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PS4 struggling in Japan as it fails to stimulate console market

8 July 2014

The Japanese video games market has failed to see significant growth for the first half of 2014, despite the launch of Sony’s next-generation home console, the PlayStation 4.

PS4 was released in the Land of the Rising Sun in February, though figures suggest it hasn’t been met with the same reception as it has in the west.

Japanese games industry consultant, Dr. Serkan Toto, said Enterbrain figures reveal that the Japanese console market was worth 1722.6 million yen for the first half of this year. By contrast, the same period last year saw the figure at 1720.2 million yen, which represents only a modicum of growth.

PS4 itself has sold a total of 620,000 units since its release in Japan, while PlayStation Vita has reached 2.8 million since December 2011. Nintendo Wii U and 3DS sit at 1.8 million and 15.7 million, respectively.

Despite a slow start in Japan, the PS4 has reportedly sold an eye-watering nine million units to date, putting it ahead of the five plus million Xbox One is said to have notched up.

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