PlayStation 3 sales nearly doubled week-on-week in Japan to 50,164 for the week ended March 21, according to Media Create.
Thanks to the boost, the PS3 was able to outsell regular handheld chart-toppers PlayStation Portable as well as Nintendo's line of DS hardware.
The PS3's strong performance occurred the same week as the release of Sega's Japanese organize crime-themed game, Yakuza 4. Media Create reported that the game sold a hefty 384,000 units in its opening week.
In addition, this week saw the much-awaited release of the Torne, a device that turns the PS3 into a digital recorder. It is available in Japan as a standalone unit as well as bundled with a PS3.