PlayStation 4 sales reach 5.3 million
posted on 02.18.14 at 06:11 AM EDT by (@salromano)
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PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 has cumulatively sold through more than 5.3 million units around the world as of February 8, Sony Computer Entertainment announced.

That means the system moved an additional 1.1 million units since December 28, when it was reported sales reached 4.2 million.

“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,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment. “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.”

In related news, PlayStation 4 system firmware 1.61 is now live. It is a minor, but mandatory update that improves system stability.

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  • TetsuyaHikari

    I can’t wait to see how many sell in Japan~

    • RyoonZ

      444.444 LOL
      Serious answer 300-400k maybe.

      • MogCakes

        I’m sure there would be a nervous celebration at Sony HQ if their units sold was all 4’s :p

        • RyoonZ

          Remember when people say Sony won’t name PS4 a PS4 because of implication of death? Hehe

  • RyoonZ

    Did you see that Japan?
    A storm is coming toward east, now brace yourself and make some JRPG, Legend of Dragoon 2, Dark Cloud 3, Valkyria Chronicles 4, a JRPG, Disgaea 5, Suikoden 6, Tekken 7, Ys 8, Did I mention JRPG?

    • Budgiecat

      Japan: “Look! I just caught another new monster on Puzzle & Dragons!”

      • MogCakes

        This is true and makes me very, very sad.

  • Pyrofrost

    I’m going to be optimistic and expect at least 500k units moved in Japan for week 1

    • natalieyan

      i think the sales number will depends on the stock units.
      it will be sold out in the first week for sure.

      • Pyrofrost

        Yeah, this is true. I would expect them to have well over 500k in stock units across Japan retailers and online stores.

    • crimsonidol

      My prediction:
      250k units in the first week –> on the same level as markets like UK or Germany.

      • Zackasaur

        Japan is much more gamer-dense than the UK and Germany are. It’s the most gamer-dense state in the world.

  • Stealth

    PS4 is off to an amazing start, but its going to slow down according to the analysts. You cannot sustain this super level.

    • Budgiecat

      I gave you a downvote because I care

  • bloodiOS

    When it launches in Japan, the PS4 might just be able to surpass the Wii U’s number (5.9M now, I think.)

    • Zackasaur

      When I last checked, the Wii U was at 5.7 million.

      So, yeah, I expect the PS4 to surpass that pretty quickly. Japan will buy all the PS4s Sony produce for launch, so it’s really up to Sony’s manufacturing at this point.

  • Stealth

    For me the more concerning thing is X1, it could not keep pace with PS4 at this initial stage

    • Zackasaur

      The Xbone seems to be at about 3.4 million globally so far, and it is no longer having major supply issues. This indicates that demand is not much higher than that right now.

      The PS4 has hit 5.3 million sold, but the supply issues are still pretty intense, which means new units produced are likely to sell quickly.

      It’s not an especially pretty picture for Microsoft right now (though they’re doing better than the Wii U week-by-week so far), but sometimes you reap what you sow.

      • Stealth

        I dont take much stock in the races as 3DS is kicking everyones butt lol. But I hope PS4 continues to sell well.

        • Zackasaur

          That’s pretty irrelevant, not only because of differing markets, but because of the vast difference in time span.

          • MogCakes

            It’s Stealth, yo.

            • Zackasaur

              I had the fortune of not knowing him until now. lol

        • AdachiTohru

          Not at all, PS4 sels much better than 3DS every week since 2014, and this is without jjapan release and with supply issues

          • Stealth

            1) Speak English
            2) That isnt true.

            • AdachiTohru

              Show me a proof it’s not true, me, i can show you VGC . ( or NPD if VGC is not enough reliable for you -_- )
              Dont deny facts.

        • MogCakes

          Yo dude! I didn’t know you frequented Gematsu. Have an upvote just because.

  • artemisthemp

    Infamous Second Son (First PS4 exclusive past launch) is not even out and PS4 Japan first get theirs Saturday day and yet Sony have manage to End of March goal.

  • new_tradition

    I remember reading the PS4 was being sold at a loss, so while 5.3 million is an impressive number (especially when you consider that at least that many people were ready to move on to 8th gen), when did the hardware start to make actual profit?

    I’m not being snarky, I’m legitimately asking. Does anyone know?

    In regards to having more sales than the Xbone, the PS4 was the cheaper console between the two in all regions, right? So I imagine that had a factor *shrugs*

    I’m not sure what the sales in Japan will be. I think more people are likely to buy the systems for games they want. For example, I’d be interested to see the break down with Yakuza Ishin between PS3 and PS4 sales.

    As for me, I admit I wasn’t desiring a PS4. If games I like continue to come out on PS3 (which appears to be the case), I’ll be buying those and probably not get a PS4 until the game I really want for it is out (likely FFXV because I’m predictable like that, lol)

    • bloodiOS

      Well, I remember them saying that if they will recoup the cost when the player buys at least one game and subscribes for PS+.

      • hush404

        Yep, heard that from them too.

    • Zackasaur

      Sony always sell their gaming hardware at a loss, though the PS4’s loss is a lot smaller than the PS3’s. Whether or not the PS4’s loss is more than the Vita’s, we do not know.

      However, Sony have said that they can recover that loss through PS+, games, etc. That is probably quite true, since that IS their business model in the end of the day.

      This is sort of like how Amazon and Google sell Kindle and Nexus tablets at a loss in order to get them into your hands. Once you have the device, you then start buying their software, cases, chargers, etc.

  • bloodiOS

    Say, didn’t Andrew House said at last TGS that they aim to sell 5 million units by the end of the fiscal year 2013, so this pretty much surpassed their own forecast, didn’t it?

    • Zackasaur

      They crushed it. lol

      They’re over 5.3 million now, before the Japanese launch… So 5 million by 31 March is long gone. At this rate, they’ll at least be over 6 million by then.

      • AdachiTohru

        I think you wanted to say 8M

        • Zackasaur

          Haha, I said “at least,” so I get to be cautious with my numbers. :P

          Right now, Sony are selling every PS4 they can make (whereas, the Wii U and Xbone are both rather easy to find on store shelves). As a result of this, I think PS4 sales numbers are mostly contingent on how many units Sony can produce and get to the public.

          The obvious question is: How many units will Sony be able to get into Japan for launch?

          • AdachiTohru

            at least, 300k for the launch day , and even without japan, PS4 will reach 6M at the end of the month , so with Japan, it will reach 6,4M by 8 March, and more than 7M by 31 March.

            8M is impossible, but PS4 used to break impossible records :p

    • Guest

      >Andrew House

      ….That wouldn’t to be the same Homestuck creator, Andrew House?

      • bloodiOS

        Pretty sure the guy’s name is Andrew Hussie.

  • Bobby Jennings

    This is great. The more sales, the more developers that will flock to the PS4.

    It’s going to be a great year for PS4 owners.

  • DarthNemesis

    I remember when people doubted Sony and thought the PS3 would not be a success. Then they doubted the PS4 and only 3 months over 5 million sold without Japan. Don’t every doubt the PlayStation again you haters.

    • 罪罰

      they lost so much with the ps3 though

      • MogCakes

        Yeah they lost the dominance completely. 7th gen politics was interesting to watch to say the least. Sony lost it’s edge, Nintendo struck lightning but cornered themselves into the ‘casual console’ for many people and lost mindshare, MS brought the Xbox brand to fame, and from the middle to the end PC gaming regained it’s dominance.

  • Samsara09

    boy,this is quite frightening…the console doesn’t have any behemoth console seller released yet and it is pratically printing money.Sony created a monster.

  • Elvick

    Happy for PlayStation.