After a long time of complete silence on the topic of sales figures, Sony Interactive Entertainment has finally revealed that PlayStation 4 has managed to sell (not ship!) 40 million units! In the context of the Xbox One vs PS4 competition this reiterates what people were saying in January i.e. the Xbox One is just half as good as PS4 at least in terms of sales.
This is so because only last month it was revealed by EEDAR statistics that the Xbox One has sold only 20 million units. Today it makes Sony’s sales exactly double what Microsoft has sold.
Xbox One vs PS4 Sales Update
Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) today announced that PlayStation®4 (PS4™) has cumulatively sold through more than 40 million units to consumers worldwide as of May 22, 2016, continuing to demonstrate the fastest-selling console in PlayStation® history.
Not only that, SIE has also revealed the approximated number of game copies that have been sold on the platform so far! According to their internal sales statistics data, “more than 270.9 million copies [have been] sold in retail stores globally and through digital downloads on PlayStation®Store as of May 22, 2016.” Is it even a console war anymore?
Andrew House, the President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment has sent out a message on this day, promising to deliver more of the same and better in the days to come. He even mentions Sony’s “unparalleled line-up of games” in what appears to be a jag at the Xbox One vs PS4 competition:
We are truly grateful for the enormous support from our fans and partners across the globe, which helped us achieve this significant milestone in such a short span of time. We will strive to deliver even more exciting gaming experiences to our users, further driving the momentum and accelerating the expansion of the PS4 platform and its business this fiscal year by offering an unparalleled line-up of games, bringing our virtual reality system, PlayStation VR, to market and providing ground-breaking features and network services.
Things are about to get even more interesting in the running fiscal month, as Sony has predicted they will touch 60 million units (in shipping) by the end of FY2017 i.e. by the end of March 2017.
Microsoft really needs to do something about alternate options.