The PlayStation 4 has officially sold just over 1 million units in the UK (and 10 million worldwide), according to Sony. This spectacular feat makes the PS4 the second fastest-selling console ever in the country, just behind Nintendo’s Wii (which made it in 38 weeks rather than 39).
Fergal Gara, the current head of Sony UK told Eurogamer that the sales were based on official Chart-Track data and that the sales were through to customers, not just shipped units. This makes it far and away the fastest-selling Sony console, as the PS3 took 46 weeks to hit the milestone and the PS2 took 50. (For comparison, the Xbox 360 took 60.)
Gara went on to add that the PS4 sales were “significantly” ahead of expectations, and while there may have been supply issues leading for the first six months of the console’s life cycle, he doesn’t anticipate any more shortages going forward.
“Our biggest problem last Christmas was our forecasts were more modest at the time when we started calling things like manufacturing capacity,” he said. “So while the team did a brilliant job of getting us more than we thought we would need at Christmas, it still wasn’t enough. We started with a forecast. We saw pre-orders coming through. We increased the forecast. We got most of that volume but not enough, and the demand just kept going. It was only April when we started to catch the demand. So in short, way ahead. I’m expecting both a very strong sales Christmas and healthy volumes this Christmas. I don’t anticipate any consumer problems.”