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PlayStation 4 sales soar past 40 million as Sony heads into E3

By Shawn Knight
May 26, 2016
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  1. It’s nothing but smiles over at Sony as the Japanese company said on Thursday that it has sold more than 40 million PlayStation 4 consoles since launch. That’s a healthy increase from the 30 million units sold milestone it crossed just six months ago and likely further extends its lead over rival Microsoft and its Xbox One.

    Andrew House, president and global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said they are truly grateful for the enormous support from fans and partners across the globe, which helped them achieve this significant milestone in such a short span of time.

    Comparing PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sales is tricky as Microsoft hasn’t publicly shared numbers since November 2014. At that time, Yusuf Mehdi, devices and studios chief, said the Xbox One was on pace to hit the 10 million mark “shortly.”

    It’s worth clarifying that Mehdi was referring to devices shipped to retailers, rather than actual sales to consumers.

    As PCMag points out, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen estimated in January that the combined install base of both consoles was around 55 million. Sony was at roughly 35.9 million sold at that point which would put the Xbox One at around 19.1 million. More recent estimates from VGChartz peg Xbox One sales at 21.1 million.

    For what it’s worth, the Wii U is believed to have sold only 12.9 million consoles since launch.

    With any luck, maybe Microsoft will reveal updated numbers at E3 next month.

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  2. WangDangDoodle

    WangDangDoodle TS Addict Posts: 199   +71

    Ignoring the Kinect debacle, and associated privacy concerns, I always felt that Microsoft lacked a sense of direction with the Xbox One. Sony was straight up from the get-go, saying: "The Playstation 4 is a gaming console." I don't muck about with consoles anymore, but I'm happy to see Sony stick it to Microsoft.

    To me, consoles haven't felt right since the SNES. I love the concept of cartridges, which is why I'm really excited to see what Nintendo is brewing up these days. I'm very likely in for another disappointment, because they always have to ruin everything with stupid motion sensor controllers, and/or just plain terrible designs.
     
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  3. gingerbill

    gingerbill TS Addict Posts: 227   +50

    I loved my xbox 360 and was all set to buy an xboxone , then MS started there nonsense and I started wavering , then I seen the system specs and there was only one choice. It took probably too long for some good games to come out but there's plenty now. My Pc is still my favourite but I'm very happy with the PS4 as well.
     
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  4. WangDangDoodle

    WangDangDoodle TS Addict Posts: 199   +71

    PC all the way, absolutely! I still have my Xbox 360 Slim. I bought it just to play Alan Wake, an Xbox exclusive which suddenly popped up on Steam a year later. Lesson learned. Nowadays I only use my Xbox to watch Netflix on the big screen. I might invest in a new console if and when 4K/60FPS Blu-Ray becomes a thing.
     
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  5. lripplinger

    lripplinger TS Addict Posts: 260   +90

    Eh...so console peasants are to rejoice at their old, outdated hardware sales?
     
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  6. DaveBG

    DaveBG TS Addict Posts: 231   +75

    PC > PS4 > nothing > xbox
     
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