PlayStation 4 crosses 6 million sales following strong Japan launch

The PS4 hits another sales milestone, with at least 3 million console owners also buying PlayStation Plus.

The PlayStation 4 has now sold more than 6 million units worldwide, following the machine's launch in Japan at the end of February.

370,000 units have now been shifted in Japan, Sony announced today. The PS4 has now blitzed past Sony's 5m sales target for the end of March, and 13.7 million games have been sold on PlayStation 4--including 2.1 million sales for Killzone: Shadow Fall.

On top of all that, at least half of those six million PS4 owners have signed up to PlayStation Plus, which will generate another sizable wad of revenue for Sony. A chunk of that is at least partially attributable to the fact that PlayStation Plus is now required to play multiplayer games, which isn't the case for PS3 and Vita.

Sony also announced that 100 million "Shares" have been captured--although at least five of them are me accidentally forgetting that it's not the Select button any more--and the PS4 has also been used for more than 3.6 million Twitch and Ustream broadcasts.

Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House said he was "absolutely delighted that PS4 is off to such a great start in Japan."

"The responses we have received for the PS4 system's integrated social capabilities have been phenomenal, and I couldn't be more thrilled that gamers are utilising these unique features to engage, share, play and connect with users around the world."

"[Sony] will continue to expand the world of PlayStation by growing its library of breakthrough games and bringing more innovative features and services only possible on PS4."

GameSpot senior news editor Justin Haywald, AKA my boss, laid out why he thought the PlayStation 4 was ahead of the Xbox One over the weekend.

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theKSMM
theKSMM

The PS4 is off to a great start.  I wonder if they'll maintain their lead after the XONE price cut.

theKSMM
theKSMM

More impressive than the number of consoles sold is the number of games.  Selling games is where the money is made, and Sony's attach rate in the PS3 generation was lackluster until the final year or so.  It'll be interesting to see if they can sell games at the same rate as Microsoft for the next several years.

PS4Lives
PS4Lives

April Chart: Xbone sold more than 7 million units. 

sakaixx
sakaixx

glad to welcome you back on top, my king.

adamh1981
adamh1981

As of February 22nd 2014.....the PS4 had sold 5,847,194 units globally.

This figure includes the 319,689 units sold in Japan on Saturday 22nd February.


The PS4 must have sold at least 152,806 more units globally since Sunday 23rd February to have hit the big 6 million!



adamh1981
adamh1981

88% of the entire lifetime success of the Xbox 360 came from USA and Europe. The Xbox One can expect the sales of the remaining countries it has yet to be released in make up only 12% of the Xbox One's lifetime success.

adamh1981
adamh1981

"I wonder what will happen to the smugness of PS4 fans when X1 releases globally and the overall sales numbers become closer".


LOL!!!!! Here is an idea of what you can expect the sales to look like globally for Xbox One....first 3 weeks of February. 8th February 2014, 15th February 2014 and the 22nd February 2014. 


- Xbox One: 113,836 units sold in USA

- Playstation 4: 174,527 units sold in USA


PS4 leads by 60,691 additional units sold in USA


-Xbox One: 34,724 units sold in Europe

-Playstation 4: 169,640 units sold in Europe


PS4 leads selling x4 the amount of Xbox One totalling 138,896 units .....plus an additional 30,744 units on top.


-Xbox One: 9,911 additional units sold outside of USA and Europe

-Playstation 4 sold 74,423 additional sold outside of USA, Europe AND Japan.



This is the only part where you can argue the point of Playstation 4 being avalable in more countries than Xbox One. What PS4 sold in USA and Europe alone is over TWICE MORE than what Xbox One has sold in EVERY country its currently available in.

It is USA and Europe that matter. The PS2 would still have been the number 1 selling home console of all time even if you discounted all PS2s sold outside of USA and Europe.

rob9999991
rob9999991

The sales in Japan are good but I honestly thought they would have sold more in that region during the launch week.

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

in stores one second gone the next; I still haven't been able to pick up one yet but hopefully during the summertime supply will start to trump demand.

KelpsterD
KelpsterD

I still haven't picked up my Xbox One yet (and I will, as all my buddies have it and I'm a big fan) That being said, I can't wait to get my hands on a PS4 in a year or so. More for some of the single player games :) I still haven't tried "The Last of Us" (I know it's PS3) But I sure would like to, and any other great SP game!

Amster_G
Amster_G

Still out of stock at local retailers where I live. This shit sells like cupcakes.

M413FIK-E
M413FIK-E

Love my PS4, can't wait to play MGS GZ, iNfamous SS, The Order, Destiny, Dynasty Warriors 8 Complete Edition, Batman Arkham Knight, Uncharted 4, and more. Congrats Sony im loving the PS4.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

Incredible numbers for just a short amount of time.  Congratulations Sony!

WR_Platinum
WR_Platinum

its amazing to see the PS4 sell this much in little time. Just hope supply steps it up soon to get one. 

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Suck that MS.. suckers.. ... Goodstuff Japan..

Caleb1dunn
Caleb1dunn

Its funny how so many comments about Titanfall from ps4 owners say its along the line of a mindless shooter, but then there is always that after comment. Titanfall 2 will definitely be on PS4 though. Anyways, at least I will have a next gen game worth playing on my Xbox one next Monday. Unless EA gets in the way, again.

fanirama
fanirama

Nice to see consoles and companies do well. I will eventually get both the PS4 and the XB1. 


I went to Target the other day and I saw 6 XB1s sitting in stock while there was only 1 PS4 available and it looked like someone was gonna get it. 


PS4 is still in very tight supply due to the huge demand.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Sony, I've enjoyed your consoles and games for many years, but isn't it amazing how well you can do if you don't act like a bunch of know-all dildos at the beginning of a gen (referencing early PS3 era). :)

phr12dj
phr12dj

PS4 Win.

Let's go a play Uncharted 4!



Customers everywhere (including Brasil)

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

they say that the first console to 10 million typcially "wins" the console sales for that generation. 


the PS4 might hit 7 million by the end of the quarter (which would be literally insane)

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Just imagine if Sony actually supplied more units... I see Xones everywhere on shelves. Still yet to see PS4 anywhere "At Retail Price" (even though I own one) I still look around for them... either I'm blind... or I see something that still meets high demand...

phbz
phbz

This is how we know we live in a consumer based society. When 6 million people spend 400$ on a game console with no relevant games yet. 

Albaficas
Albaficas

@adamh1981  88% of the entire lifetime success of the Xbox 360 came from USA and THE U.K

fixed

adamh1981
adamh1981

@rob9999991  we dont know how much the PS4 sold in Japan for the whole week, will find out tomorrow. We only know the PS4 sold 319, 689 units on its first day (Saturday 22nd February) and an additional 2,394 units the next day (Sunday 23rd February). The PS4 sold 322,083 units within its first 48 hours.


The remainder of the week has not yet been released.

bwvictorious
bwvictorious

@GOGOHeadray
Same here... in the UK its hard to find them.
Of course I could pre order one from amazon and just wait for them to restock... but im waiting for a decent bundle with a nice game (Metal Gear? Witcher? Batman?)

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

@KelpsterD  I believe The Order is single player as well.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

To hell with cupcakes. The shit sells like ecstasy at a rave. I fluked out and found one available hours after being put on the shelf. It came with knack however, they could have sweetened the deal leaving it out.

rob9999991
rob9999991

@SIDEFX1 Suck what? That there are people who don't own what you think is cool and awesome? What are you 12?

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@Caleb1dunn As a Sony sided guy, I'll admit Titanfall looks fun, and I would've bought it if Microsoft didn't get scared and buy the rights to part 1... However, it's nowhere near a system seller to me, and I think Titanfall 2 will be a much better product since Respawn will have time to expand and optimize.


When it comes to next week though... I'll be all Dark Souls 2! (even if Titanfall was on PS4)

rob9999991
rob9999991

@evil_snuggles  I wonder what will happen to the smugness of PS4 fans when X1 releases globally and the overall sales numbers become closer. If MS decides to match the price of the PS4 by Christmas expect a virtual tie.

Optimist_Pryme
Optimist_Pryme

@phbz  Well, to be honest... of the two "next-gen" consoles on the market... if I wanted to spend $500 to place something in my home that collects dust... I'd hire a maid!  #justsaying


PS4 = FTW! >_<

mbounce88
mbounce88

@phbz  lol same games you are playing now minus a couple on your last gen systems. Except these games are more optimized, run on way better systems, and we also get to experience the awesome DS4 plus the features of next gen. We have a good enough variety right now and this year on is gonna be brutal. Good games shooting out from everywhere. PS4 kicks ass!

fanirama
fanirama

@phbz I might agree but relevant games are relative. Games are out for PS4, but you don't find them relevant. But others do, at least 6 million of them. 

Here's looking forward to more games relevant to more of us... on both consoles so both do well. 

Shango4
Shango4

@phbz  Your trolling really sucks.

KelpsterD
KelpsterD

@RicanV  

Yea, I'll keep up with that one as well. Haven't done much digging into it, but from the little i've seen it looks promising.  

mbounce88
mbounce88

@M3o5nster @Caleb1dunn  Yeah while some games are good, I just don't like it when a game can be put out on all the systems PS4 , PS3 , Xbox 360, and XBone3. When I here something like Arkham Knight for JUST PS4, Xbone, or other games that can't run on last gen it gives me more hope. Not to say I didn't enjoy AC 4, BF 4, Madden etc.. 

blackmagica
blackmagica

@rob9999991 @evil_snugglesone little thing you're missing from the equation....THE HARWARE!!!!!

funny how xbots like to leave that fact out. lmfao

adamh1981
adamh1981

@rob9999991 @evil_snuggles  


"I wonder what will happen to the smugness of PS4 fans when X1 releases globally and the overall sales numbers become closer".

LOL!!!!! Here is an idea of what you can expect the sales to look like globally for Xbox One....first 3 weeks of February. 8th February 2014, 15th February 2014 and the 22nd February 2014. 

- Xbox One: 113,836 units sold in USA

- Playstation 4: 174,527 units sold in USA

PS4 leads by 60,691 additional units sold in USA

- Xbox One: 34,724 units sold in Europe

- Playstation 4: 169,640 units sold in Europe

PS4 leads selling x4 the amount of Xbox One totalling 138,896 units .....plus an additional 30,744 units on top.

- Xbox One: 9,911 additional units sold outside of USA and Europe

-Playstation 4 sold 74,423 additional sold outside of USA, Europe AND Japan.

This is the only part where you can argue the point of Playstation 4 being avalable in more countries than Xbox One. What PS4 sold in USA and Europe alone is over TWICE MORE than what Xbox One has sold in EVERY country its currently available in.

It is USA and Europe that matter. The PS2 would still have been the number 1 selling home console of all time even if you discounted all PS2s sold outside of USA and Europe.


phbz
phbz

@Optimist_Pryme  Ye... of the 2 I would go for the PS4. At least I would save 100$ on a dust collector device. Although I would probably go for Infamous as my first game. For the X1 I really like Forza but M$ manage to ruin what could have been a superb driving game.

phbz
phbz

@mbounce88  I´m playing Dark Souls and South Park. As far as I know none of the new consoles have them.

phbz
phbz

@Shango4  Sorry, no trolling. Just my honest opinion. You can add to those 6 million the other 2 or 3 that bought an X1.  It makes no sense to me. 

phbz
phbz

@blackmagica  Thing is, I just like to play games that I really like (or that I´m expecting to like). Have plenty of things to do in my life other than playing just to fill my time. 

Probably if I was younger I would see things your way. But.. IMO, and ignoring the absurd 100$ difference, right now I would go for the X1 as it seems to be the one with more ok games. But honestly I try to avoid games that just seem to be ok. 

blackmagica
blackmagica

@phbz @Optimist_Pryme gaming all the time with my ps4, love the fact i can play the free2play games like, black light, war thunder, DC universe and so on....second son, out in just over a week.

just like the fact that Sony has free games all the time. purchased 4 games, 7 demos, 9 free games...not bad at all.

alexwhitfield
alexwhitfield

Well considering wasd sucks vs dual sticks and local multiplayer means something to me getting console based fps matters and the best versions of said genre are on PS4 hands down! So BF4 and COD Ghosts are great than throw on Killzone SF and BlackFlag and gonne be getting Infamous SS I am loving it. Isn't that the make or brake point?

So where did I myself go wrong?