The year of 2013 saw more than a handful of analysts claim that the mobile market was becoming the new way forward and that console gaming was as dead in the water as a sick, blubbering fish. But 2014 is proving that this is untrue and that the console gaming sector is not only alive and kicking, but it is also something to write to the press about.
The new lease on life given to consoles is beefed up by the release of the next generation consoles, the PS4 and the Xbox One, and as the former takes on another gaming territory, its home country of Japan, no one knows his quite as well as Sony. Not only does Sony know how well the PS4 is doing, the company is also incredibly keen to show it off, announcing that their brand new console has now officially sold over 6 million units worldwide, an increase from 5.3 million units sold just a few weeks ago.
Having launched in 57 countries, across North America, Europe and Asia, some are attributing the success to strength in numbers, stating that by logic, the PS4 is selling so well due to the sheer number of places that it’s available in, but despite critique of the numbers, John Koller, the VP of Marketing at SCEA (Sony Computer Entertainment) stated in a post on the PlayStation Blog that
“It’s truly humbling to see the rate at which gamers across the globe are choosing PS4 as their next gen console of choice. Even more exciting is what happens when gamers power up their PS4s.”
One region in particular that is embracing the PS4 with open arms is Japan, Sony’s home country, which saw the console launch in the territory to sales of over 300,000 units in just two days, sales somewhat boosted by the allure of popular titles like the Japanese language action RPG (and PS4 exclusive), Yakuza: Ishin, which is a new edition to SEGA’s long running franchise. Indeed, Sony’s PS4 sales here may just be the tip of the iceberg as rumours also suggest that the console’s closest competitor, the Microsoft Xbox One, isn’t set to launch in the region due to past examples of poor Xbox sales, meaning that Sony has a chance to increase that ‘6 million units sold’ figure even more.
Some additional highlights Sony presented today:
- 13.7 million units of software have been sold via digital and retail – more than two per console on average.
- 370,000 PlayStation 4 consoles have been sold in Japan.
- The official PlayStation App has been installed on over 3.6 million devices.
- The PS4 controller’s Share button has been used for over 100 million shares.
Furthermore, it also seems that hardware units are not the only way that Sony would like their revenue to get ahead, with the PS4 also bringing with it strong digital stats, with recent reports suggesting that PlayStation Plus subscriptions (PS Plus is the service that gives PS4 players access to online multiplayer gaming) have almost in comparison to subscriptions on the PS3. Too, Koller also wrote in the blog post that “In the United States, more than 90% of PS4s are online”, with many of those buying subscriptions, digital games and add-ons, meaning that in both the digital and physical space, as the PS4 extends its reach across the globe, Sony’s good run of sales is only set continue.