Just confirming it is a Japan problem, PS5 software sales are 11% ahead of PS4 launch aligned, when HW is only 4% ahead.
Well they don't have to "dedicate" it to Japan.Yeah for sure, more games like Bloodborne would have been great. And as the above chart shows Ghost was actually one of the top sellers in Japan last year, so it doesn't have to be games made in Japan.
I'd love for them to try making a game like Final Fantasy, or more Bloodborne. Something that's definitely Japanese, but still pretty popular in the West.
But their western first party games practically do better in Japan than their Japanese ones. So understandably, it's hard to justify trying to do that.
On the other hand, Sony Music seemingly knows how to make games for Japan. SIE hasn't had the same kind of success, and it's not completely from a lack of trying. The market has been moving over to handhelds/mobile for a while, and SIE is investing in the things they've been able to be successful in.