Sony notches up 6m global sales of PlayStation 4 consoles

4 Mar 2014

Consumer electronics giant Sony has revealed that sales of its PlayStation 4 (PS4) games console have reached 6m units worldwide. This also includes the 370,000 units sold through in Japan since its launch on 22 February.

The Japanese company revealed that sales of PS4 games software have reached more than 13.7m copies in both physical and download formats.

More than half of PS4 owners have subscribed to the PS Plus membership service and more than 100m shares of gaming moments have been made via the ‘Share’ button on the PS4 handset.

More than 3.6m gameplay broadcasts streamed from consoles via Twitch and Ustream were viewed 56m times.

In addition, the PlayStation app has been installed more than 3.6m times onto iOS and Android OS tablets and smartphones.

“I am absolutely delighted that PS4 is off to such a great start in Japan,” said Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) Inc.  

“The responses we have received for the PS4 system’s integrated social capabilities have been phenomenal, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that gamers are utilising these unique features to engage, share, play and connect with users around the world.  

“SCE will continue to expand the world of PlayStation by growing its library of breakthrough games and bringing more innovative features and services only possible on PS4,” House said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years