Sony Announces 7M PlayStation 4s Sold, While Microsoft Remains Silent
Sony (NYSE:SNE) has announced that, as of April 6, the company has sold more than 7 million units of its PlayStation 4 gaming console. The system went on sale in much of the world, including the United States, on November 29 of last year, and on February 22 of this year in Japan. Sony added that the consoles are selling so rapidly that it’s having trouble making enough units to meet consumer demand. Andrew House, the president and group chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment, said in a statement, “Although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers.” It’s not just PlayStation 4 hardware that’s selling well, either. Disc-based and digital software sales reached 20.5 million copies worldwide as of April 13, the company said. Meanwhile, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) — Sony’s chief competitor in top-of-the-line video game hardware — has been more tight-lipped with the sales figures for its Xbox One console. In March, it released a blog post saying that the Xbox One continued to be the company’s most successful launch in Xbox history, gaining momentum faster than the original Xbox and the Xbox 360. They cited numbers published by the research firm The NPD Group that said 258,000 Xbox One units had sold in the month of February. Sony, on the other hand, has been anything but sheepish with their sales figures. Last month they announced they had sold 6 million units, thanks in part to a boost from the console’s launch in Japan. Prior to that, in February, they said they’d sold 5.3 million units. Things should continue to speed up for both consoles as more games come out, however. Many of the games currently available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are also available for their previous-generation counterparts, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. But more recently, both consoles are starting to get some major exclusive titles. For the PlayStation 4, the game inFAMOUS: Second Son was well received by critics when it released on March 21. Titanfall, a game that’s exclusive to the Xbox One for the time being, was similarly well received. In Sony’s sales announcement, the company also point toward a number of games coming out this year: “The PS4 system’s games portfolio will continue to expand with highly anticipated titles such as Destiny (Activision), The Elder Scrolls Online (Bethesda), Alien: Isolation (SEGA), NBA 2K15 (2K), Watch_Dogs (Ubisoft Entertainment), #DRIVECLUB (SCE WWS), MLB 14: The Show (SCE WWS) and The Order 1886 (SCE WWS). The independent development community continues to deliver innovative new titles for PS4. Upcoming games for 2014 include N++ (Metanet Software), GALAK-Z: The Dimensional (17 Bit Games), Transistor (Supergiant Games), Secret Ponchos (Switchblade Monkeys Entertainment), The Witness (Thekla, Inc.), Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Young Horses) and Daylight (Zombie Studios).” Most of those titles aren’t PlayStation 4 exclusives, so they’ll help bolster sales for both Microsoft and Sony. One other factor that is surely helping Sony sell more systems than Microsoft is that the PlayStation 4 retails at $400, while the Xbox One sells for $500. The $100 difference is usually attributed to the Kinect peripheral that comes packaged with every Xbox One console.