Remember when I told you yesterday that Microsoft had crossed an impressive milestone – managing 3 million units sold by the end of December 2013. Well, I predicted that we’d hear Sony’s sales numbers as the tit-for-tat continues, and that’s a big tit, or is it tat?
During Sony’s keynote address at Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Andrew House announced that as of 28 December, 4.2 million PlayStation 4s had been sold through to consumers. Back in September, House said that the plan was to sell 5 million PS4s by the end of the fiscal year, which is March 2014; with 4.2 already in the bag they are well on their way to exceeding that goal. Perhaps he was right when he predicted that the PS4 would exceed the PS3 in sales. Both PS3 and Xbox 360 sold have sold about 80 million units worldwide, but PS3 only managed to sell 3.6 million consoles in the first year. Sony’s new console is off to a much stronger start, and may very well exceed everyone’s expectations.
Additionally, Sony has announced that 9.7 million PS4 games have sold across physical and digital distribution and PS Plus subscriptions are up 90% worldwide. Of course PS Plus subscriptions have climbed – not only is it an awesome service, it’s also necessary for anyone who wants to play online. So it makes sense that people are jumping on the PS Plus bandwagon to get some cool free games each month, and also play with others.
Either way you cut it, PS4 and Xbox One are showing fantastic sales figures. With just over a month of availability, there are over 7 million “next gen” consoles in people’s homes. That’s an amazing start. Both consoles are doing well and the market is growing. I just wish the poor Wii U would do even half as well.
Last Updated: January 8, 2014