PlayStation 4 sales top seven million worldwide
posted on 04.16.14 at 06:09 PM EDT by (@salromano)
And over 20.5 million PS4 games have been sold.

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PlayStation 4 hardware sales have sold through more than seven million units worldwide as of April 6, Sony Computer Entertainment announced.

Software sales for PlayStation 4 games have topped 20.5 million sales as of April 13.

Additional stats include:

  • Over 135 million shares have been captured via the PlayStation 4 “Share” feature.
  • Over 4.9 million gameplay broadcasts have been shared via video streaming platforms.
  • There has been over 90 million broadcast spectate sessions.

PlayStation 4 is currently available in 72 countries and regions.

“The response from the global gaming community for PS4 has been overwhelming and we are truly humbled that gamers are selecting PS4 as their next generation console of choice,” said Sony Computer Entertainment President and Group CEO Andrew House.

“The PS4 journey has just begun, and although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers, and surpassing the wildest expectations of gamers by delivering new user experiences that inspire and engage. We look forward to unveiling many of these experiences to our fans in the coming months.”

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  • Zackasaur

    The PS4 remains the fastest selling console of all time. o_o

    Crazy.

    • MrRobbyM

      The hype for it is unbelievable.

      • Zackasaur

        It really is. I’m happy to see a true “gamer’s console” winning out. Listening to the core is paying off for them, and that’s good for all of us.

        • DeadnBuried

          Absolutely agreed. It’s great to see Sony get rewarded for supporting the hardcore audience that so often gets abandoned for the latest casual fad.

        • rurifan

          I preordered the PS4 the day it was announced just because they finally figured this out.

          It’s nice to play games that aren’t making obvious compromises to function on lame hardware.

    • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

      Actually it isnt anymore. At least in Japan.

      • AdamBoy64

        What overtook it?

        • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

          Almost everything. Even Wii U for the first 6 weeks is outtracking PS4.

          Console sales are stagnant in Japan

          • AdamBoy64

            Hmmm, I see. That is interesting. PS4 is the fastest selling worldwide, except in it’s native land.

            • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

              Basically. I know it is in UK, I do not think it is in US taking into account you could not find Wii systems for 2 years.

              • Zackasaur

                Wii systems were produced more slowly, though. The supply was lower.

                I should check on US-specific numbers for Wii vs. PS4. That would be interesting.

            • rurifan

              Japan’s population is skewed towards an older demographic, so the entire game industry is suffering. Compound that with other social issues (less time at home, less big TVs) and you end up with the current shift away from console gaming.

              • Budgiecat

                those social issues aren’t anything new: Japan has always been a perfectionist/workaholic/rarely home/small room=small tv country.

                the only thing changed currently is

                1)smartphones
                2)More Japanese mainstream public looking down on Otakus/Hikikkomori’s (which the game industry is pandering more to), while Western mainstream has learned to accept gaming culture more…
                3)Less up and coming game designer young talent
                4)Older game developers leaving companies
                5)Recession
                6)HD gaming making development more expensive
                7)Bad business decisions from higher ups at major publishers

                • rurifan

                  From what I’ve read, the aging population issue is the largest factor that is new.

                  • Zackasaur

                    I actually think Budgie is more on point.

                    The aging population matters, but it mostly matters because it is hurting the economy. It’s not a matter of the market of gamers shrinking that much due to aging.

                    • rurifan

                      I looked for the article which cited demographics as a major factor, and found half a dozen articles claiming different reasons for the death (or proclaiming the rebirth of) of the japanese game market. So yeah, lots of takes I guess.

                      What we need is to get all those old japanese gamers on kickstarter so they can channel their nostalgia money into some good games. :)

                    • Zackasaur

                      The Japanese indie scene is of a very different character than the western one, right now. I think the Japanese one could use a renaissance of its own, like what the west has experienced in the past few years. c:

                  • Budgiecat

                    Well think about it; handheld gaming has been popular for +20 years there with mobile gaming popular for the past 10 years not to mention PSP and NDS came out 10 years ago as well, so if you were +10 years old in Japan in 2004, now you’re an adult used to primarily playing handheld games and now mobile gaming; thus maybe even ignoring console gaming altogether. Let’s not forget the casual non gamers Nintendo pulled in for the Wii, who have abandoned them for smartphone gaming..(both East and West)…

          • Zackasaur

            Yeah, console gaming is simply smaller right now in Japan than it was previously.

            I expect the PS4 to have more long-term success in Japan than I expect for the Wii U, however. This is largely due to the PS4’s inevitable games advantage.

      • Zackasaur

        No, it definitely is. Worldwide. By a very large margin (over 1.5m ahead of the Wii, the previous record holder).

        • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

          Says who? I have not been able to find the records. Also Wii was supply constrained for 3 years.

          PS4 no longer is.

          • rurifan

            It’s great to read how feeble your excuses are, trying to deny Sony’s PS4 success. Keep trying, platform troll.

            • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

              Sorry I do not respond to trolls, especially ones that create fake alts to troll.

              • Zackasaur

                I just checked Rurifan’s account. It seems to go back pretty far and to have a lot of comments. That doesn’t look like an alt to me.

                • rurifan

                  Indeed, but I figured pointing out the obvious would be wasted on him. He’s too busy ineffectually trying to spin the PS4’s succes negatively.

                  • Zackasaur

                    Now that I’ve looked at your comments, I can also safely say that you’re not a “troll.” You’re just opinionated. :P

                    But I didn’t really know how you were at first, so I just decided to check the “alt” claim first.

          • Zackasaur

            PS4 still is constrained. Sony said exactly that when they announced the 7 million. It may not be as badly supply constrained as the Wii was, of course. Nintendo intentionally constrained the Wii using a demand-based market strategy of impulse buyers. It worked really well for the first few years.

            I have doubts that the PS4 can stay ahead of the Wii’s early trajectory forever. I agree on that front. It will have much better legs, though.

            And what do you mean says who? Says Sony and Nintendo. The Wii was well under 6 million at this point in time, which back then made the Wii the fastest selling console of all time. I’m guessing that you don’t keep up with the numbers very much, which is understandable. But you don’t want to make broad claims when you don’t do that.

            • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

              I did not read they said it was constrained. Have not found it but I believe ya.

              PS4 will sell between Wii and PS2 so between 100-150 million, which I think is remarkable. But without the support of Japan, things will be rough for all console totals from now on, not just PS4.

              • Zackasaur

                Now -that- is a statement with which I can agree. c:

                It will be hard for the PS4 to match the PS2’s lifetime sales (even though it is off to a better start) because the PS4 has more legitimate competition than the PS2 ever did.

                • rurifan

                  Competition is good; look what Sony’s PS2-era hubris got us with the garbage PS3. And now Microsoft’s xbox360-fuled hubris…

                  • Zackasaur

                    The weird thing is that the 360 doesn’t have nearly as much reason for hubris as the PS2 did. The PS3 has outsold the 360 worldwide by now, while the PS2 was something like six times what the Gamecube and Xbox combined had sold.

                    I can sort of understand why Sony got tripped up in their own success after the PS2… And I don’t expect that to happen again. But MS and the 360? I don’t think it was hubris, per se. Hubris implies confidence-driven ambition. I think MS just doubted the intelligence of gamers and thought they could lead the flock the way that publishers want.

                    It’s pretty obvious that MS and EA did a lot of cooperating around the Xbox One. They should have cooperated with developers and gamers directly. If they had done that, the PS4 and Xbox One might be engaged in closer competition.

  • DarthBrian

    Congrats Sony!

    lol EA.

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    Congrats, Sony! I’m hoping to have mine in the next few weeks.

    • jujubee88

      Your avy is from FMA, correct?

      • MyBodyIsReady

        Roy Mustang!

        • jujubee88

          I KNEW IT!

          I’ve heard the PSP FMA games were good. I wonder how a PS4 FMA game would do. Seems like a good thing to do, right? ;)

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        Correct.

    • DarkLegacy

      Good luck. Let’s hope sooner than later

  • jujubee88

    I still know a few people who own PS3’s that haven’t bought a PS4, but judging from their console buying habits they will (eventually).

    All things considered WOW!!! O_O

  • MyBodyIsReady

    Get a hyperdimension on this bad boy and watch those sales double! :P

    • DesmaX

      Oh man, just imagine all those streams on twitch

    • jujubee88

      Call me crazy, but I think a low budgeted Project Morpheus+PS4 bundle and a sustained flow of VR experiences Japan can relate to will sell PS4 more than anything else in Japan.

      I get why mobile and hh is big, but VR is one killer app away from blowing up in Japan, specifically. I know OR people feel that VR is one killer app away from taking over the west, but I wager that’s more the case in Japan bc the culture is into massive software adoption and VR might be just as appealing as hh/mobile in some way (for example, VR is a probably the best immersive experience in smaller Japanese homes with small rooms not able to hold big flat screens).

      • Budgiecat

        Hatsune Miku Morpheus PS4 game with hand and finger “virtual touch screen” detection

        • jujubee88

          I remember the devs talking about that. Well, not VR but working on PS4 in general.

          • Budgiecat

            um yeah like..2 weeks ago dude

      • HighBrowDrifter

        GNews: “In recent news, over 1 million Japanese men have succumbed to hyper-nymphomania after using Sony’s brand new virtual reality headset. Hospitals with unused facilities have opened up ‘Otaku-Stations’ in case of genital wreckage. Updates will follow….”

    • DarthBrian

      I think a Final Fantasy and/or Kingdom Hearts would do the same thing. :p

      Remember, FFXV coming December 2014 in Japan. I have predicted it!

      • jujubee88

        I dread to think what would happen to SE if those things don’t sell a lot.

        I wonder the sales expectations for those games are.

        • Zackasaur

          They will sell a lot, and SE market data allows them to have very reasonable/accurate predictions for those particular series.

          • jujubee88

            I’d hope so, but I wonder what the figure actually is.

            SE expected Eidos to sell some crazy figure for Tomb Raider and they didn’t; but I guess that wont be the case this time? IDK

            • Zackasaur

              It won’t be the case this time, because they have good metrics for FF and KH.

              Tomb Raider was a reboot experiment, so it was much harder to predict.

        • Budgiecat

          I know they will sell systems, but I imagine S-E is now holding out longer for Japan’s PS4 user base to reach a certain amount first (currently a little over 500K now).

          I’d imagine minimum 2 to 4 million users….

          • Zackasaur

            Yeah, the PS4 is probably around 530k in Japan right now.

          • rurifan

            I’m not sure Japan matters as much as it used to since even when healthy, the market is much smaller than overseas. (Which is what led them down the dumb westernization route for so long…)

            • Zackasaur

              Japan definitely matters less than it used to. It still matters, though. In addition to contributing to sales more than most individual nations can, strong Japanese software support can also make a difference in the west.

            • Budgiecat

              I’m sure to S-E (while very much global when it comes to FF & KH) and many Japanese centric game publishers, Japan still matters. A lot

      • Solomon_Kano

        > 2014

        I say thee nay.

  • AdamBoy64

    Congratulations to Sony.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what the months ahead have in store, hopefully some games that’ll make more people say, “Man, I should get a PS4.”

    I’m interested to see what ‘new user experiences that inspire and engage’ could be, but really I just want to see more content.

  • LordKaiser

    Would be 7.2 with BC.

    Well let’s see what more the PS4 will bring to the table.

    • Zackasaur

      Well, .2m isn’t anywhere near worth the billions they would lose in adding PS3 hardware to the PS4.

      So clearly they did the smartest thing available.

      • LordKaiser

        If they would be smarter then they could had added expansion slots or at least reverse streaming but they didn’t it.
        The PS4 could be streamed to the Vita but the Vita can’t be streamed to the PS4 and it’s very stupid because they could had avoided the failure that is the VitaTV.

        About the PS3 it could be a addon for the PS4 called the PS3 micro or something that attaches to the PS4 or at least a new redesigned PS3 that could be streamed to the PS4 but no.

        Everything that can be streamed to the PS4 had to come from the internet like Gaikai etc.

    • rurifan

      Personally I think the lack of BC is good for us in the long run.

      I don’t ever want to see most of the failure generation games again. If they were good, remake them on PS4 without all the technical compromises.

      • Zackasaur

        Eh, I think BC would be ideal if it were actually achievable. But the software emulation is literally impossible, so it would require a very expensive hardware solution.

        This is definitely the smarter thing for Sony to have done, but it’s still a regrettable necessity.

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    These are very good numbers, I wonder if it’ll be enough to take Sony’s credit rating out from junk status

    • Zackasaur

      Sony’s long-term strategy is pretty solid. Their business consolidation has been working wonders.

  • Al Buns

    Not surprised.I expect 19mil plus this december.

    • Crossbones (Prodigy-X)

      You crazy 15 Million at the most.

    • Zackasaur

      That’s… A lot. I’m not so bold.

  • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

    Sony did a good job with PS4 in terms of marketing.

    • Zackasaur

      In terms of a lot more than marketing. They really nailed it this time by listening closely to both gamers and developers.

      Their marketing is technically much smaller than MS’ s. lol

      But the Xbox One is also doing well! Around 4.3m.

      The Wii U is the only one truly lagging behind.

      • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

        Eh, I think everyone listens to gamers and developers, they just all listenied in different ways.

        X1 has not updated its numbers since january, it is irresponsible to just make it up.

        Wii U is lagging behind sales wise, but I think its software is still the most compelling (which is not saying much at all)

        • rurifan

          It was funny watching Microsoft finally “listen gamers” belatedly after customers voted with their feet in a stampeed towards the PS4. :)

          MS just put a new “games games games!” guy in charge because they still weren’t actually listening to gamers. Maybe they will finally get things right, we’ll see.

          And WiiU, haha. Nobody cares about that, why even bring it up.

          • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

            Why are you trolling the systems?

        • Zackasaur

          Not listening isn’t a form of “listening in different ways.” What Microsoft did this time is listen to mega-publishers. That failed, and they’ve had to rapidly save face. They’ve actually done a really good job of turning things around, but they have a long way to go… And the well is going to be partially poisoned for a long time to come because of the poor founding. They sort of have to rewrite their entire strategy, which takes more than a few months.

          Who is making up numbers? 4.3m is from the same third-party market analysts who knew the PS4 was at 7m before Sony had even announced it. This is actually old news to me, thanks to them. Actually, the analysts have it at 4.2m, but I’m guessing that they’re undertracking slightly (because they did undertrack the PS4 slightly).

          Whether or not you think the software is the most compelling isn’t really relevant, because the vast majority disagree with you. Pre-order stats reveal that. 16 of the 30 most pre-ordered games in the US right now are PS4 games, and 8 are Xbox One games. Only one (Mario Kart 8) is a Wii U game.

          We don’t have good pre-order numbers for Japan and Europe, but the Wii U isn’t doing better in those regions than it is in the US.

          Right now, the Wii U is struggling to match what the Gamecube did. And the Gamecube wasn’t a success for Nintendo.

          • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

            Gamecube made profit, it was a success. The rest of what you said is very opinionated. What does preorder software has to do with anything? That is all.

            • rurifan

              Selling cheap underpowered hardware at a profit isn’t success when consumers/developers notice the lack of support and don’t fall for it the next time. (As we see happening.)

              • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

                3ds is underpowered hardware and it is doing fine. I do not buy that excuse.

                • Zackasaur

                  Underpowered hardware is definitely not the only problem. That’s true.

                  I think it’s a much bigger problem in the console market than it is in the handheld market, however. In the console market, multiplatform development is a much bigger factor. People also seem to demand a bigger “wow” factor out of console experiences, likely because of historical expectations.

                • rurifan

                  Didn’t Nintendo just eat crow because of the unexpectedly poor 3ds performance last year? Or perhaps their plans to produce smartphone software are born out of confidence…

                  Coincidentally, it seems like there have been a flood of game announcements for PSV and almost nothing for 3ds lately. (I haven’t actually tallied the numbers to see if this is true.)

                  I own a 3ds and find it quite junky compared to other devices, so that trend doesn’t bother me.

                  • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

                    3DS was the number 1 system in every region in 2013. 3DS also sold the most software of any system……so no.

                    3DS has had just as many announcements, just different and bigger games. Yokai Watch 2? Azure Striker?

                    • Zackasaur

                      The Vita has had a lot more announcements than the 3DS. He’s right about that.

                      But it’s not just quantity. It’s also scale. A lot of the Vita’s support is from niche Japanese studios and western indies. These are really cool to a lot of core gamers, but they mean a lot less to the mainstream. The 3DS has much stronger mainstream support.

                      It is important to recognise that 2013 will almost undoubtedly be the 3DS’s peak year. The platform will never see an onslaught of software that strong again in its life. That’s very normal, though.

                      Sales-wise, the 3DS is doing a lot better than the Vita. The Vita will have better legs though, and it may not yet have had its peak year. But it will always be behind the 3DS in total (even though it will probably eventually have better years than the 3DS will due to those legs).

                    • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

                      The 3DS has had more announcements in terms of exclusives. I agree with the rest.

                    • rurifan

                      Games are what matter though, and I find myself quite surprised by how little the 3ds really has to offer.

                      Even knowing japanese and with an “import enabling device” allowing great freedom to explore what’s out there, it seems there are just a handful of blockbusers driving the platform. (Bias alert: I don’t like any of Nintendo’s franchises. :)

                      The PSV certainly isn’t going to catch up with anything at this point, but the volume of game announcements is an interesting contrast.

                    • Zackasaur

                      The 3DS is definitely carried by the combination of low cost and the power of a few blockbusters (in terms of sales; all from Nintendo’s first party).

                      But the Vita seems to lack those “easy buttons.” It’s a significant difference.

                    • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

                      Vita vs 3DS is Marathon vs Sprint. Nintendo seems to burn out too early. If ever Sony’s Marathon approach received more Mainstream appeal, then the tide would be very, very different. Vita’s far from it’s peak and sadly, far from a 2013 3DS year.

                    • LordKaiser

                      With the price of those memory cards…

                    • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

                      Haha, yep those memory cards. I think strategically, at least for Japan now, they have to drop the price down to something close to impulse buy. I say this because it would definitely help the retailers to push a lot more of them out. We’ve got a 500 app limit now, and I’m sure if the memory cards were more affordable, people would be consuming EVEN more, making Vita’s attach rate Sky rocket higher, even in Japan. Then eventually, Western side after we get some strategic bundles, we could follow suit.

                      I’m curious if, besides retailer/sony profit, if the memory cards being high, helps for people to buy more physical copies of games? I mean, it’s not like the retail presence is that big anyway but with Vita’s attach rate being so high, I’m all too sure a lot of people are going All digital or 75% digital on Vita for sure. Were it not the mem card prices, I think it’d be even higher.

                  • Zackasaur

                    The Vita is undoubtedly a nicer device, but which one is a better game system is a matter of the kinds of experiences one favours. That’s why opinions can be misleading.

                    The 3DS is in a muuuuuuuch better market position than the Vita is, but it did fall below Nintendo’s expectations nonetheless. The 3DS is doing significantly worse than what the DS was doing at this point in its life, and 2013 is probably the 3DS’s peak year. The harsh fact is that the handheld market is down significantly overall.

                    Will the Vita outsell the 3DS? Extremely unlikely. Will the Vita have better legs? Almost undoubtedly.

            • Zackasaur

              Not a single opinion was stated in that entire post. I intentionally avoided it. I think you’re struggling with rationalism here.

              How we define a “success” can be subjective, but NIntendo viewed the Gamecube as a dramatic failure because of how poorly it sold in comparison to their previous consoles. It’s not just a matter of, “Hey, we made some money.” It’s a matter of, “Wow, we lost a whole lot of the market.”

            • Sevyne

              An opinion? All he did was state facts…

        • AdamBoy64

          I do feel like Sony in the development of the PS4 was closer to the pulse of the gaming industry – perhaps it was only clever marketing that made me think like this, but it certainly gives off that impression. I’m not sure the current software available reflects that – yet.

          But I agree with you about the Wii U’s software. Totally.

          Though I’m hoping for big things for either PS4 or X1 in the next few months. Don’t particularly mind which one.

        • rockman29

          That is the most interesting interpretation of listening I have read in quite a while.

          Were they listening before or after the complete reversal of several policies? I can’t quite remember which it is.

          I guess everyone really does love Kinect games as much as MS says we all do too?

      • Bobby Jennings

        I just think Microsoft needs to get the Xbox out there. I mean the PS4 is available in more countries than the Xbox One right?

        • Zackasaur

          That’s definitely not the difference. MS used to lead in the UK and the US, and they are now consistently losing both of those regions.

          Of the countries where the Xbox One is not officially available, there are three things you need to know:

          1. They are small markets.
          2. You can actually buy Xbox Ones in those countries, because they just get them from their neighbours. In fact, I’ve noticed that the Xbox One is actually less expensive than the PS4 in many of these “second tier” European countries.
          3. Those nations are all PlayStation dominant.

          The idea that the Xbox One is going to get a significant boost by -officially- launching in these countries is simply a false narrative.

          They’re in a bad place compared to the PS4… But the sales are actually good compared to what the 360/PS3 were doing at launch. So there is a silver lining.

          • Bobby Jennings

            All I’m saying is that the Xbox One sales would increase if it was available in more areas. :/

            Damn the fanboyism is strong here :(

    • rurifan

      They designed it right so it sells itself without much push.

  • Crossbones (Prodigy-X)

    Like A Boss

  • LordKaiser

    http://vgsales.wikia.com/wiki/PlayStation_2

    http://vgsales.wikia.com/wiki/PlayStation_3

    So we can compare the numbers and put everything on perspective. The PS4 is way ahead of the competition but… There’s people playing the waiting game because there’s only so few games for the PS4 that they want to play.

  • shogunknight

    This almost seems frightening, what happens when games like uncharted, the order, destiny, arkham knight and other discount times like black friday are up? Sony is on a roll

    • Martian Wong

      And when Final fantasy XV hits market…who knows what will happen…

  • Aaron Lee

    Good work, guys. See you out of the red soon…hopefully?

    I’ll wait a bit for the fruits to grow and ripen a bit before I start picking them, and I’m planning to roll with the PC/PS4 master race combo this gen. Handhelds I’ve yet to consider as I’ve neither a Vita or a 3DS (yet).

    • jujubee88

      “I’ll wait a bit for the fruits to grow and ripen a bit before I start picking them…”

      Not to self: Never pick a fruit when it’s green and small.

  • shogunknight

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxsdLYIYsH8

    A new feature of the PS4 showing the Video Editor

    Edit: Pre downloading will be available too

    http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/04/16/ps4-update-1-70-coming-soon-introducing-sharefactory/

  • Northstar
    • LordKaiser

      Ehhhh!

    • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

      Oh wow, I know this is incredibly off topic but dat chest animation. So inaccurate xD If you’re going to include it, do it right based on her size and such, yikes xD

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    Fantastic. Congrats Sony. I look forward to this year being a great springboard for more things to come.

  • Learii

    how much xbox one sale so far from ps4?

    • Zackasaur

      The Xbox One has shipped (not sold) 5 million units… So we’re looking at around 4 million sold for Microsoft.

      • Learii

        oh ok so they 2 or 3 million behind

        • Issy

          2 or 3 million behind, but still hasn’t been released in 26 or so countries yet.

  • McPoo

    I’ll be grabbing one of these in a few years time, like I did with the PS3. Looks good, I’m not fussed enough about the exclusives to make it my first purchased console though.

    That said, another TLoU would be very very hard to resist!