While we’re over here wondering why the Wii U is selling so poorly, Japan’s stories are about the PlayStation 4. Japanese magazine publisher Enterbrain’s report shows that despite the launch of Sony’s new console, revenue for the first half of 2014 remained unchanged compared to the first half of 2013.
Since the system’s launch in February, the PlayStation 4 has only sold about 620,000 units and hasn’t sold more than 10,000 units in a week in over two months. The system sold only 8,000 units during the last week of June.
On the other hand, the Wii U sold 10,000 per week during that period. The handheld market is a bit healthier, with the Vita selling 22,000 units and the 3DS doing around 28,000. Total, the Wii U is at 1.8 million units sold, the Vita is at 2.8 million, and the 3DS at 15.7 million.
All of this is in sharp contrast to the western markets of the United States and Europe where the PlayStation 4 is destroying the competition, having shipped and sold over 7 million systems in less than a year.
Japan seems to be an increasingly handheld market – the 3DS has sold more units there than in the U.S. despite having less than half the population. The Vita is selling well, too. Japanese gaming industry consultant Dr. Serkan Toto says the smartphone gaming market is set to grow handsomely as well.