Sony: PlayStation 4 worldwide sales top 5 million, exceeding predictions

Sony had some fairly high goals for sales of its PlayStation 4 console, with its U.S. division leader Jack Tretton proclaiming back in November that the PS4 would sell 3 million units worldwide by the end of 2013 and 5 million by the end of March 2014. Sony launched the PS4 on November 15th and the company announced in early January that worldwide sales had exceeded 4.2 million units by the end of 2013.

Today, Sony announced that Tretton's second prediction had been topped as well as worldwide PS4 sales have already gone over 5.3 million units as of February 8th, well before the end of March. Sony did not offer a breakdown of sales for each country, although last week it claimed it was the top selling console in the U.S. in January. Sony's total sales numbers will likely continue to go up rapidly in the next few weeks as the PS4 will finally launch in Sony's home country of Japan on Saturday, February 22nd

By contrast, executives at Microsoft never offered any sales predictions for the rival Xbox One console before it launched. The company's last statement about sales to consumers was made in early January, when it said over 3 million Xbox One units were sold worldwide from its launch November 22nd to the end of 2013. A few weeks ago, the company said 3.9 million Xbox One units had been sold to retail stores.

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I am finding more and more people choose to go against MS whether in tablet or console space. I personally think that MS got the guts to actually try to change their vision. Common examples are that Sony fan kept a note in their pocket to defend their console disregard any logical response
1. Resolution - Since when this matter, I thought PS3 is more powerful, but X360 dominates year after years. Please address this.
2. More GFX power - PS fan need to look at architecture wise between Xbox One and PS4. HD-DVD is not the same as Blu-Ray.
3. PS Plus - I thought Sony should make this free, Sony added value by giving free game rental aka. Netflix style. MS comes back with 2 free game you own a month as a perk. How's this an argument, really
4. $100 cheaper - This is what MS gamble and everyone know MS is heading into a future just like Google glass which will be > than $100.
5. MS is behind paywall to access Netflix - Really, if MS make Netflix NOT behind paywall, after all 4 lists that I point out, PS fan would really get an Xbox One. NOT!!! I am getting my Xbox live worth much more than just Netflix. That's just me.

For me its all about the games and convenience. For me personally the one has more games i play right now. I bought killzone on my ps4 but i lost interest in it half way into it. I really get sony for its JRPGS but the ps4 has 0 of them right now. Pretty much all of the good ones due this year are only coming to ps3 and 360 anyways. Most of my friends are not very computer literate people but they have consoles and none of them even know about any of this stuff we all complain about on here. Pretty much get consoles based on what they had last gen and what games they want to get and are very persuaded by stupid stuff gamestop employees say. They havent the slightest clue about speed or resolutions and what not. Seriouslly out of the 8 people i know with consoles 1 is a computer gamer as well and he almost didnt get a xo because of all the resolution crap. What persuaded him was seeing my setup and seeing the awesome multitasking. Like last night i had a 2 minute wait time on titanfall to get into the next map so i just said xbox watch tv and looked up some sport scores and what not and then got a popup saying my match was about to begin press Xbox button to return and bam back in the game just as im jumping out of the plane.

I heard on the internet that Nintendo will go bankrupt, due to poor Wii-u sales!

Golly gosh it must be so true, because it was on the internet /s

That's great, but I have been heard that PS4's are getting recalled, is this a rumour or has it got some truth to it?

I_Kaplan said,
That's great, but I have been heard that PS4's are getting recalled, is this a rumour or has it got some truth to it?

Probably rumor. Working in retail, I haven't heard of anything regarding them being sent back due to recall. Of course, as soon as we even have any, they sell out pretty fast.

I have the xbox one and love it. Im glad I don't listen to the internet and their silly arguments:
"xbone will spy on you"
"Ps4 is __% more powerful"
"MS is has no connection and flip flops"

that's just all silly stuff. BTW, the PS4 box....LOL. Looking forward to Titanfall!

Not that it actually matters who sells more as Nintendo showed us that a third place can be profitable. But if it's sales people want to measure, it's not looking good for Microsoft. Sony looks like they will slaughter them in the end.

Sony was one year behind and sales were almost even at the end for the last gen. This time they're pulling ahead more and more with basically the same release dates.

Not to mention focusing on the markets they're not as strong in first and foremost. They'll dominate Japan without question, and we're only 4 days away from that launch as well. Maybe my expectations for Japan may be a bit high, but I'm pretty sure they're about to take off...

Good job Sony. I'm waiting until at least early 2015 to buy a next gen console, and when I do, I will buy the XB1. It is more forward looking than the PS4 and I'm buying my console for much more than just games. I can only see myself buying less than a handful of games so the games are not the deciding factor for me. All of the things that "wowed" me are not included in the PS4. Having used the XB1 (a friend bought it), even the voice controls recognize my commands with a heavy Jamaican accent. XB1 feels "futuristic" to me while the PS4 is heavily focused on games, which is IMO, so last year. Don't worry, I'm used to getting "a good talking to for this opinion

Cheaper, more powerful, no DRM flip-flopping, no NSA spycam (Kinect). Yeah, I'd say the PS4 has the edge over the Xbone.

and a PC has the edge over everything a console has, just not the exclusive games

Hopefully one day in the not to distant future the hardware platform/vendor will be irrelevant and it will be only about the content - which will run on anything thing... what size would you like that sir? should be the only consideration...

Simon Fowkes said,
and a PC has the edge over everything a console has, just not the exclusive games

Oh I agree. That's why Steam OS / Machines are interesting. It's the power of PC gaming in the living room.

Simon Fowkes said,

Hopefully one day in the not to distant future the hardware platform/vendor will be irrelevant and it will be only about the content - which will run on anything thing... what size would you like that sir? should be the only consideration...

That unfortunately will only happen when all software is non-proprietary. But I'm for that idea in principle. It's slowly happening anyway if you consider how OpenGL is being ubiquitous.

> just not the exclusive games

Technically speaking PC has the edge there too, although admittedly its the AAA exclusive's (where consoles do generally lead) that I suspect most people are thinking of when they say that.

AAA is subjective tough. To me AAA refer more to the popularity than the quality of a game. Exclusive AAA games on console more often than never get "free" marketing from the hardware maker (in exhange of the exclusivity). On PC the marketing is the sole responsability of the developer and the publisher. There's no hardware maker behind to help market the exclusive games. nVidia and AMD do it a little bit but not on the same scale as Sony and Microsoft. A good example is Path of Exile. To me it's definately an AAA game. It's one of the game i enjoyed the most last year. Yet i'm sure lot of people never heard of it.

Meanwhile in another news, MS is telling people that its Xbone is selling more than Xbox 360. They are too timid to release the final sales number. I wonder what the sales would have been if they had implemented their delusional always on internet connection requirements.

MS has been living under rock for past 3 years as they screwed their company themselves than any of their competitors could have imagined.

I would have purchased an xbox one if it wasn't for the e3 shenanigans. But what it told me (even after back peddling) is that they have NO connection to their customer base. That, combined with the ****** paywall to use netflix and HBO made a PS4 a much more appealing prospect than the xbox one + surface RT + Windows 8 desktop combo even!

Auditor said,
Meanwhile in another news, MS is telling people that its Xbone is selling more than Xbox 360. They are too timid to release the final sales number. I wonder what the sales would have been if they had implemented their delusional always on internet connection requirements.

MS has been living under rock for past 3 years as they screwed their company themselves than any of their competitors could have imagined.

The only people who know about the "internet connection requirements" are techgeeks/gamers. Not just gamers, but techgeek/gamers. Regular people and gamers, i do not believe, even know about that controversial issue.

I think the biggest reason for PS4's success is simply the games. Make no mistake, the PS4 will have more games and the more "better" exclusives than the Xbox One. Not only that. but the PS4 (and PS3) have a more awesome entertainment hub than the Xbox One. LOL...why? You don't have to pay $40-$60 to access it, like Microsoft wants you to do with theirs.

Do you know what's wrong with Microsoft? They think and act like they are a monopoly. They think they can control their products and charge people for it, the same way they did so with Windows. Plus, there was a massive delusion with the Xbox 360. I think that Microsoft thought that there was actual "success" with the 360, that they can actually dictate consumer terms with the Xbox One. To have a one year headstart over the PS3, then to (later) sell pretty much the same amount of units at the end is a horrific FAIL. Also...all the tv stuff on the Xbox One, is plain stupid. Why pay $499 for that, when you can get that from your Cable/Satellite provider now or eventually anyway. Don't the TV providers offer DVRs because of the massive success and popularity of Tivo? Also when watching a sports game, who wants to sacrifice screen real estate for sports data? Microsoft's priorities off. Just not with Xbox, but with all divisions of the company.

I think the price is the main factor not the games. Both consoles right now have weak lineup. One is 100$ less. For lot of family 100$ is a big deal.

I think the fact that the PS3 had a strong 2013 probably does help too.

VictorWho said,

The only people who know about the "internet connection requirements" are techgeeks/gamers. Not just gamers, but techgeek/gamers. Regular people and gamers, i do not believe, even know about that controversial issue.

That's incorrect. Regular people heard about it, from their geek friends. But they didn't get the facts straight, and think it's worse than it was. At least, that's my experience.

Better games? Honestly, I cant name a game exclusive from PS4 and aside from some controvery, xbone. However, once Titanfall comes out xbone will have the best (semi) exclusive on console. And with the new SDK and party update in march xbone will be sitting just fine as far as games, features, and hardware. We will see what happens during this middle stage of the battle but I think xbone will be ahead of ps4 once titanfall comes out in total monthly sales. At least until something fantastic comes to ps4.

I predict that the PS4 is going to kill the Xbox One in terms of sales. Not doing to good because of public opinion. Even the gamestop employees are telling customers to purchase the PS4 instead because it is more powerful. Can Microsoft change the opinions?

Deihmos said,
I predict that the PS4 is going to kill the Xbox One in terms of sales. Not doing to good because of public opinion. Even the gamestop employees are telling customers to purchase the PS4 instead because it is more powerful. Can Microsoft change the opinions?

At some point, Sony will do what Sony does best - screw their customers, one way or another. That should help MS.

But for the next 6-12 monthers, Sony will most likely beat MS, since many of the early adopters are influenced by Sony-shills that somehow managed to convince everyone, that resolution is the only thing that matters in a game.

XorpiZ said,

At some point, Sony will do what Sony does best - screw their customers, one way or another. That should help MS.

But for the next 6-12 monthers, Sony will most likely beat MS, since many of the early adopters are influenced by Sony-shills that somehow managed to convince everyone, that resolution is the only thing that matters in a game.

1) Never got screwed by Sony. I've always been very happy with my PS3, the games, pricing, etc... Can you elaborate?

2) Resolution matters when console A runs a game @1080p 60FPS and Console B runs the same game @720p 30FPS

XorpiZ said,

since many of the early adopters are influenced by Sony-shills that somehow managed to convince everyone, that resolution is the only thing that matters in a game.

In Canada the XBox One, 2 controllers and one game cost 713$. Why do you think people spend that kind of money? A more than capable PC doesn't cost much more than that. Resolution does matter. Like it or not it does. Gfx does matter too. 1080p30 or 60 is the norm these days. End of story.

If gfx would not matter at all we would still be rocking the NES.

myxomatosis said,

1) Never got screwed by Sony. I've always been very happy with my PS3, the games, pricing, etc... Can you elaborate?

2) Resolution matters when console A runs a game @1080p 60FPS and Console B runs the same game @720p 30FPS

That's funny....but I have never been screwed by Sony either. LOL.

I find the resolution debate so silly. If you want high resolution and the best gfx get a pc; if you want to play halo and other ms exclusives get an xbox; if you like the games sony makes then get a ps4.

kaotic said,
I find the resolution debate so silly. If you want high resolution and the best gfx get a pc; if you want to play halo and other ms exclusives get an xbox; if you like the games sony makes then get a ps4.

I would maybe kind of agree with you if the One would be the same price as the 360 when it launched. But at 500$ it's starting to be expensive imo. At this price i think it is fair to expect 1080p30.

myxomatosis said,

1) Never got screwed by Sony. I've always been very happy with my PS3, the games, pricing, etc... Can you elaborate?

2) Resolution matters when console A runs a game @1080p 60FPS and Console B runs the same game @720p 30FPS

Rootkits, PS Network hacks and downtimes amongst other stuff. Yes, Sony does have a bad history - but one can hope, that they have learned.

Resolution doesn't matter no. A 720p game can easily look better than the same game running at 1080p. I'm not saying it's always the case here, but it's sad how people scream "1080p or ####!!", when many of them probably are running 1680x1050 or 1600x900 on their PC.

LaP said,

In Canada the XBox One, 2 controllers and one game cost 713$. Why do you think people spend that kind of money? A more than capable PC doesn't cost much more than that. Resolution does matter. Like it or not it does. Gfx does matter too. 1080p30 or 60 is the norm these days. End of story.

If gfx would not matter at all we would still be rocking the NES.

Why they spend that amount of money? Hopefully not to get a console that's more powerful than a PC - never gonna happen.

Most likely to play games from the comfort of their couch and not to worry about settings, tweaking, tuning and the like.

I never claimed graphics didn't matter - I merely stated that throwing resolution-numbers around is ridiculous. It makes no sense. Many Wii U games are 1080p/60fps, yet they look worse than 720p games does on the Xbox One.

XorpiZ said,
Rootkits, PS Network hacks and downtimes amongst other stuff. Yes, Sony does have a bad history - but one can hope, that they have learned.

Resolution doesn't matter no. A 720p game can easily look better than the same game running at 1080p. I'm not saying it's always the case here, but it's sad how people scream "1080p or ####!!", when many of them probably are running 1680x1050 or 1600x900 on their PC.


I'd say the PSN and Xbox RROD are on equal footing, being that they're both massive missteps for both companies. Rootkits are about as unrelated as Microsoft being a monopoly though.

If 720p can easily look better than 1080p, people wouldn't be making a big deal about it. Personally, I don't care that much one way or the other, but it's upsetting that between the two consoles, the cheaper one is at least being more consistent in having a higher resolution. At least, that's how I'd feel if I spent $100 more and they're not even on par.

If Sony can be criticized for the price of the PS3 at launch for having roughly the same power of the 360 (albeit, with a Bluray player), it wouldn't go without reason that Microsoft would be criticized for the Xbox One not being able to keep up, having a higher price tag to boot.

Personally, all I've gathered is that people have crap for memory.

People are making a big deal of the resolutions, since it's cool to hate Microsoft. Everyone knows how much BS is spewed around on the forums (neogaf and to some extent here as well).

The RROD was a disaster, but MS extended the warranty and made good for it. It can in no way be compared to the PSN hack - 77 million accounts. It is (or was, at least) the single largest hack in the history of the internet. Combine that with almost a month of outage and you get the image of a company which is incapable of running a service of that size.

I'm not saying that the PS4 isn't stronger - I'm merely saying, that if the only thing you value is power, you should get a PC.

I'm not planning on picking either a PS4 or X1 for a while (or at least until one of them has a single game i want), but right now based on hardware only I would lean heavily towards the PS4

That's not true, the PS4 has better hardware specs than the Xbone - mind you a PC could easily beat either, but does not have the exclusives.

I wish MS would make Xbone and PC Windows games work on either platform, so does not matter whether you own either or both - that would be so awesome IMHO

I am interested to see how many consoles Titanfall will move. I played the beta and its one of the best combat games I have played in years =). But I will get it on PC if I get it .

I am going to own both consoles but I am very interested in Direct x 11.2 and ESRAM on the XBOX One once the developers have got used to coding for it. Going to see alot prettier\detailed graphics form this idea with less powerfull hardware.

-adrian- said,
If it is for the hardware only you are better off with neither
And this is exactly why I said I have neither so far