PS4 Vs. Xbox One: Sony Console Sales Reach 7 Million, Microsoft Remains Tight-Lipped

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on April 17 2014 11:48 AM
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Sony's PS4 has reached more than 7 million in sales. Courtesy/Sony

Sony’s PlayStation 4 sales have surpassed 7 million units worldwide as of April 6, according to a report on the official PlayStation blog.

“On behalf of the entire global team at PlayStation, I want to thank you for your unprecedented support and for making PS4 your next-generation console of choice,” said social media director Sid Shuman. “We couldn’t have done this without you! And please keep the feedback coming: we are listening.”

PS4 software sales have sold more than 20.5 million units between retailers and the PlayStation store as of April 13.

Shuman also promised players a new software update for the PS4 was on its way.

In early January, Sony President and Group CEO Andrew House revealed that 4.2 million PlayStation 4s had been sold worldwide as of Dec. 28, 2013. House made the announcement at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas. The Japanese electronics brand added that the PS4 was their most successful console launch of all time.

"The momentum of the PS4 system keeps getting stronger and we couldn't be more thrilled gamers worldwide are enjoying the incredibly immersive gaming experiences along with deep social capabilities and entertainment provided by our network," House stated. "After a remarkable launch, we look forward to bringing even more exciting content and continuing to explore the power of the PS4 system by adding new features and services, including PlayStation Now, in 2014."

The PlayStation 4, which launched in North America on Nov. 15, reportedly sold 1 million units within the first 24 hours of its launch, which led to 2.1 million consoles sold internationally as of early December. One week later, the PS4’s next-gen competitor, Microsoft’s Xbox One, launched in 13 countries on Nov. 22. Microsoft Chief Marketing and Strategy Office Yusuf Mehdi also made an announcement during January regarding the details of Xbox One sales, saying the console sold 3 million units by the end of December 2013.

Sony is touting its next-gen console as a gamer-oriented device, unlike, the Xbox One, which is being marketed as more of an all-encompassing entertainment center. The PS4 has received generally positive reviews overall.

Gaming site Polygon gave the system an overall score of 7.5 out of 10, saying “the PS4 hints at plenty of possibilities. The Playstation app and even the Playstation camera may provide opportunities for developers to broaden the appeal of the Playstation 4 beyond the hardcore audience it currently seems so intent on courting.” Polygon pointed out that the social aspects of the PS4 could be somewhat invasive, allowing players to view what games their friends are playing and when they’re livestreaming. This feature is “difficult to parse” and “is indicative of too many options.”

Microsoft hasn’t revealed any recent sales figures for its Xbox One.

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