Sony has released some surprise sales numbers for the PlayStation 4 tonight, stating that the console has now been bought over 2.1 million times world-wide. Since the console's flabbergasting 1 million sales in 24 hours on November 15, the PlayStation 4 has launched in a total of 32 countries. That amounts to an additional 1.1 million sales in the 18 days after the North America launch.
For comparison's sake, the Xbox One sold 1 million units in 24 hours, but in 13 different territories. An equally tremendous feat in terms of sales in 24-hours, not to mention simple logistics. Whether that proves significant, a world-wide release or a single territory, may be clearer should Microsoft release their sales numbers again in the comin weeks.
At least from what I can tell, both consoles are selling out across the world. At least from my perspective, it seems like Microsoft is ramping up production for the United States while Sony is spreading the wealth a little more healthily. None of it makes any difference of course until we start to see sales begin to taper off and consoles start showing up on store shelves. That's when the leader will emerge; that's when we'll know just how hungry for next-gen gamers have been.
Congratulations to Sony for their extremely impressive sales numbers, but more so congratulations to gamers for saying loudly that this long without a new console is too long. We are hungry for better technology, more features, and whatever Sony has planned next. For now though, let's take advantage of everything the PlayStation 4 has to offer.