Xbox One Sales Numbers Make It The Worst Selling Console In Japan For 2018

Xbox One sales numbers from Japan are in and it is clear that Microsoft has lost the battle to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

Xbox One has struggled to in the land of the rising sun, Japan. Since its release 4 years ago, the console has failed tremendously in Japan. As a result, every year, it is among the worst selling gaming hardware in the country. The gaming console from Microsoft is the worst selling gaming hardware in Japan for 2018, according to the recent sales numbers.

Microsoft managed to sell only 15,339 Xbox One units throughout the year. Since its release back in 2014, total Xbox One sales in Japan stand at 102,931.  The latest Xbox One sales numbers truly paint the picture of Microsoft’s current state in Japan. Will the next Xbox change things? Well, it’s hard to say since games are what sell consoles and not empty PR words.

Microsoft’s first-party exclusive line up has been the pinnacle of mediocrity this console generation. Games like Crackdown 3, Quantum Break, ReCore, and others didn’t manage to be commercially or critically successful.

As a result, the sales numbers for the Xbox One itself drop across the board. While it did manage to win second place in the West, Japan hasn’t been too kind to Microsoft’s gaming console.

Japan’s Top-Selling Hardware for 2018


Manufacturer: Nintendo
Release Date: March 3, 2017
2018 Estimated Sales: 3,482,388
Estimated Total Sales: 6,889,546

PlayStation 4 (including PlayStation 4 Pro)

Manufacturer: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: February 22, 2014
2018 Estimated Sales: 1,695,227
Estimated Total Sales: 7,552,090

3DS (including 3DS XL, New 3DS, New 3DS XL, 2DS, and New 2DS XL)

Manufacturer: Nintendo
Release Date: February 26, 2011
2018 Estimated Sales: 566,420
Estimated Total Sales: 24,304,964

PS Vita

Manufacturer: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: December 17, 2011
2018 Estimated Sales: 181,728
Estimated Total Sales: 5,825,354

Xbox One (including Xbox One S and Xbox One X)

Manufacturer: Microsoft
Release Date: September 4, 2014
2018 Estimated Sales: 15,339
Estimated Total Sales: 102,931

In the next two years, we will see another console from Microsoft namely, the Xbox Scarlett. The machine is currently close to being announced by Microsoft. Rumor has it that Microsoft will show the console at E3 2019. According to reports, the next console is using AMD chips.

Source: Gamatsu

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