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The PlayStation 4 struggles to make a significant impact in Japan. While sales have soared in the west, the PlayStation 4 remains more of an afterthought in the land of the rising sun.
According to Japanese magazine publisher Enterbrain, the Japanese console has remained static in sales for the first half of 2014 compared to the first half of 2013 – despite the launch of the PS4 in Japan in February. According to Media Create figures, the PS4 sold just over 8000 units between June 23-29 of 2014. That same week, the PS4 version of Watch Dogs was the best-selling game in Japan, selling roughly 63,000 copies of Ubisoft’s open world hacking game.
During that same period, the Wii U shifted 10,000 units, the Vita sold 22,000 and the 3DS sold 27,800.
The PS4 has sold 620,000 units in Japan since going on sale in February. The Wii U is 1.8m lifetime to date, the Vita is 2.8m and the 3DS is 15.7m.