Over one million PlayStation 4s sold in 24 hours just in North America. 2.1 million sold over nineteen days as the console also launched in Europe. And now 4.2 million consoles sold world-wide, Sony confirmed today during a CES keynote by Kaz Hirai. Four point two million PlayStation 4s in less than two months. That's makes the PS4 the fastest selling console ever, which is both awesome and terrifying.
Why terrifying? Because the PlayStation 4 has yet to even launch in one of it's likely leading territories -- its home country of Japan. Launching on February 22, recent polls in Japan have shown that when asked which console they would purchase right now if given the option chose the PlayStation 4 second to just the Nintendo 3DS. That is to say, it's almost certain to be a hit in the region. 4.2 million sales is just the starting line.
On top of that, the PlayStation 4 continues to be sold out at retail. Each time online retailers come into stock of the console it's sold in a matter of hours, if not minutes. As yet, Sony has yet to reach the hump where they're putting out enough PS4s to meet demand. When will it stop? Somewhere between 5-10 million seems likely, but the sky is the limit here.
As impressive as the number itself is, it's even more significant when considering Microsoft announced just yesterday that the Xbox One has sold 3.1 million units. Yesterday those numbers seemed awe inspiring. Today, well, they still are, but it makes Sony's extra million sales even more insane. The PlayStation 4 was launched just a week in advance of the Xbox One and has sold 1.1 million more consoles. In less than two months. Together, the Xbox One and PS4 have sold over 7 million pieces of hardware.
It's good to be a gamer. Let's make with the next-gen games already.