Sales of the PlayStation 3 in Japan dropped further in the week to January 21 as the games market there suffered from lackluster demand compared to recent weeks, according to data published Friday. The PlayStation 3 suffered its worst week of sales since launch for the second week in a row.
A total of 21,105 of the consoles were sold during the week, said Media Create. The research company receives data from around 3,000 stores across Japan and uses that to estimate nationwide sales.
Sales of the PlayStation 3 were highest during the launch weekend, when 81,639 were sold over two days, the company estimates. The sales dropped and then peaked again at 76,992 units in the last week of 2006. But sales have dropped each week since the new year, according to Media Create.
Sony said last week that shipments of the PlayStation 3 in Japan reached 1 million on January 16. The figure includes products in transit to retailers, in shop store rooms and on shelves waiting to be sold, in addition to units actually sold. SCEI's original target was to ship 1 million units in Japan by the end of 2006.
The sales figures appear especially poor when compared to the company's aging but lower-cost PlayStation 2. Media Create estimates that 20,169 of those consoles were sold during the same week, only slightly less than the PS3 sales.