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Retail

6 million PlayStation 4s sold

6 million PlayStation 4s sold

Tue 04 Mar 2014 8:19am GMT / 3:19am EST / 12:19am PST
Retail

370,000 consoles sold through in Japan

Sony Computer Entertainment

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Sony has announced that as of Monday, it has now sold more than 6 million PlayStation 4s around the world.

That includes 370,000 consoles sold through in Japan since the launch there on February 22. 13.7 million pieces of PlayStation 4 software have also been sold.

"I am absolutely delighted that PS4 is off to such a great start in Japan," said SCE president Andrew House.

"The responses we have received for the PS4 system's integrated social capabilities have been phenomenal, and I couldn't be more thrilled that gamers are utilising these unique features to engage, share, play and connect with users around the world. SCE will continue to expand the world of PlayStation by growing its library of breakthrough games and bringing more innovative features and services only possible on PS4."

On the social side, the console's share button has resulted in 100 million items of shared content and more than 3.6 million gameplay broadcasts.

In January Microsoft announced rival console the Xbox One had shipped 3.9 million units and last week the company confirmed a UK price cut down to £399.

21 Comments

Omar Taylor 3D All-rounder and Designer

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6 million in 4 months is about 1.5 each month (obviously just an average, with 700K being the real number for Feb.). That's above pace of the Wii. Granted, monthly numbers most likely won't stay this high, as there are no more regions for Sony to launch in, but at this rate, we're looking at 10.5 million by the end of June. From here on out, it's going to be all about the games.

For comparison's sake (according to vgchartz numbers combined with Nintendo's last reported numbers), Wii U was at about 6.27 million by Feb. 22nd.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Omar Taylor on 4th March 2014 8:54am

Posted:7 months ago

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Jakub Mikyska CEO, Grip Digital

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These are incredible numbers. Especially considering that that the number of PS4s sold is more limited by the supply than demand. There are still people out there who want one, but cannot get one.
So, this is either a zombie apocalypse finally coming, or the consoles were not dead after all ;-)

Posted:7 months ago

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André Noller Creative Director & Co-founder, Grandé Games

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It would be interesting to have some sales figures for the PS4 camera, not only the amount of shared content :)

Posted:7 months ago

#3

Nick Parker Consultant

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Very impressive. It beats PS3 and Xbox 360 but not PS2 at the same stage. Oh, what would PS3 have achieved if it's pricing had been more competitive at launch? Sony missed a generation of Western World dominance but was hampered by a necessary profitability drive over market share.

Posted:7 months ago

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Curt Sampson Sofware Developer

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Nick, there was a lot more working against Sony at the PS3 launch than just the high price. The release also trailed the Xbox 360 by a year (and even a little more, for Europe) and the PS3's on-line experience, in particular, simply wasn't as smooth or as featureful as Xbox Live.

And while Sony may not have utterly dominated the seventh console generation the way it did the sixth, I think that was a good thing for the industry and for consumers overall. The competition forced Sony to add further features that don't appear to have been originally planned and probably pushed them to do a much more work on the PS4 software and user experience than Sony, otherwise a very hardware-oriented company, would have done otherwise.

Posted:7 months ago

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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

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I wish people would stop claiming it's supply constrained. When you can order a PS4 online from the website of literally any retailer that sells them including amazon it's not supply constrained.

Posted:7 months ago

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Sean Kauppinen Founder & CEO, IDEA

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But you can't walk into every retail store that sells them and buy one on the spot. That actually means it's supply constrained. Not everyone buys hardware online.

Posted:7 months ago

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Dave Sullivan Senior Audio Designer, Codemasters

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Nicholas, I only checked out Amazon UK ...PS4 "In stock on March 25, 2014" Looks a little constrained to me.

I month or so back when I was looking to buy I PS4, all I could find were ridiculous bundles.

Posted:7 months ago

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David Spender Lead Programmer

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@Nicholas

I just went to walmart.com and PS4 is out of stock. Same with Gamespot. The cheapest new console on amazon was $512. I'm not a commerce expert but that seems supply constrained to me.

Posted:7 months ago

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Robert Barrow Programming (AI), Web Development, Security (Pentesting, Recovery)

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@Nicholas

Whilst it's very true that you can go online and order a PS4 from Amazon et al, all that is doing is basically pre-ordering one for when stock arrives. It is most definitely supply constrained and has been since launch. It's amazing that demand, for the PS4, is still as high as it was 2 months ago whilst the XB1 seems to have tailed off quite considerably.

I'm guessing MS are betting the farm on Titanfall shifting XB1's but they should have kept it platform exclusive for that. How many sales will they loose to XB360 owners who have no need to upgrade to play? Besides which the Infamous bundle seems to have beaten the Titanfall bundle pre-orders by quite a margin. At least at Gamestop anyway.

Sony have done a masterful job with the PS4 and MS has staggered from PR blunder to PR nightmare far too many times. EA believed that MS was going to eat Sonys lunch which is why they signed the deal with MS over Titanfall. As it turns out Sony has kept it lunch and had MS's desert at the same time.

Posted:7 months ago

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Craig Page Programmer

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They're in stock online at amazon.com from individual sellers, but you have to pay an extra $100, oh and they're also used. The NEW unused PS4s are selling for an extra $120 there...

Posted:7 months ago

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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Besides which the Infamous bundle seems to have beaten the Titanfall bundle pre-orders by quite a margin. At least at Gamestop anyway.
Hi Robert. I did some research on this recently.

For the PS4, the inFAMOUS bundle in the only new PS4 console (bundle or not) you can buy online. The default PS4 is not available. For the Xbox One, there is the default console and 8 other bundles available.

The available sales options practically ensure the inFAMOUS PS4 bundle as the better selling of the group.

http://www.gamestop.com/browse/consoles/playstation-4?nav=28-xu0,13ffff2412-1dc
http://www.gamestop.com/browse/consoles/xbox-one?nav=28-xu0,13ffff2412-1e0

Posted:7 months ago

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Robert Barrow Programming (AI), Web Development, Security (Pentesting, Recovery)

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Ah, that explains it then. The results are getting skewed by the simple process of availability.

Posted:7 months ago

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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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PS4 is out of stock in all the gamestops and walmarts in my area... so yeah its selling like hotcakes...

For some people no game console news is ever good news, especially if they have stakes in other parts of the games industry.

And for all you naysayers.... tough luck on your predictions.

Posted:7 months ago

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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

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It's not out of stock at any Walmarts in my area and all 8 of the Gamestops within 10 miles (3 say low stock). Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it's harder to find some places than others, but most days if you go to Amazon and search for PlayStation 4 it's in stock, and it's currently in stock on Best Buy, It takes less than 5 minutes to find one and order it, and everyone has at least one local store in which you can walk in and buy it today. If it's supply constrained, it's on the very fringes of that claim.

PS: I'm hardly rooting against it. I predicted it would outsell the Xbox One 2:1 or more in its first year and I own one myself. I just feel like it's important to distinguish between actual supply constraint (like the Wii which was impossible to find in stores and not even sold online until Summer after launch) and the PS4 which every once in a while requires you to navigate to a second website.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Nicholas Pantazis on 4th March 2014 8:26pm

Posted:7 months ago

#15

Richard Browne EVP Gaming and Interactive, Evergreen Studios

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The PS4 was widely available at retail until Japan sucked up all the forthcoming supply. Now the Japan launch has been done I'm sure you'll find retail elsewhere getting resupplied. The Wii was supply constrained through TWO Christmas's, unfortunately I don't see that happening with the PS4.

Still its been a fantastic launch, especially given the lack of system selling software available. Microsoft better be hoping Titanfall gets their machine shifting again.

Posted:7 months ago

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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany

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@Jakub
Consoles being dead is only a sick and twisted wish of some PC and mobile phone fanatics that want that market gone at the same time that they comment in every single "layoff at x company" news article about "how sorry they are for the people affected". Still trying to make sense of it here...

@Nicholas
Amazon won't have more until day 25 this month... and most of the shop selling one are raising the price quite considerably. You only have to jump online and verify this. Maybe when you checked it happened to be some available in amazon.com, but I can tell you; they disappear in less than 24h

Posted:7 months ago

#17

Kenneth Shaw JavaScript Developer

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I think a lot of this success has to do with Microsoft's initial mistakes and PR gaffes. People were hating on the XB1 pretty harsh over some DRM issues that they didn't really understand too well. All that really damaged Microsoft this generation.

Ditching backwards compatability is a very short-sighted decision on Microsoft's part. There's no reason to be loyal to a console anymore if you can't bring your new games with you.

Posted:7 months ago

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Roland Austinat roland austinat media productions|consulting, IDG, Computec, Spiegel Online

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@Craig: Amazon.com must have gotten resupplied - they are in stock for the regular price again now.

Posted:7 months ago

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Curt Sampson Sofware Developer

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Ditching backwards compatability is a very short-sighted decision on Microsoft's part. There's no reason to be loyal to a console anymore if you can't bring your new games with you.
There are other things you still do bring with you when you move from the 360 to the One, such as your Live account, including your achievements and your friends lists.

Keeping backward compatibility would have been the short-sighted move, because it would have involved a lot of additional cost or some massive technical compromises, or both, all to replicate a device that the person wanting backward compatability already has. We've seen how that worked out in the past with the PlayStation 3 and its PS2 backward compatability.

Posted:7 months ago

#20
I think this was inevitable since E3 last year. Good to see as I think Sony needed it more than Microsoft.

Posted:7 months ago

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