Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. announced today that they have sold more than 6 million PS4s in 57 countries worldwide since its launch less than 4 months ago. 370,000 of these sales have been in Japan since the console’s launch in its home country 12 days ago.
They also announced that users have fully embraced everything their system has to offer; with software sales hitting 13.7 million units, 100 million shares captured and more than 56 million Spectate Sessions run, Sony feel that they have “rapidly popularised a new way to enjoy social interaction through gaming”. Sony are particularly proud that more than half of PS4 users now subscribe to Playstation Plus, using that fact to demonstrate how popular their service is; however, the fact that you can only play online if you own a PS4 subscription skews the data on how popular the service actually is.
To date, there are over 30 titles available for the PS4, with the 13.7 million sales representing both digital downloads and store-bought games. The best selling titles at the moment include Killzone: Shadow Fall at over 2.1 million units worldwide, Knack, Call of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA 14, Battlefield 4 and Assassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag. Indie game sales have also made an impact, with titles such as Contrast, Warframe and Don’t Starve: Console Edition being highly acclaimed by PS4 gamers.
The newly-joined Japanese gamers are proving the latest installments of popular franchises popular, with massive sales of Dynasty Warriors 8, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and Ryu-ga-gotoku Ishin!.
This current level of success is a big morale boost for Sony, in light of recent events. The PS4’s games portfolio will continue to expand over the coming months with highly anticipated titles such as Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Kingdom Hearts III, Destiny, Watch Dogs, The Witness, #DRIVECLUB, The Order 1886 and the console favorite, inFamous: Second Son. Sony are hoping that these titles will further boost console sales, with several of the above being exclusive to the Sony hardware.
“I am absolutely delighted that PS4 is off to such a great start in Japan,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “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 utilizing 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.”
This milestone means that Sony has finally beaten their national rival, Nintendo, in sales. The Wii U has only shipped 5.86 million units as of February 2014, despite having an extra year to sell their system, compared to Sony. While Microsoft have not released recent sales figures to compare this with, at last count Microsoft had sold 3 million Xbox One consoles across the 13 countries they serve. Perhaps we will hear from Microsoft following the release of the Titanfall console bundle this month, which drops the console price to a figure almost rivaling the PS4’s.