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Sony, Microsoft Consoles Struggle With Thin Launch-Day Stock

  • Sony and Microsoft both sold out limited inventory in Japan
  • Companies have acknowledged supply constraints that may endure
Sony’s PS5, left and the Microsoft Series S and X gaming consoles.

Sony’s PS5, left and the Microsoft Series S and X gaming consoles.

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Sales of Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp.’s new gaming consoles fell short of their predecessors during their first week in Japan, suggesting persistent supply bottlenecks will hamper the debut of two of this holiday season’s most hotly anticipated gadgets.

Sony sold 118,085 PlayStation 5 consoles from its debut on Nov. 12 to Nov. 15, roughly a third of the PS4’s performance over launch weekend, Famitsu estimated. Microsoft tallied 20,534 units of its Xbox Series X and S during the six days from its start on Nov. 10, also shy of the 23,562 that the Xbox One managed during its first few days, the research house said.