Sony confirms that the PlayStation 4 console has now sold over 30.2 million since its November 2013 launch, demonstrating the “fastest growth in PlayStation history”.
Since it launched in November 2013, the Sony PlayStation 4 has had an unprecedented level of sales success, with sales so high that even Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida once saying that he is “a bit nervous” doesn’t “completely understand” why the sales are happening. During the company’s latest financial report, Sony revealed that the PS4 had almost hit 30 million units shipped but in an announcement from the company today, Sony says that the PS4 has now sold through over 30.2 million units worldwide.
Those 30.2 million+ PS4 sales include all of the consoles sold through from its launch in November 2013 until November 22, 2015. Given that sold through figures include the number of units sold to customers, the actual number of PS4 units in the wild (including those on retailer shelves) could be a lot higher. Sony also says that “PS4 continues to demonstrate the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history”, while Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., adds that the company is “sincerely grateful that gamers across the globe have continued to choose PS4 as the best place to play since launch two years ago”.
Moving forward, it may not be too long until Sony is reporting that the PS4 has sold even 35 million units or more. Not only should all of the Black Friday discounts help to move more PS4 units, but in February there’s the debut of PS4 console exclusive Street Fighter 5 which will soon be followed up by mega blockbuster Uncharted 4: A Thief‘s End in March. Also scattered throughout the year are the likes of No Man’s Sky (June 2016) and dino-mech RPG Horizon Zero Dawn which seemingly everyone was hyped for following its debut at E3 2015.
This will make it even harder for Sony’s competitors to catch up. The Nintendo Wii U (which went on sale before the PS4 or the Xbox One) only reached the ’10 million units sold’ milestone a few months ago, which perhaps explains why Nintendo is gearing up to release new game system, the NX. And Microsoft hasn’t released Xbox One sales figures since last year and despite the console’s fortunes looking up as of late (the Xbox One beat the PS4’s October sales thanks to Halo 5), the company has said that moving forward, it will no longer report console sales.
Source: The Verge
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