on board we could see total sales rise even more drastically over the coming weeks.