2022 has been a good year for Xbox hardware sales. Back in February, Series X|S outsold PS5 in both the US and Europe, having never done so before in the latter region. Now, Xbox Series S has outsold PS5 in Japan for the very first time, and it didn't even need the help of its big brother.
This data comes by way of Famitsu, who reports that the Xbox Series S sold 6,120 units in Japan last week, and Series X a mere 105 units. However, both PS5 models only sold 2,693 units combined, meaning Series S more than doubled PS5 sales in Japan last week.
These numbers are down massively on the week prior — where PS5 outsold Xbox Series X|S — suggesting huge supply constraints in the region. Still, it's clear the Series S is becoming a pretty popular machine in Japan, probably down to its form factor and cheaper price point.
To put its popularity into context, Microsoft's last-gen machine, Xbox One, hasn't outsold a PlayStation system in Japan since 2014. After the week of September 1-7 that year, PlayStation has always outsold Xbox in the region.
Is Xbox finally making big moves in Japan? Or is this purely due to supply? Let us know your thoughts down below.