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PlayStation 4 sales finally slowing down in the West, but still strong
PlayStation 4 sales finally slowing down in the West, but still strong
March 4, 2014 | By Mike Rose

March 4, 2014 | By Mike Rose
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Sony today announced that its PlayStation 4 console has sold 6 million units worldwide, following the launch of the device in Japan last month.

The company said that the PS4 sold 370,000 units in its opening weekend in Japan -- notably more than Famitsu originally reported -- and this launch has helped to bump the total sales figures over 6 million.

Since the PS4 had sold 5.3 million units before then, this means that the PS4 has sold an additional 330,000 units in regions outside of Japan in the last several weeks.

If you compare that figure to the 1.1 million units sold in the six weeks prior, it's clear that PS4 sales are finally slowing down after a rather successful launch and holiday period -- yet are still remaining relatively strong.

Notably, this means that the PS4 has now surpassed the latest figures given by Nintendo for total Wii U sales (the Wii U currently sits at 5.86 million units sold as of December 31, 2013.)


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Innes McNiel
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The 5.3 million unit number includes up until the 8th of February, which actually makes the numbers a lot more even.

Mike Rose
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Hey Innes, that's correct - that's why I say that the console has sold 330,000 units outside Japan in the last several weeks.

Merc Hoffner
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(meanwhile all's quiet on the Microsoft front).

In all seriousness, the launch period is still having effects for Sony at least, and they will be prolonged by the staggered Japanese launches before we reach equilibrium (Xbox one still isn't out there, but no one has a clue if that will be anything more than a blip), but equilibria do appear to be emerging: Xbox one is doing marginally better week to week than Wii U, and PS4 is doing >2X better than Xbox One before factoring in Japan. Post launch the generation is emerging much like the 5th or 6th generations. There usually is one runaway hit with the others positioning for sustainability - it's only the last generation where industry support failed to correlate with that runaway hit.

Kevin Clough
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Every available ps4 is being sold, so it seems that the only reason you are seeing a "slow down in the west" is that units have been diverted to the Japan launch. I'm surprised we aren't hearing more about how xb1 is barely outselling Wii u (based on vgchartz). It is a good time to be a ps4 gamer - look at all the games coming in march (5 smaller titles and infamous).

Jarod Smiley
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March actually does look really good...

For X1 is TitanFall, it really does seem to be the highlight of the platform so far.

But for PS4, it is Infamous, and likely MGS:GZ (a lot of fans on PS consoles still I surmise) but also sharing some of the spotlight is these smaller titles that I actually may end up spending a lot more time with. Never got a chance to play Fez, waiting for Minecraft on PS4 (hopes its x-play with Vita) and liking what I'm seeing in the diversity all around. Hopefully a bit more Japanese support comes our way or Sony publishes some Tales games to broaden the lineup, but I can't say I'm not impressed with PS4's game output in March. Hopefully Drive Club is also set for that April 9th date that was leaked.

Nathan Mates
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Titanfall is also out on X360 and PC. If a group of say 10 friends has 3 with X1, 5 with quality gaming-capable PCs, and 10 with X360, which version of Titanfall will sell? What hardware will sell? That's a very hypothetical situation, but given the installed base of the platforms, if a set of friends want to play together, they may chose the lowest common denominator.


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