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PS4 sales pass 5 million ahead of Japanese console launch

Tuesday, 18th February 2014 08:29 GMT By Dave Cook

PlayStation 4 sales have rocketed past the 5 million mark, ahead of the console’s release in Japan on February 22.

It follows confirmation that Sony will live-stream its PS4 Japan launch event on Friday night, and will see industry figures such as Shuhei Yoshida and Hideo Kojima talking about the console and more.

Eurogamer reports that Sony announced the milestone this morning, with global PS4 sales now sitting at 5.3 million. It launched here in Europe on November 29.

The site adds that Sony projected 5 million PS4 sales before the end of this current financial year, which expires on March 31. It’s currently ahead of target, and is expected to sell out once the console launches in Japan this Saturday.

In a statement; Sony Computer Entertainment boss Andrew House said, “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.”

As of January 24, Microsoft confirms global Xbox One sales of 3.9 million. The company has yet to update its numbers, but it will be interesting to see how the two machines stack up.

What’s your take on the above?

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10 Comments

  1. Dragon

    @Dave,
    Some additional info-
    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/playstation4-sales-surpass-53-million-units-worldwide-245922801.html

    The number is as of February 8th 2014, so around 10 days old.

    #1 7 months ago
  2. Rockstar Vienna

    Wow, good job Sony!

    #2 7 months ago
  3. The_Red

    @Dragon It’s really insane how they were “hoping” for 5 million by March. It’s already past that by Feb 8th BEFORE Japanese launch? Yes, they are almost on route to PS2 levels of success (If they can keep their momentum).

    #3 7 months ago
  4. Dragon

    @The_Red,
    Agreed. And its tracking way ahead of Wii, which had a great 2-3 year period, and that too without Japan.
    That said, I doubt it will do much better in Japan than, say, PS3. The demographics has changed there. Although its definitely en route to over 100 million till it finishes, and also has this gen on lockdown.
    Fun fact, PS4 has outsold X1+Wii U combined.

    #4 7 months ago
  5. Sadismek

    Bravo to them. I can’t wait to see what new games will come up for this, as The Order 1886 and inFamous TS aren’t enough to justify buying the PS4 for me, yet. A new Uncharted, coupled with a sequel to The Last of Us and some new, fresh IPs would probably seal the deal for me. All those, or a new Red Dead Redemption :P.

    #5 7 months ago
  6. mistermogul

    Guys check out The Order gameplay vid now – http://www.worldsfactory.net/2014/02/18/order-1886-merges-cg-gameplay-visuals-ps4

    Looks sweet!

    #6 7 months ago
  7. OlderGamer

    Good, glad to see it. The consoles space needed a shake up, and MS needs a wake up call.

    #7 7 months ago
  8. super3001

    Lot of brand loyalty from sheeps for console with bad launch games. Sad to see.

    #8 7 months ago
  9. fearmonkey

    Good Job Sony, as OG said….Ms needs a wake up call.

    #9 7 months ago
  10. OneLifeCycle

    But can it switch to cable TV seamlessly?

    Game/Set/Match, Sony. Obviously this is what gamers have always wanted!!!

    “XBox, watch Jerry Springer.”

    #10 7 months ago

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