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PS4 sales top 10 million

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PS4 sales top 10 million

Tue 12 Aug 2014 5:29pm GMT / 1:29pm EDT / 10:29am PDT
RetailHardwaregamescom 2014

Sony says installed base for latest console hits sold-through milestone in less than 10 months

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Sony has sold more than 10 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president and CEO Jim Ryan announced today during Sony's Gamescom press briefing. Ryan stressed that figure was the number of systems sold through to consumers, and not just the total shipped.

The last PS4 installed base update from Sony came in mid-April, when the system had passed the 7 million mark. Both the Xbox One and PS4 launched last November, but the PS4 has maintained a sales edge since its release.

On the same day Sony gave its last sales update, Microsoft announced that it had shipped 5 million Xbox One consoles. While Microsoft said that sales of the Xbox One doubled month-over-month in June due to the launch of the cheaper Kinect-less bundle, it hasn't updated the system's installed base figure yet.

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

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Quite a monumental achievement in such a short time span.

They entered the generation with a perfect game plan. Hardware, price, marketing, games, dev support....combined with faltering from the competition and you get a runaway sales success.

Posted:3 months ago

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Ivan McCloskey Co Founder, Team Aozora

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Strange, it seems that every day we're told that consoles are dying out and here we have the PS4 outpacing even the Wii (which had Wii Sports as its killer app) with its rate of sales. This is great news for console developers and gamers. Congrats Sony!

Posted:3 months ago

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Good way to build the coffers and war chest.

Posted:3 months ago

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Andreia Quinta Creative & People Photographer, Studio52 London

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It's no wonder when there is - lets be honest here, literally - no competition. Congratulations to sony, they have made an incredible come back on the gaming department. It feels like the PS2 golden era is about to happen again, at least at first glance from these past few months.

I'm definitely a playstation person again, specially now after what they've done with tomb raider

Posted:3 months ago

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Ged McMillan Retail Manager

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10 million sales is all the more remarkable given it's faltering progress in Japan to date.

Posted:3 months ago

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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

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@ Ivan To be fair the Wii was still impossible to find without waiting in a line at this point in its life, while the PS4 is readily available everywhere. Still, an impressive feat, no question.

Posted:3 months ago

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Nick Wofford Hobbyist

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Consoles are truly dead, it seems. What, PS4 can't hit 12M units by now? I kid, I kid.

So much for the dead consoles though. Over 20M units sold of the Big 3 combined, with the newest consoles shifting 15+ million units in less than a year. Wasn't there a prediction floating around last November about how many combined units would be sold by this November? If the PS4/X1 don't hit that number, they'll be damn close.

Posted:3 months ago

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

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Nick, notice how all is quiet on the naysayer front? They won't own up.

And it's sad because these are people that could have helped mix the mobile development and console development worlds together instead of the silly playground warfare they chose to take.

Posted:3 months ago

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Neow Shau Jin Studying Bachelor in Computer Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia

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@Christian

I just view the decline retail software revenue as a sign of transition to digital though

Posted:3 months ago

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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing

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Which consumer could really tell the difference between:
(1) Microsoft, Sony, plus 50 AAA development teams.
(2) Microsoft, Sony, plus 25 AAA development teams.

As far as the numbers go:
(1) how much were numbers from 2005-2009 inflated by the Wii mainstream boom?
(2) how well do current numbers able to include the new distribution channels since 2008? Steam? Online Keyshops operating in the Caribbean? In-gameclient f2p purchases?
(3) did anybody care to check statistics by the job agencies? fewer teams yes, but think of teamsizes Ubisoft is running.
(4) should pre-selling your game on kickstarter count?
(5) How many 360ies and PS3 consoles sold replaced broken ones?

Even assuming the market is half what it used to be:
(1) who is gone? Half of the early adopters? Half of the people buying between year 4 and 6 of a console cycle?
(2) Do the same number of players buy less frequently? Do fewer players buy with the same frequency? Do games have too much content?
(3) What is the impact of loyalty schemes? Can $30 worth of season pass prevent $60 being spent on another game?

Unless we have answers to those questions and 100 more like them, it is all tinfoil hats and dubstep from the ass.

Posted:3 months ago

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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic

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Using Steam keys from the Carribean as a user from Europe or the US isn't legal, as the resellers only have distribution rights for their region.
Slight pedantry on my part, but legality doesn't particularly matter here - it's entirely possible to buy keys from both Amazon US and Nuuvem (Brazil), even if you live outside both countries. Both companies are consistently cheaper/as cheap as Europe/UK, are official sellers, and offer some support (though not much, it has to be said) to foreign buyers.

Like I say, slight pedantry, so I hope you won't take offense. :)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Morville O'Driscoll on 13th August 2014 10:03pm

Posted:3 months ago

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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic

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Yup, indeed it's a violation of ToS. But Amazon's digital sales reps have specifically promoted their deals to consumers outside of the US, and Nuuvem sourced Rest of World Dead Island keys for buyers outside of Brazil. Both situations amount to the sellers condoning selling keys to foreigners, regardless of their own ToS. :)

Posted:3 months ago

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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing

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You are barking up the wrong tree here concerning the legality. if you look at a site such as dlcompare, then the shops being compared can be in Germany, in Poland, in Belize, it does not matter. To the consumer, the location is invisible. but the payment processing works, delivery is instant and the PC games are cheap.

Even if some agency entrusted with measuring the gross games industry product tracks all that, then how should data be interpreted. Less revenue, yes, but also less of the players' money is spend keeping retailers in business. In the digital age, publishers seem to be doing fine with less money spent on games, as long as it affects the bottom line of retailers, not publishers.

The whole "only if you live in the U.S." is more of a matter of "tax deducted at source" (German: Quellensteuer). Many countries have those and either Amazon has to live with the fact of not getting all your German money, or you effectively tell a lie.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Klaus Preisinger on 14th August 2014 8:38am

Posted:3 months ago

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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic

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It doesn't matter, if there is a way to find out you violate the Terms of Use, just because there isn't it doesn't make it legal.
Surely having a rep posting in a forum that details how to violate the ToS, and having that rep post deals and encourage consumers violate the ToS, amounts to the company waiving the ToS?

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=480502

("Amazon Video Gamer" was the guy in charge of digital sales on Amazon, until he got promoted.)

Also, it's very easy for Amazon to get a rough idea on how many foreigners buy from them: most outside-US purchasers use either Google's Mountain View address, or some address in the 90210 area code. :)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Morville O'Driscoll on 14th August 2014 10:34am

Posted:3 months ago

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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic

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Well, the fact that he posted deals in the thread, and didn't tell anyone (including the OP) to remove the circumvent-ToS info, is tacit approval for the thread and details. *shrugs* Anyways, this is pretty off-topic now, so.... Yeah. :)

Posted:3 months ago

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