PS4 Hits 5.3 Million Sales Worldwide; Japanese Launch Still to Come

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PS4 Console Review

Over the next year, gamers are likely to be hit with a lot of sales numbers, as both Sony and Microsoft tout the accomplishments of their respective consoles. While sales tallies are not always glamorous, it’s been more than 7 years since the last major consoles launched to tremendous success, and therefore these companies want to get out there and toot their horn, so to speak.

The latest accomplishment for Sony’s PlayStation 4, however, is a big one. Sony’s next-gen console has sold through more than 5.3 million units since its launch on November 15, 2013.

While some companies like to use the term sold in place of “shipped to retailers,” sold through means there are close to 5.3 million PS4 consoles in gamers’ hands. This is according to estimates procured by Sony in North America and Latin America since the consoles’s launch on the 15th, and estimates collected from Europe and Asia starting on the 29th.

What’s more impressive about the sales number for PS4 is that the console has yet to hit its native Japan. The PS4 will finally hit Japanese shores in less than a week, on February 22nd.

Rather than a simultaneous worldwide launch like the Xbox One, Sony decided to pursue the battleground markets of North America and Europe in order to get the best leg up on Microsoft that they could. And boy did they.

Sony’s Andrew House had this to say about the PS4’s latest sales milestone:

“I am thrilled that so many customers around the globe have continued to select PS4 as the best place to play throughout and beyond the holiday season. We are delighted that according to the NPD Group’s latest data, PS4 was January’s top-selling console in the United States. The PS4 system’s momentum just keeps growing stronger, and we are extremely grateful for the continued passion and support of PlayStation® fans. February 22 sees the launch of PS4 in Japan, and I’m looking forward to Japanese fans sharing the excitement of the deep social capabilities and entertainment experiences only possible on PS4.”

So, with the PS4 already making huge waves within its first 90 days or so, Sony is poised to make a huge splash in 2014 as a whole. We will have to wait and see whether Wedbush Morgan’s prediction of 12 million PS4s sold by year’s end is true, but Sony is certainly off to a huge start. And, if the PS4 can sell even half as well in Japan as it did during its first 24 hours in North America, then the sky is practically the limit.

Were you one of the 5.3 million that picked up a PS4 in the last three months? Where do you think sales numbers will end up by the end of the year?

Source: Sony

TAGS: PS4, Sony

  • Fizzystrings

    Mine arrives tomorrow, I’m so pumped!

  • Jeffrey

    Worldwide launch like Xbox One? Battlegrounds for PS4? Not sure what world you have been living in. PS4 launched in 28 countries so far, while Xbox One has only launched in 13. Neither has launched in Japan yet. This is why PS4 has been hard to find and has sold more so far. Sony spread themselves thin to launch in 28 countries and take the early lead, while MS only launched XB1 in 13 countries to make sure they didn’t have shortages in US & UK. Anyway, this is a great accomplishment for Sony and I expect both PS4 and XB1 to sell great in the long run. Especially after XB1 launches in the rest of those 28 countries where PS4 has already launched.

    • COREY_1993

      XO launched in all the important areas. Ps4 still needs to launch in its biggest region, asia. you cant tell me that the xo isnt doing as well because its not in as many areas as ps4. the places where the 360 was doing better than ps3 (us and uk),the ps4 is outselling the xo there.

      the 360 only did as good as it did was because it came first and sony screwed up in the first year with the prices. also ps3 has now sole more than the 360.

      • Jeffrey

        I did tell you that, and will continue to do so. Mark my words, when XB1 launches in the rest of those 28 countries the gap will begin to close. Stop being a Sony tool for a second and look at the bigger picture.

      • Jeffrey

        I did tell you that, and will continue to do so. Mark my words, when XB1 launches in the rest of those 28 countries the gap will begin to close. Stop being a Sony boy scout for a second and look at the bigger picture.

  • Daniel Carlson

    What would make an interesting article is the comparison between xb1 and ps4 versus the wii u in terms of game availability, first year releases and the promise of triple a titles influencing sales. I guess how much of a better situation would nintendo be in if they were able to deliver on all the promises they made while also garnering support from third party developers during the last year? how do you think the numbers would compare? it’s tough to say but interesting none the less.

  • Hudson

    That’s a great feat for sony, but ur implying that the ps4 is only in the US, while the xbox has been released “worldwide”. It’s actually 28 countries(ps4) vs 13(x1)

    • COREY_1993

      just kinda proves that xo was rushed huh… i also remember ms shortened the list for where the console was being released.
      ps4 still needs to release in asia…