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Crikey, PS4 Sales Have Now Surpassed 7 Million Units Worldwide

Posted by Sammy Barker

The thirst is real

Fiction is fast becoming fact, as it seems that nothing can derail the PlayStation 4 hype train. It’s been little over a month since Sony announced that it had sold 6 million next-gen consoles worldwide, but it’s now bumped that number up to 7 million units, which is absolutely outrageous when you consider that it’s only been available for some five months or so. The numbers are accurate as of 6th April, and represent systems sold to consumers, so there are no shipped shenanigans going on here.

“The response from the global gaming community for the PS4 has been overwhelming, and we are truly humbled that gamers are selecting it as their console of choice,” said a chuffed Andrew House, who’s president of the PlayStation division. “The PS4 journey has just begun, and although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers, and surpassing the wildest expectations of gamers by delivering new user experiences that inspire and engage.”

While the hardware numbers are impressive, the software statistics aren’t too shabby either. The manufacturer states that more than 20.5 million games have been sold as of 13th April, up from the 13.7 million recorded in March. Moreover, the vaunted share button has been pushed over 135 million times to date, with more than 4.9 million gameplay sessions broadcast via sites such as Twitch and Ustream. And don’t think that the platform holder’s going to rest on its laurels either, because that new firmware update is coming “very soon”. Celebrate good times.


User Comments (19)



Jazzer94 said:

Nice but they need to work on Japan a lot and quickly.
Anyway good job can't wait till E3.



rjejr said:

Oh yeah,

obligatory, poor Wii U comment, which it has probbaly now surpassed. MK8 should help out though. Too bad SSB may be too late.



kensredemption said:

@rjejr I'd rather you make a statement like that about the XBO. Microsoft has earned more ire and animosity than Nintendo.



larry_koopa said:

Imagine what sales will be like once the system actually has a decent software library. I'll jump onboard once the system has some games that I actually want to own - and hopefully by then the price will be lower as well (I live in Canada and the price recently went up by $50). I can wait.

Still, this news does make me very happy. Return of the king, indeed.



Boxmonkey said:

Wow I didn't expect them to sell quite so quickly as they have. I'll be picking one up towards the end of the year



rjejr said:

@kensredemption - "I'd rather you make a statement like that about the XBO."

I don't have much use for nor do I really follow X1, but it came out at the same time and is $100 more expensive (in the US, I know world markets vary) so the PS4 having a lead of whatever size at the mment isn' to great interest to me.

The Wii U has been out for a full year longer and costs $100 less w/ 1 1/2 games in the box (Mario and Luigi DLC) so I think it's notable that PS4 has already surpassed it in sales. And the Wii U may get grief for a weak software line-up but it's better than PS4. Hasn't helped sales much though. Nor did a price drop.

So I think outselling a console w/ a cheaper price and 1 year head start is more notable than outselling a system that launched at the same time w/ a $100 more expensive price.



rjejr said:

@Unca_Lz - "too late"

SSB may be too late to save the Wii U. By save I mean get the Wii U headed in an upward selling trajectory, on it's way to 50 mil. 50mil being my arbitrary round # point for which it isn't a flop, seeing as its the follow-up to the 100mil Wii.

And seeing as how "Winter 2014" is such an odd release date, I dont see it coming out until 2015. by which point 50mil 3DS owners will already have a copy. And PS4 should have some games. Considering how well it' sselling w/o any games I can only imagine how well it will sell with games. And X1 will have a price drop. And Google may have a gaming box, and fireTV may be selling. MK8 alone wont save Wii U. The 6mil peopel who own a Wii U will buy, and maybe another mil or so will buy a Wii U for MK8, but it would have sold much better if SSB was out on Wii U "Summer 2014" and the 3DS version was "Winter 2014".



Gamer83 said:


Wii U's biggest problem, ironically, is also it's biggest strength... Nintendo. It does have the best lineup (this could change quickly if Sony decides to get its first-party act together) now but it took a year for Nintendo finally start pumping out the games. It also does not help that Nintendo has done a piss poor job of advertising and explaining what Wii U is. And the Wii, despite being a gret console from 2006-2010 had an absolutely dreadful last two years with only Zelda: Skyward Sword, Xenoblade and The Last Story being worth mentioning in 2011-12. So Nintendo also hurt its own image a little bit with the way it ended last gen. That said there is a lot to like about the Wii U and I'd recommend the system to any gamer but Nintendo has done a bad job getting the message out and there's still people who think it's nothing more than an add-on for Wii. I haven't been impressed with Sony's lack of marketing for PS4 games but it has advertised the console itself pretty damn well and it has a good price point. I'm interested to see what happens once the real must-owns start coming out.



rjejr said:

@Gamer83 - "I'm interested to see what happens once the real must-owns start coming out."

I'm interested in seeing some real must owns coming out

Feels like an off year for videogames as a whole to me. Admittedly I'm not too interested in X1 so there could be a ton coming out on that I'm not aware of, but Sammy would let us know the big stuff like Titanfall, which is already out, so that's off the calendar.

Last year had so much big stuff, Last of Us, B2Souls, GoW:A, GT6 all on the passe` PS3. And some game called Grand Theft Auto. And Disney Infinity had it's big unveil to rival Skylanders. And I was personally psyched for Super Mario.

This year has the delayed W_D, which seems to lose momentum by the day. Another AC and Batman. Mario Kart 8. (Wii U won't see SSB in 2014). The Order. Destiny. Just feels like that first year lull for the new systems, and a severe lack of 3rd party support for Wii U.

Hopefully E3 will change all that, but ATM I just feel like I'm slowly sinking in a sea of indies. (Indies are fun to play, but they don't get me excited pre-release.)



TheLZdragon said:

@rjejr Last I checked, most Nintendo games on the Wii U have sold at least 1-2 million copies, which is a milestone considering the small install base and the fact that some companies WISH they had those numbers on any system these days

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