PlayStation 4 might not have been the best selling console in the United States for October, but that didn’t stop Sony announcing a rather positive bit of news last night.
Sony has announced that the PlayStation 4 has sold through over 30.2 million units worldwide since its release in late 2013. The figure is as of Sunday, November 22nd, and Sony says “PS4 continues to demonstrate the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history.”
Quite the impressive feat. To give you an idea, when comparing to the PS2 which is the best selling video games console of all time, it took the PS2 26 months to hit this figure. Hopefully PS4 can maintain such phenomenal sales for the rest of it’s life span. Somewhat more positive news for Sony is that the PS4 hit this figure before black Friday which traditionally sees a huge increase of console sales. Again for perspective Sony sold 4.1m PS4’s in the final 6 weeks of 2014. So there’s every chance that the PS4 could end 2015 at 35m units sold. With 2016 looking like a stormer of a year for PS4 with regards to first party titles it’s all positive news for Sony and the PS4. An absolutely incredible number and completely deserved sales for the console. Roll on PlayStation experience in 10 days.
The full press release:
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that the PlayStation(R)4 (PS4(TM)) computer entertainment system has cumulatively sold through more than 30.2 million units*1 worldwide as of November 22. PS4 continues to demonstrate the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation(R) hardware history.
PS4 is a uniform system on which gamers everywhere can enjoy the same high-quality digital entertainment experiences. The rapid expansion of the PS4 platform further reinforces the foundation of delivering compelling entertainment experiences. Customers can choose from multiple offerings available on this most favored platform that ranges from games on discs or through digital download to a variety of services available on PlayStation(TM)Network, including PlayStation(R)Plus membership service, apps for streaming video, music and TV content. The 30.2 million PS4 owners around the world are spending more time playing games and enjoying entertainment content as the company further enriches content and services.
“We are sincerely grateful that gamers across the globe have continued to choose PS4 as the best place to play since launch two years ago,” said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “We are committed to bringing engaging games and entertainment services to users worldwide. Thanks to the support of our partners, PS4 continues to be the premier platform for game and interactive entertainment innovation.”
The PS4 system’s games portfolio will continue to broaden this holiday season and beyond with highly anticipated titles such as DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS (SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.), Ryu Ga Gotoku KIWAMI (SEGA Games Co., Ltd.), Bloodborne The Old Hunters Edition, Gravity Rush Remastered, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (SCE Worldwide Studios). The independent development community will also continue to deliver innovative new titles for PS4 including GALAK-Z (17-BIT) and Super Time Force Ultra (Capybara Games).*2
SCE will continue to expand the world of PS4 to deliver entertainment experiences that are only possible on PlayStation.
The PS4 system is currently available in 124 countries and regions*3 worldwide.
*1 Number of retail sales to consumers is estimated by SCEI. PS4(TM) sales data in Japan collected 2/22/2014 – 11/22/2015, in North America collected 11/15/2013 – 11/21/2015, in Europe and Latin America collected 11/29/2013 – 11/21/2015, and in Asia collected 12/17/2013 – 11/22/2015.*2 Title line-up as well as the number of titles differ by region.*3 Number as of 11/16/2015.