Sony was keen to let the world know that the North American debut of the PlayStation 4 ended with record breaking results. With just north of one million units sold in the North American region in the first 24-hours alone, it was evident that Sony’s next-gen console had captured the imagination of users. In the time that has followed, the PS4 has become available in a total of thirty-two different countries, with Sony officially announcing that more than 2.1 million consoles shipped during the month of November.
We already knew that the November 15th debut of the new console was the company’s most successful launch of a PlayStation product. More than one million units sold in 24-hours is a significant achievement, something which was topped off by Sony selling 250,000 PS4 units in just 48-hours in the UK. That achievement is made even more impressive when you consider that Microsoft achieved the same sales figures with the Xbox One across multiple territories, not just in North America. Sony’s expansion into countries like Europe, Asia and Latin America has seen consumers greet the console with the same excitement and enthusiasm that created such a buzz on the first day of availability.
The PS4 global sales update has been made through the official PlayStation Blog, with President and Group CEO Andrew House choosing to be lyrical not only about the record-setting sales figures, but also the gamers who have purchased the console:
It’s an impressive and record-setting accomplishment for our company and for our industry, and we couldn’t have done it without you. I want to personally thank PlayStation fans, both old and new, for your vote of confidence. The best part: the PS4 journey has just begun. In addition to an incredible lineup of PS4 games from the best developers in the world, we will continue to introduce valuable new features and services to PS4 in the months and years ahead.
It seems the future looks bright for Sony’s PlayStation division. The console may have only been available for a period of two weeks, but the consumer reviews of the hardware seem to be overwhelmingly positive. Sony is yet to launch the console into every corner of the market, with a number of locations around the world yet to benefit from the future of gaming. As game publishers start to realize the power of the hardware and produce games accordingly, it’ll be extremely interesting to keep an eye on adoption figures of the PlayStation 4.