Sony’s PlayStation 4 can add another successful launch to its list of early achievements. After reaching 1 million sales in 24 hours in North America, Sony announced the PS4 has topped 2 million sales, following the console’s launch in Europe and Latin America.
On Nov. 15, the PS4 launched in just two markets, the United States and Canada, and sold a million units. The next-gen system launched in Europe and Latin America on Nov. 29, expanding to 32 countries, and the console continued to break records. Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, announced the sales figures in a PlayStation blog post.
“With PS4’s global launch expanding to a total of 32 countries worldwide, including Europe and Latin America, I’m proud to announce that more than 2.1 million PS4s have been sold,” House said, going on to thank the gamers who purchased the console and promise new features and updates in the future.
Prior to the PS4’s launch in North America, Sony stated it wanted to sell 3 million consoles by the end of fiscal year 2013, adding another 2 million to the sales total after the Japan launch in February. The console got a huge boost with its overseas rollout and was a big hit in the U.K. According to EuroGamer, the PS4 sold 250,000 units in 48 hours, citing figures collected by Chart-Track. The PS4 outperformed the Xbox One during the same launch window. Microsoft’s next-gen system sold 150,000 units in 48 hours when it was launched on Nov. 22, reports MCV.
With all the focus on comparing the two consoles, one Black Friday report is drawing plenty of scrutiny. InfoScout reported the Xbox One outsold the PS4 on that critical shopping day by a pretty wide margin. Time’s Matt Peckham said InfoScout’s methods were not really representative of actual sales and, despite the desire to pick a winner, both consoles are doing extremely well. After the initial launch buzz and the holiday sales, the PS4 and Xbox One will face further scrutiny as more games are released and more features, such as Xbox One's Kinect, become better utilized.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.