So confirmation that neither company prioritized Japan very highly for launch shipments. Not that you can really blame them much since it isn't their strongest market, but a especially for Playstation this a big step down, compared to the PS4 debut at nearly 3 times as much.
Yes, and no
The PS4 launched in February 2014 in Japan, 3 months after the initial worldwide launch --> more units available at launch.
I'm aware of that but it doesn't change the numbers. Sure since they weren't focusing on launching everywhere else at the time it was easier to allocate more stock to Japan, but its not like they couldn't have shipped 300k to Japan this time if they made that a priority. They just decided to focus their initial shipments elsewhere (probably mainly the US).
If we put in perspective, PS4 Japan 1st week would be 0, and would remain 0 for 3 months. So PS5 having over 100k for first week shows a lot more priority was given compared to gen 8.
Considering limited manufacturing capability for launch (because we know the launch numbers would be equivalent to several months of regular months, plus there is holiday) you won't setup your manufacturing capabilities for something that would be higher than the necessary for the months after launch. And even if you stockpile prior to launch, well that is another problem because if Sony instead of let's say 2.5M consoles wanted 5M consoles ready for launch so nowhere would be sold out on launch and started to produce 2 or 3 months earlier to achieve that, it would mean going from 1.25B in inventory to 2.5B and that is a lot of iddle money.
I'm not sure what you're trying to say here exactly. I'll agree that they arguably downprioritized Japan moreso with the PS4 since they straight up delayed the launch back then, but I think the 0 for 3 months thing is a bit of a distorted comparison.
It isn't a distorted comparison. You tried to spin the sales as the sales not being good on the 1st week compared to PS4 and also that Sony is prioritizing Japan less. When my post demonstrated that Sony is prioritizing more and why they don't have as much inventory to set to Japan (they have to supply plenty other countries compared to PS4 that when they launched in Japan it could receive most of the available inventory because other countries were already launched).
"Sales not being good on the 1st week compared to PS4" - Yes, I was pointing that out. I wouldn't call it much of a "spin" to say that 118k is a step down from 320k though.
"Sony is prioritizing Japan less" - I haven't said that they prioritized it less compared to the PS4. Actually releasing it on time this time around it certainly an improvement. I do think 118k shows they're not prioritizing the Japan market very highly though, especially considering it was one of 7 (I think?) launch countries.
What I meant by distorted comparison was simply that a delayed launch is a different approach altogether and I don't think it makes sense to line it up directly like that, but I get the point you were trying to make.