Japan: Subdued start for 40GB PS3; Dual Shock 3

The new 40GB PS3 and Dual Shock 3 pad have met with a lukewarm reception in Japan. Both launched in Japan yesterday, but as the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper is reporting, demand for both products has been rather subdued so far. No queues were seen forming outside of retailers, and both console and pad are still widely available.

According to, unconfirmed retailer reports suggest that around 36,000 PS3s were sold (of which 31,000 were the new 40GB model) on the first day, with around 70,000-100,000 Dual Shock 3 pads. Exact figures are expected by the end of the week. While these sales figures (assuming they're true, of course) aren't exactly shabby, given the hysteria that normally grips Japan following a new hardware launch, they're a little underwhelming.

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resistance1004931d ago

36,000 Already :O

Thats more than i expected tbh, I recon the number will be close to 50,000-60,000 by the end of the week, possibly more.

shmee4930d ago

36000 on DAY 1 and SUBDUED????????????


eagle214930d ago

Good job Sony. Can't wait for full week totals! This will be good. Look at all those controllers!

Skerj4931d ago

Wow that's subdued? Sweet.

ruibing4930d ago

Well, I'm glad I guess they had THAT high of an expectation. Just 36,000 is double the hardware sales last week that just about tied the 360 with the PS3. And this is just from a single retailer, I would really like to see the hardware sales for Japan for this week now.

scrillakiller4931d ago (Edited 4931d ago )

who the hell waits in line for another sku.pple are so dumb.anyway domination is coming.

new hardware launch.last time i checked ps3 is a year old now.what with the negative spin on the ps3 sales rise due to 40 gig a holes

The_Firestarter4931d ago

to import a DS3 from Japan. :D

Keowrath4930d ago

Looking at your disagree, apparantly you don't?

LOL this site cracks me up.

(P.S. You got an agree from me as I'll be doing the same! =) )

Douchebaggery4931d ago (Edited 4931d ago )

I guest they can turn anything into negative news

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