News Round-Up: PS4 Breaks Records, Sells 2.1 Million Worldwide

News Round-Up: PS4 Breaks Records, Sells 2.1 Million Worldwide

Numbers, number everywhere! Persona 4 Golden & Dragon's Crown ship over 700,000 units each.

Following yesterday's news about the PlayStation 4 selling 250,000 systems in the United Kingdom, Sony has released official numbers for worldwide sales. According to Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House, the PlayStation 4 has sold 2.1 million units worldwide since launch.

"PS4?s North American debut on 15th November was PlayStation's largest ever, with more than one million gamers picking up a PS4 in just 24 hours," wrote House in an Official PlayStation Blog post. "Now, with PS4?s global launch expanding to a total of 32 countries worldwide, including Europe and Latin America, I'm proud to announce that more than 2.1 million PS4s have been sold."

The PS4 launch lines turned into real sales.

How is the Xbox One stacking up? Microsoft is not giving out concrete numbers, but Microsoft Xbox vice president Yusuf Mehdi told Ars Technica that the company is "seeing record breaking sales and [we] are selling every Xbox One we can make." If Microsoft had beat Sony's 2.1 million, you can bet they would've said something, so their sales must be sitting somewhere south of that number.

Sony is expected to keep up the momentum when it comes to making PS4s. Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter has told investors that he expects Sony to ship 1 million PS4s per month.

"We expect Sony to continue to ship 1 million consoles per month, so as of the end of January, we believe Sony will have manufactured a cumulative 5 million consoles and will have shipped 4.25 - 4.5 million," Pachter said in an investor's note.

Can they sell all 5 million? That'll be something special if it happens.

Atlus Is Making Money

Sega's newest subsidiary has hit two milestones today. The first is the announcement that Persona 4 Golden has shipped 700,000 copies worldwide. This is good news for the series, as Atlus announced Persona 5 and a number of spinoff games two weeks ago. According to a translation by Gematsu, the company is celebrating with a PSN sale on the game in Japan, dropping the price from 5,980 yen ($58.40) to 4,980 yen ($48.63). But we know who the real winners are, don't we USgamers? Persona 4 Golden is still $19.99 at GameStop and Amazon.

Also, the Atlus-published Dragon's Crown has shipped over 800,000 copies, a number which includes digital download sales across PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. According to Siliconera, Dragon's Crown is also getting a discount in Japan that won't make it's way to our shores. The thrifty can find the game for $30 on Vita.

Final Fantasy XIV PS4: Save The Date!

If you've been waiting for Final Fantasy XIV on PlayStation 4, Square Enix has finally given a release date for the title. The worldwide beta test will begin on February 22, 2014 and the game will launch in April. No specific date in April was given. FFXIV producer Naoki Yoshida will be showing off the PS4 version of the game during Producer Letter Live #11 on on Saturday, December 14th, 2013 at the FFXIV Lodestone.

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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