The PS4 Has Surpassed 5 Million In Sales
This is actually ridiculously scary. Initially, Sony had set a goal to sell 5 million PS4 consoles by the end of March, a month after releasing in its home territory of Japan.
It turns out that Sony has achieved that goal more than a month ahead of schedule.
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According to Sony, the PS4 has sold 5.3 million units worldwide.
To be specific, that number accounts for PS4 consoles sold since its launch on November 29 and February 8. That confused me a bit, because what about the sales that happened in the US since November 15? There were a million of those, weren’t there? Typo maybe.
Either way, the PS4 is due to release in Japan on February 22, which will no doubt lead to a huge boost in sales as it’s Sony’s home turf.
We don’t have the latest information on Xbox One sales, but last month Microsoft claimed that 3 million consoles had been sold by the end of 2013. Sony stated that 4.2 million PS4s were sold by then.
SCE president Andrew House issued a statement in which he said that he was “thrilled that so many customers around the globe have continued to select PS4 as the best place to play throughout and beyond the holiday season.”
He added: “We are delighted that according to the NPD Group’s latest data, PS4 was January’s top-selling console in the United States. The PS4 system’s momentum just keeps growing stronger, and we are extremely grateful for the continued passion and support of PlayStation fans.
“February 22 sees the launch of PS4 in Japan, and I’m looking forward to Japanese fans sharing the excitement of the deep social capabilities and entertainment experiences only possible on PS4.”
Meanwhile, Nintendo’s Wii U launched in November 2012 and has sold a total of 3.91 million units as of September 30, 2013. Awkward turtle.