PS4 Global Sales Top 2.1 Million
When the eagerly anticipated Playstation 4 burst onto the scene in North America on November 15th, it sold north of an unprecedented one million units in just 24 hours. Just one week later Microsoft's Xbox One was launched and managed to replicate the feat- albeit across thirteen countries. The next phase of PS4's launch took place this past weekend, encompassing Europe, Australasia and Latin America, and helped the new machine pass another significant milestone.
Sony Computer Entertainment's CEO Andrew House announced that sales have already surpassed a frankly jaw-dropping 2.1 million worldwide:
It’s an impressive and record-setting accomplishment for our company and for our industry, and we couldn’t have done it without you. I want to personally thank PlayStation fans, both old and new, for your vote of confidence. The best part: the PS4 journey has just begun. In addition to an incredible lineup of PS4 games from the best developers in the world, we will continue to introduce valuable new features and services to PS4 in the months and years ahead.
This gives the Japanese firm a considerable lead over the Xbox One, and all before even launching in their home country. Figures from the UK suggest that Sony sold more than 250 thousand units in the first 48 hours on sale there, making it the country's fastest ever selling console .
Xbox One may be lagging behind, but it's sales are still nothing to be sniffed at. When you consider the XBO's significantly higher price, and the large amount of negative press surrounding the machine post E3, it's only all the more impressive. But Sony's cheaper, sleeker console is already a legitimate phenomenon.
Only time will tell if the two consoles will be able to maintain the early momentum, and this essentially comes down to one thing: and that's the games themselves.