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PS3 breaks the one million mark in Japan

Enterbrain recently announced that the PlayStation 3 has hit the one million console sold point in Japan, a point that the US and Europe both hit much sooner. We're not complaining! The announcement came from tracking over 3,500 stores in Japan, totaling 1.01 million consoles sold as of July 15th. If they counted every store in Japan, it's probably more like 1.02 or 1.03 million. Numbers are fun!

For those keeping tabs like middle-aged men at the horse races, this more than doubles sales of the 360 in Japan, which still hovers around 421,000 units sold (we rounded up). However, this announcement goes to show that the Nintendo Wii still outsells the PS3 by a ratio of about 3:1 in Japan. Yes, the Wii is near the 3 million mark in Japan already. In any case, kudos for Sony to hitting one million. Does anyone think they can cross 2 million by the end of the year?

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1. With GTA IV and some of the other titles coming out they just might. If there any delays with the titles they have scheduled they might not. The MGS delay isn't going to help at all.

Posted at 3:10PM on Jul 18th 2007 by HektikLyfe

2. yes

Posted at 3:11PM on Jul 18th 2007 by jack

3. That's sad. The first 1 million units for the PS2 took a weekend!

Posted at 3:32PM on Jul 18th 2007 by YouFaceTheTick

4. @1: GTAIV isn't going to have any effect in Japan, also the incredible delay on FFXIII isn't helping either. However, with the number of games that are coming this year, they should be able to reach 2 million; however, this all depends on what Nintendo does over there. They are an absolute powerhouse in Japan, who would have guessed that?

Posted at 3:43PM on Jul 18th 2007 by mshimer5

5. The bad news is Wii is outselling PS3 3 to 1 in japan.. the good news is I think the Wii "frenzy" is declining. In my neighborhood walmart , they have about 15 wiis piled high in the glass screen for a couple of weeks now and no one bought them. They did sell 2 ps3s in the 2 weeks or so (guess due to pricedrop). 360 consoles were either sold out or in storage since i dont see any in glass screen. A stock of silver PS2s are there though.

Posted at 3:48PM on Jul 18th 2007 by shase

6. @3 Its not terrible really. PS2 came out gates at $400 instead of $600. PS2 only "real" competition at the time was Dreamcast.

I believe a lot of the negative media and such really hurt the PS3. But with the strong game line starting this summer and beyond (don't think Buzz Lightyear(sp*)) and with the rumored 40gig @$399, machines will fly off the shelf.

Posted at 4:05PM on Jul 18th 2007 by Stellarpimp

7. @4 the console is 600 dollars cosidering the price i dont call the PS3 a flop as for America its the shortage that really hurt sony if they had 1 million units in november they would of sold 1million by the end of the year and we wouldnt have to worry about ebay. So the holiday season passed and thats the time you see major sales. but just think at that time the actual thought of having better graphics even better than the ps1 i believe at that time was even bigger than it was now compared to the ps2 price and the ps3 price the graphics were a quantom leap for your money. but sony's need to push there new format kind of hinders them since the blu ray hardware is reason why its so expensive. but i dont know why people continue to say the PS3 is a flop its just the plane truth that you need more reasons to buy it. next year first quarter we will see a boom in sales in japan because of grand tourismo, singstar, some jrpgs that will never release in america metal gear solid 4 and final fantasy. the fps's arent helping sales over there either since japanese gamers arent into it yet but in america you will see a satisfing growth in sales do to the amount of fps and other games plus new updates similar the to 360's like playing your music in game access to the xmb bar so you can invite friends to the game your playing while your playing and possibly go into a chat with them while your playing, and the ps3 eye is coming out so now you got a camera and last but not least home i hope it comes with a translater when texting so you can speak to other people around the world without a language barrier that would be sweet. so there you go the PS3 is not a flop its work in progress.

Posted at 4:09PM on Jul 18th 2007 by MYPS3KilledMy360

8. As the Japanese market continues to, surprisingly, play nicer with western games, I think the PS3 might have a good chance of even hitting 2.5 to 3 million in Japan, seeing as so many western, and a handful of eastern, games are coming out from now till the end of the calendar year.

Still don't understand why they are being turned onto western games, albeit slowly. Maybe something in the water?

Posted at 4:11PM on Jul 18th 2007 by OrganicShadow

9. @9

I think it's $$$ more than anything else. I personally don't like many "western" games. I am not really fascinated by FPS, Sports, or western rpgs. I love RPGs but can't stand most of western ones. I think it is the graphical representation and the whole "non-linear" in the western rpgs - like fable, kotor and most likely mass effect. Sure I like some nonlinearity like side quests whatnot but not to the extreme like some western rpgs. Also, I don't like the models in those games - they try to make them look realistic but they look much more fake and ugly - I was a fan of NWN 1 and sequels but when I bought NWN2 it was a huge dissapointment especially in the models category and i was praying to be done with the game while playing through it. Mass effect looks boring as well.

I liked NWN1 and also Septerra core- it was pretty cool. I guess I am just used to the more "animeish" like models or just unrealistic ones....

Posted at 4:28PM on Jul 18th 2007 by shase

10. Once people tire of the Wii and its shoddy gamecube graphics, and lame ports of good games, they'll jump back to the SONY side.

Posted at 4:29PM on Jul 18th 2007 by derrickgott007

11. And the PS3 will continue to gain momentum and continue to sell units hoooray!!! When all the games finally release, the sales will be even greater... Keep it up Sony, its working!!

Posted at 4:32PM on Jul 18th 2007 by never$$hort

12. What is wrong with those crazy Japanese? The PS3 is freakin cool. Just too expensive for most people to swallow I guess. Im sure if the Wii was $400 or more it would not be outselling PS3

Posted at 4:33PM on Jul 18th 2007 by Brambler

13. @10

Maybe in my area it is declining, plus the town i live at is not that big either so maybe that's why. Anyway, i really don't see why people betting on like 3 nintendo games and nothing else - there's nothing that was great announced at E3 by nintendo besides more peripherals that does what the wiimote does and basically a whole sales pitch. I guess people are really fixated on the price that they would go for the inferior product , that or they really believe the hype...

Posted at 4:35PM on Jul 18th 2007 by shase

14. @14

Yeah, if wii were to be 400$ then it would probably be dead last. I really hope wii fails, not because I am anti nintendo or pro sony/ms but i dont want wii to set a standard that gimmicky controls and cheap price is the future of gaming. If that becomes the case then Sony and MS will undoubtly "copy/adapt" next gen with inferior performance products for cheaper price and we would be swamped with games that we wished could've been much more better.
Of course we "gamers" are the minority here and the casual gamers are the majority so we will be screwed more than anyone else. It is sad that nintendo's business model will most likely ruin it for gamers like us... then again at the pace I am going I dont think i will have time to play much games in the future anyway....

Posted at 4:40PM on Jul 18th 2007 by shase

15. Hot Shots Golf 5 has 300,000 preorders already.

Of course they will reach 2 million this year...

Posted at 5:25PM on Jul 18th 2007 by Mak

16. Shase what the hell are you talking about? I think your confusing gimmick with innovation, every major leap in game control has come from Nintendo (pre arcade stick). The Wii is great fun to play with friends and family plus games like Zelda and RE make it great fun for the solo gamer.
I own the Wii and PS3 and I see good and bad in both systems, I find it funny that in one breath people say the Wii is for the casual gamer and in the same breath people dont see why the person who wouldnt spend the dough on a PS3 isnt aware it can do everything else as well as play games, thus selling it as casual games platform by default.
If Nintendo come up tops this time around dont be sad. Sony will survive and they have done the games industry the greatest service, convinced the 20+ crowd that games arent only for geeks. That alone is the greatest legacy of the Playstation brand.
Plus I hate to burst your bubble but neither Sony, Nintendo or Microsoft want the tag of Hardcore gamers platform of choice. They want to sell as many system and as many games as possible to anybody with the money in their pocket, its called business


Posted at 6:18PM on Jul 18th 2007 by Gareth Burleigh

17. I think considering all the factors (Price, Late release, not many games atm, etc) the PS3 has done quite well (elsewhere, as well as Japan). I think the real time for the PS3 to shine is nigh upon us ;)

Posted at 8:55PM on Jul 18th 2007 by Tim

18. @shase: Amen to that, brother! =) You hit the nail on the head. If Nintendo gets their way, they'd dumb down the whole of gaming with nothing but weak mini party games. The Wii has been sucessful because of that, but as time goes on gamers will start to crave more. It's like eating potato chips or rice crackers for meals - after a while, you get the craving for something more substantial! (You can tell I used to be a very cash-poor college student from this statement, can't you? =D ) To put it quite mildly, the Wii is great for quick fun. If the consoles were women, the 360 would be a sexy cheap date who could die of a heart attack at any given moment; the PS3 would be a high class sex machine but doesn't have too much to say to you at the moment; and the Wii is that cute little 16 year old jail bait who's looking to have a good time with everyone - but is a complete ditz and dummy... but she IS fun for a while. ;)

This time next year, things will be different... MGS and FF will be a deciding factor in Japan - you will see!

Posted at 9:31PM on Jul 18th 2007 by Consolcwby

19. remember the ps3 is suppose to last 10 years so they will w/ out a doubt sell more

Posted at 9:54PM on Jul 18th 2007 by qwerter

20. wow thats cool

Posted at 10:02PM on Jul 18th 2007 by Jetles

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