Sony Announces 7M PlayStation 4s Sold, While Microsoft Remains Silent
Sony (NYSE:SNE) has announced that, as of April 6, the company has sold more than 7 million units of its PlayStation 4 gaming console. The system went on sale in much of the world, including the United States, on November 29 of last year, and on February 22 of this year in Japan. Sony added that the consoles are selling so rapidly that it’s having trouble making enough units to meet consumer demand. Andrew House, the president and group chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment, said in a statement, “Although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers.” It’s not just PlayStation 4 hardware that’s selling well, either. Disc-based and digital software sales reached 20.5 million copies worldwide as of April 13, the company said. Meanwhile, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) — Sony’s chief competitor in top-of-the-line video game hardware — has been more tight-lipped with the sales figures for its Xbox One console. In March, it released a blog post saying that the Xbox One continued to be the company’s most successful launch in Xbox history, gaining momentum faster than the original Xbox and the Xbox 360. They cited numbers published by the research firm The NPD Group that said 258,000 Xbox One units had sold in the month of February. Sony, on the other hand, has been anything but sheepish with their sales figures. Last month they announced they had sold 6 million units, thanks in part to a boost from the console’s launch in Japan. Prior to that, in February, they said they’d sold 5.3 million units.