Yesterday, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One has sold over 3 million units since its launch on November 22, 2013. That's a damn good start for any system, but we were left wondering how Sony's numbers matched up with an earlier launch date (November 15, 2013) and a larger number of launch markets (32 countries vs. Xbox One's 13 countries).
Today during the Sony keynote presentation at CES 2014, Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House announced that the PlayStation has sold over 4.2 million units since launch. That's an additional 2.1 million in the 35 days since Sony announced the system had sold 2.1 million worldwide. At the Tokyo Games Show in September, House said the company expected to sell 5 million PS4s by the end of March 2014, a number it looks like they'll definitely pass.
Systems sales aren't all that was released in this tale of the tape. From launch until December 31, 2013, 9.7 million PlayStation 4 games were sold, including physical and digital copies. The best-selling titles included Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, and Killzone: Shadow Fall. Subscriptions to PlayStation Plus were up 90 percent worldwide, but that's probably because online play now requires the service.
Sony is also big on the live-streaming capabilities of the PlayStation 4, noting there have been 800,000 gameplay broadcasts and more than 7.1 million spectator session on Twitch and Ustream. Twitch was happy to announce the between December 23, 2013 and January 3, 2014, 20 percent of Twitch's broadcasters were PlayStation 4 owners.
"Ever since we began working with the major console platform companies, we were confident the integration of live broadcasting to Twitch would be a game changer," said Matthew DiPietro, VP Marketing, Twitch. "Based on our success with PlayStation 4, which currently represents twenty percent of our broadcaster base, our vision was on the mark. We envision a day when broadcasting your gameplay is a ubiquitous piece of the gaming experience. We're well on our way."
So, those folks are pretty excited and Twitch streaming hasn't even come to Xbox One yet.
Sony's PlayStation 4 has yet to launch in the company's home country of Japan, leaving the market to its older platforms and Nintendo's offerings. The Japanese launch is currently scheduled for February 22, 2014, so it'll be interesting to see if Sony can repeat its worldwide success at home.