Sony: Over 2.1 million PS4 consoles have been sold; still working on PSN issues

Sony's efforts to launch the PS4 in 32 markets in November seemed to have paid off. After first announcing that the game console sold over 1 million units in the U.S and Canada in its first 24 hours after its November 15th launch, Sony revealed today that worldwide sales of the PS4 have now exceeded 2.1 million units.

The announcement on the official PlayStation blog comes after last week's launch of the PS4 in 30 additional markets in Europe and Latin America. Sony did not offer a breakdown of sales for each country, but one unconfirmed report claims that the PS4 sold 250,000 units in the UK in its first 48 hours, setting a new launch sales record for any game console in that country.

However, the influx of new console owners is still hitting the company's PlayStation Network hard. After Friday, many PS4 users were unable to sign into PSN, which forced Sony to remove the option to redeem vouchers for the service. In the latest PSN status update, Sony said they have now restored the previously shut down What’s New Activity Feed on PSN but are still working to restore the voucher feature.

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Nintendo need to wake up and stop shutting out mature gamers and stop trying to innovate to a level that makes using the device a nightmare or developing for it, They have a solid IP but even that won't keep them afloat if they don't embrace gamers in general and not just kids and parents, Xbox and Playstation has parental controls, why can't Nintendo do the same.

Now if Microsoft announced they sold 2.5 million would people go ballistic and say they are lying? I believe Sony's numbers, with a lower price you would assume that they should sell more. They launched one week earlier and launched in more markets but the question is how much supply do they actually have.

I believe most people will accept that MS made more consoles and has a better supply so you would think they should have sold more if they do announce their numbers but we'll see.


As to the PSN issues I really don't understand how they are having any problems. PS3 had something like 76 million accounts (free I know but still) and had to have at least a large number of concurrent users at some time. I can't believe that adding 1 million more at one time is crashing the system, that really does indicate they have a poor infrastructure.

macrosslover said,
Now if Microsoft announced they sold 2.5 million would people go ballistic and say they are lying?

Do you remember when MS said that Surface sold "a lot". Well, that's why we don't trust in MS anymore.

macrosslover said,
I believe Sony's numbers, with a lower price you would assume that they should sell more. They launched one week earlier and launched in more markets but the question is how much supply do they actually have.

They launched one week early in 2 markets (USA and Canada). One of which is the only market the PS3 lost to the Xbox360 (USA) so should have been comparatively "weak" in comparison to the Xbone if both retained their bases. Xbone launched in something like 13 markets a week later and then last weekend the PS4 launched in Europe and Australia. So in much of the world the Xbone launched a week before the PS4.
macrosslover said,

As to the PSN issues I really don't understand how they are having any problems. PS3 had something like 76 million accounts (free I know but still) and had to have at least a large number of concurrent users at some time. I can't believe that adding 1 million more at one time is crashing the system, that really does indicate they have a poor infrastructure.

PSN for the PS3 didn't do much of anything. A PS3 is connected directly to the internet not a walled garden like Xbox Live. Chat for example was provided on a per game bases by the game developer where they ran their own servers, etc. so there was no infrastructure Sony needed. That's why there was no cross game chat and no need to pay for anything. On the PS4 it's more like Xbox Live where Sony is providing a common set of services (such as chat) which requires far more infrastructure then they ever needed before. This infrastructure is also why you now have to pay for multiplayer so they having continued income to maintain and extend it. At launch there is a HUGE spike and the PS4 is doing better then they expected. They new the PS4 was going to do well but not THIS well. It's setting records for sales in some places and it's actually competitive in the US where Sony used to get destroyed. (Xbox 360's margin of victory in the US was large enough to keep the Xbox 360 slightly above the PS3 even though the PS3 won in every other region)

Brony said,

Do you remember when MS said that Surface sold "a lot". Well, that's why we don't trust in MS anymore.

Stop making stuff up. They said that surface sales were moderate. They never said Surface sold a lot. As a matter of fact for the longest time, they would not say anything about Surface sales. If you have proof of them saying that, then please provide a link. Otherwise you just spewing out a bunch of FUD.

Geezy said,
Some people feel MS misrepresented Surface sales: http://www.rgrdlaw.com/cases/microsoft/

I guess it's to be decided in court if MS shareholders are 'making stuff up' or not.

Your point can be made for anything and everything. Some people think the PS4 sold less than 2.1 million and that the numbers is Sony shifted numbers and not sold through. But that's doesn't mean it's true.

*rolls eyes* So anything can be true yet you can't trust anything anyone says. Why did you bother asking for a link again? lol

Geezy said,
*rolls eyes* So anything can be true yet you can't trust anything anyone says. Why did you bother asking for a link again? lol

*decides not to roll eyes, but shakes head instead* Because I wanted a link that actually says that MS quoted large numbers for surface and not the BS that you posted about some lame ass class action suit. The link that you provided has nothing to do with why the link was requested.

Additionally, I could not make heads or tails of your rebuttal comment.

I haven't had any issues with my PS4, though it sure could use some more content. So far the most enjoyable game I've played on it is Flower.

Asmodai said,
Resogun IS by Housemarque and IS the spiritual successor to Super Stardust.

I know it's by Housemarque. It's still not Stardust! Both are a hell of a lot of fun. TGC did a great job making Flower even more beautiful for PS4, so I'd love it if Super Stardust would get the same treatment. A lot of people might have missed it.

That is a lot of consoles in such a short space of time. Wii U has sold 3.91million units as of 31st october over nearly 12 months. 2.1 million is a great figure in such a short space of time. I'm guessing xbox one sales figure are around 1.3-1.4 million, they were at 1 million a few days ago.

torrentthief said,
That is a lot of consoles in such a short space of time. Wii U has sold 3.91million units as of 31st october over nearly 12 months. 2.1 million is a great figure in such a short space of time. I'm guessing xbox one sales figure are around 1.3-1.4 million, they were at 1 million a few days ago.
I suspect Xbox One is probably closer to the 2 Million mark or could even be more than the PS4. (due to larger inventory and reportedly outselling PS4 during Black Friday at most of the large US retailers).

Either way, both consoles are off to a much stronger start than the Wii U and should give Nintendo pause to re-evaluate its approach.

devlinadl said,
Haven't we had this shell game before with Surface and Windows Phone? If Microsoft have a number, they should release it.

They already did release their numbers for launch. VGCharts shows Xbox One as being slightly ahead of PS4. Both are selling well, at this point it is a matter of who can get them out of the factory.

Feelin for the Wii U. I'm sure the prices will come down and I'll get one but yeah they're getting clobbered by XBox/1 and PS3/4.

The Wii U is getting beat by the Wii. I think it's safe to say Wii U is a flop. The 3DS is doing GREAT though on the bright side.

Asmodai said,
The Wii U is getting beat by the Wii. I think it's safe to say Wii U is a flop. The 3DS is doing GREAT though on the bright side.

yep, even releasing an sku with the wii u pro controller and no gamepad at a lower prices probably wouldn't make the console a success either. Wii U is dead in the water. Time to start work on designing the Wii 3 and make sure the hardware can at least compete with the xbone.

Early sales are not an indication of how well future sales of the console will do.
Add to this, we don't know how many 1st manufacturing wave units (Sony, or Microsoft) there were. It won't be until a few months from now we can look back and get real data.
Also Sold by Sony/MS or sold in stores.

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