Sony Sold Over 5.3 Million PS4s Prior to Japan Launch

#1 Posted by Seppli (10251 posts) -

By February 8th, Sony has sold 5.3 million PS4's to end consumers. Sony's sales numbers are about to jump another million or two, when it releases in Japan on the 22nd of February. Their internal goal was to sell 5 million units worldwide by the the end of March. Sony has surpassed the 5 million mark nearly two months early. It seems fairly certain that Sony will sell through more than 10 million units worldwide by the end of 2014.

With how pretty much every game runs better on PS4 than on Xbox One, it will likely also lead the competition in software attachment rates - where the real money is made. The Playstation division really hit a homerun with the PS4. By golly!

#2 Posted by Seppli (10251 posts) -
#3 Edited by Marokai (2904 posts) -

That's, what, like a half-million away from the Wii U's global sales to date? Bonkers numbers. I'm glad to see someone running away with sales in a sea of worries and doom and gloom.

I'm very excited to see how it does in Japan.

#4 Posted by jimmyfenix (3853 posts) -

How much do you think they will sell in japan ?

#5 Edited by Darji (5294 posts) -

@jimmyfenix said:

How much do you think they will sell in japan ?

everything they can ship. The Japanese launch lineup is pretty strong.

#6 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10919 posts) -

I sometimes find it a little odd that Sony does so well in video games, and not very well in everything else these days.

Either way, good for them! Now they've got to get some good exclusives coming our way!

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#7 Posted by Hyuzen (449 posts) -

I know it's not a perfect comparison, because the 360 came out a year early, but does anyone know how this compares to global sales of Xbox 360 and PS3 in a similar time frame?

#8 Posted by TheLastGunslinger (237 posts) -

@hyuzen: Microsoft has said the Xbox One is selling faster than the 360 did so it's safe to say the PS4 is as well. Both consoles are doing very well so far and hopefully things keep up as more and more games come out.

#9 Edited by Marokai (2904 posts) -

@mooseymcman said:

I sometimes find it a little odd that Sony does so well in video games, and not very well in everything else these days.

Either way, good for them! Now they've got to get some good exclusives coming our way!

The craziest thing about Sony's current state is that they're basically reshaping the entire company around video games, as they back away or downsize in every other market they've had their toes in over the years. Their efforts at phones have crashed, their marketshare in digital cameras has fallen over half, they split up their TV business, discontinued the their PC line and sold the brand off to someone else, and this goes on and on. But video games? They've basically doubled down on that portion of their global business.

There's so much consternation and worry from other companies over how expensive the industry has gotten, but Sony is going all-in. It's totally nuts, and so far appears to be totally the best thing they've got going.

#10 Edited by Darji (5294 posts) -

@hyuzen said:

I know it's not a perfect comparison, because the 360 came out a year early, but does anyone know how this compares to global sales of Xbox 360 and PS3 in a similar time frame?

only for US though.

#11 Posted by jimmyfenix (3853 posts) -

@hyuzen: A user on Neogaf posted this on how the PS4 is tracking with PS1 , PS2 and PS3 in the same time frame.

PS1:

4 months (one territory) - March 31st, 1995 - 0.85 million

10 months - September 30th, 1995 - 1.77 million

16 months - March 31st, 1996 - 4.26 million

22 months - September 30th, 1996 - 8.07 million

28 months - March 31st, 1997 - 13.50 million

PS2:

1 month (one territory) - March 31st, 2000 - 1.41 million

7 months (one territory) - September 30th, 2000 - 3.52 million

13 months - March 31st, 2001 - 10.61 million

19 months - September 30th, 2001 - 19.58 million

22 months - December 30th, 2001 - 24.99 million

PS3:

1 month - December 31st, 2006 - 1.7 million

4 months - March 31st, 2007 - 3.5 million

7 months - June 30th, 2007 - 4.2 million

10 months - September 30th, 2007 - 5.5 million

13 months - December 31st, 2007 - 10.4 million

PS4:

1 day - November 16th, 2013 - 1 million

2 weeks - December 1st, 2013 - 2.1 million

1 month - December 28th, 2013 - 4.2 million

3 months - February 8th, 2014 - 5.3 million

#12 Posted by Marcsman (3180 posts) -

Full steam ahead on the PSN Express

#13 Edited by Nightriff (5027 posts) -

Could they sell 1 mil in Japan? Is the market big enough/hungry enough for that number?

#14 Posted by Fredchuckdave (5353 posts) -

@nightriff: Japan's console market is pretty limited (handheld market is huge), but the 360/Xbone have absolutely no presence so a higher number is feasible; though a Monster Hunter being out for it would be helpful.

#15 Posted by TheHBK (5474 posts) -

I don't get why people keep jumping up about how it hasn't even sold in Japan. Japan does not buy that many consoles compared to the rest of the world. Which is why it drives me crazy that Nintendo and Sony always put their best special editions and colors out in Japan. Japan buys maybe a third or fourth the number of consoles that North America or Europe does.

#16 Edited by Sergio (2080 posts) -

@thehbk: Anything to back these claims up? A quick Google search and it looks like historically Japan buys half the number of consoles that North America does, and even then it's still 10s of millions over the lifetime of each console. Even if those 10s of millions were a fourth of what is sold in North America, it's still a sizable market.

Edit: Correction on the 10s of millions, that was PS2 only. PS3 doesn't have those types of numbers in any market alone.

#17 Posted by JayEH (525 posts) -

I wonder how big the gap is between the Xbox is now. Last we heard Xbox sold around 3 million? Wonder if it's at 4 yet.

#18 Posted by Random45 (1157 posts) -

@marokai said:

That's, what, like a half-million away from the Wii U's global sales to date? Bonkers numbers. I'm glad to see someone running away with sales in a sea of worries and doom and gloom.

I'm very excited to see how it does in Japan.

Oh god. I was wondering if it was close to the Wii U's total life time sales, that is just freaking sad. Nintendo has to step up their game.

#19 Posted by HistoryInRust (6293 posts) -

Now all we need is a torrent of "HOW WORRIED SHOULD MICROSOFT BE" posts and this thread will fill the day's armchair economist quota.

#20 Posted by TurboMan (7510 posts) -

Video Games are dead, you guys... stop trying to fight it..

might as well just hop on aboard the iPhone Master Race bandwagon. Anyone want some pigs for their farm?

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#21 Posted by Sergio (2080 posts) -

Now all we need is a torrent of "HOW WORRIED SHOULD MICROSOFT BE" posts and this thread will fill the day's armchair economist quota.

There was one already with the almost 2:1 sales news that these numbers include.

#22 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (2691 posts) -

It is good to see all the gloom and doom about consoles were not true. I really don't think most analysts and pundits understand how much people 'like' the level of ease of use and complexity of gaming consoles have..at least in the west. The cost/benefit works in console-like systems favor, and probably always will.

#23 Posted by Jimbo (9804 posts) -

Killing it. Good to see MS being punished by the market for their nonsense.

#24 Edited by TrafalgarLaw (1117 posts) -

@jimbo said:

Killing it. Good to see MS being punished by the market for their nonsense.

Punished? More like expunged. It won't be long before the golden PS2-era of gaming is reinstated.

#25 Posted by caesius6 (184 posts) -

From my experience reading comments on the internet for the past 90 days, I'm assuming about 95% of these PS4's were bought to have sweet, mechanical-to-organic sexual relations with. Otherwise the absurd hatred and defensive comments one normally employs when a loved one is in danger just don't really make sense.

But then again, I have Windows 8 installed on my computer, so I'm probably in league with Hitler.

#26 Edited by Fattony12000 (7310 posts) -

Launching in Japan...

#27 Edited by GERALTITUDE (3229 posts) -

so who's got the hot sales numbers man come on I gotta know

#28 Posted by SomeJerk (3217 posts) -

322k sales under its first two days in Japan!

..from a 350k unit shipment, beating the WiiU's Saturday-Sunday launch week by a respectable amount. This is not spelling doom for consoles or a sign that the 3DS has ruined the market (which it has), this is the third best selling console launch in Japan behind the PS2 and the Wii. There is a god. Lets see how software numbers are doing tomorrow.

Six million sales total before March world-wide.

Now get on those JRPG developments..

#29 Edited by Darji (5294 posts) -

@somejerk said:

322k sales under its first two days in Japan!

..from a 350k unit shipment, beating the WiiU's Saturday-Sunday launch week by a respectable amount. This is not spelling doom for consoles or a sign that the 3DS has ruined the market (which it has), this is the third best selling console launch in Japan behind the PS2 and the Wii. There is a god. Lets see how software numbers are doing tomorrow.

Six million sales total before March world-wide.

Now get on those JRPG developments..

wiat the 3ds has ruined the market what? Mobliegamming has ruined the market not the 3DS.

#30 Edited by EXTomar (4687 posts) -

I don't think the 3DS has anything to do with it. Or more importantly that 322k (or whatever) is even that great. It is more the case that all over the world the market for phones and tablets have exploded while the market for desktops and set tops have shrunk. Even TV is stagnating.

edit: fixing up grammar.

#31 Posted by Marokai (2904 posts) -

The sales numbers are perfectly solid for a Japanese home console launch, particularly when you compare it to other console launches (being the third best) and consider that it didn't have a holiday to prop up sales (unlike the Wii and Wii U launches). The real issue will be keeping those numbers afloat with so few immediate game releases on the horizon.

@extomar said:

I don't think the 3DS has anything to do with it. Or, more importantly, that 322k (or whatever), is all that great. It is more the case that all over the world the market for phones and tablets have exploded while the market for desktops and set tops have shrunk. Even TV is stagnating.

This is something that always gets lost in the conversation about a contracting video game market; the video game market isn't alone in this. TV sales have slumped and there's nowhere near the excitement over them there used to be, PC sales have declined, the markets for digital cameras and dedicated portable media players have declined sharply, and this goes on and on. The market for consumer electronics (particularly high-cost non-phone electronics) as a whole has struggled in the last handful of years, due to a number of factors.

#32 Posted by kadaju86 (17 posts) -

Sounds like a better number than I would have thought really. The store I picked up mine (Yodobashi Chiba) had a smaller crowd for the PS4 launch than the Vita, so for it to hit a number like that looks like a good start to me.

Really happy with mine at least^^

#33 Posted by Darji (5294 posts) -

@kadaju86 said:

Sounds like a better number than I would have thought really. The store I picked up mine (Yodobashi Chiba) had a smaller crowd for the PS4 launch than the Vita, so for it to hit a number like that looks like a good start to me.

Really happy with mine at least^^

Especially this retailer was sold out completely at I think Sunday. It is a quit launch with no mass panic because Sony actually shipped many consoles. In General his launch was excellent in terms of supplies.

#34 Posted by DonPixel (2585 posts) -

@marokai said:

@mooseymcman said:

I sometimes find it a little odd that Sony does so well in video games, and not very well in everything else these days.

Either way, good for them! Now they've got to get some good exclusives coming our way!

The craziest thing about Sony's current state is that they're basically reshaping the entire company around video games, as they back away or downsize in every other market they've had their toes in over the years. Their efforts at phones have crashed, their marketshare in digital cameras has fallen over half, they split up their TV business, discontinued the their PC line and sold the brand off to someone else, and this goes on and on. But video games? They've basically doubled down on that portion of their global business.

There's so much consternation and worry from other companies over how expensive the industry has gotten, but Sony is going all-in. It's totally nuts, and so far appears to be totally the best thing they've got going.

Nee, the only reason they are still alive is because their insurance division in Japan is very profitable. Hence the joke: Sony is a successful insurance company with a failed tv division.

#35 Posted by DonPixel (2585 posts) -

@jimbo said:

Killing it. Good to see MS being punished by the market for their nonsense.

Punished? More like expunged. It won't be long before the golden PS2-era of gaming is reinstated.

PS2 had games, not sure if a monopoly is what the industry needs but whateva...

#36 Edited by spraynardtatum (2832 posts) -

@donpixel said:

@marokai said:

@mooseymcman said:

I sometimes find it a little odd that Sony does so well in video games, and not very well in everything else these days.

Either way, good for them! Now they've got to get some good exclusives coming our way!

The craziest thing about Sony's current state is that they're basically reshaping the entire company around video games, as they back away or downsize in every other market they've had their toes in over the years. Their efforts at phones have crashed, their marketshare in digital cameras has fallen over half, they split up their TV business, discontinued the their PC line and sold the brand off to someone else, and this goes on and on. But video games? They've basically doubled down on that portion of their global business.

There's so much consternation and worry from other companies over how expensive the industry has gotten, but Sony is going all-in. It's totally nuts, and so far appears to be totally the best thing they've got going.

Nee, the only reason they are still alive is because their insurance division in Japan is very profitable. Hence the joke: Sony is a successful insurance company with a failed tv division.

That's a joke?

#37 Posted by Darji (5294 posts) -
#38 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (2691 posts) -

Well, 332K is not to bad for two days. It will be interesting to see what sort of sales in makes after a month.

#39 Edited by DonPixel (2585 posts) -

@donpixel said:

@marokai said:

@mooseymcman said:

I sometimes find it a little odd that Sony does so well in video games, and not very well in everything else these days.

Either way, good for them! Now they've got to get some good exclusives coming our way!

The craziest thing about Sony's current state is that they're basically reshaping the entire company around video games, as they back away or downsize in every other market they've had their toes in over the years. Their efforts at phones have crashed, their marketshare in digital cameras has fallen over half, they split up their TV business, discontinued the their PC line and sold the brand off to someone else, and this goes on and on. But video games? They've basically doubled down on that portion of their global business.

There's so much consternation and worry from other companies over how expensive the industry has gotten, but Sony is going all-in. It's totally nuts, and so far appears to be totally the best thing they've got going.

Nee, the only reason they are still alive is because their insurance division in Japan is very profitable. Hence the joke: Sony is a successful insurance company with a failed tv division.

That's a joke?

Nerdy Joke, but apparently a common one in financial circles.

#40 Posted by DonPixel (2585 posts) -

@darji said:

@spraynardtatum: No their insurance business is going really well.

Contrary to people believe Playstation division is profitable but not by a lot, not to sustain the whole company. I can't find the link but I think revenues are not that amazing.

Its all about insurance.

#41 Posted by kadaju86 (17 posts) -

@darji said:

@kadaju86 said:

Sounds like a better number than I would have thought really. The store I picked up mine (Yodobashi Chiba) had a smaller crowd for the PS4 launch than the Vita, so for it to hit a number like that looks like a good start to me.

Really happy with mine at least^^

Especially this retailer was sold out completely at I think Sunday. It is a quit launch with no mass panic because Sony actually shipped many consoles. In General his launch was excellent in terms of supplies.

Only checked their stock availability on their website on late Saturday and the one in Hachiouji was the only store to be out of stock of the non-camera pack, rest had stock of both packs, so looks like a "slow" burn through the weekend rather than everyone lining up first thing on Saturday.

Seems like a really good job on Sony's part to have enough stock for the demand as well as selling through close to everything, so overall a really good launch for them I'd say.

#42 Edited by Fattony12000 (7310 posts) -

The top five selling PS4 launch games

  1. Knack - 322,083 (PS4 First Limited Pack bundles)
  2. Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin - 73,086
  3. Battlefield 4 - 26,878
  4. Killzone Shadowfall - 25,978
  5. Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends - 13,576

http://www.famitsu.com/news/201402/26048892.html

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