10 Million PS4’s Sold…And Nobody Knows Why

"You could call it a mini PlayStation Now."

It sounds great that the PS4 is leading the pack with 10 million units sold in less than a year. Yet somehow, that fact is a little disheartening to Shuhei Yoshida.

“It’s just beyond our imagination. We are so happy. But I for one am a bit nervous because we do not completely understand what’s happening. You need to understand why your products are selling well so you can plan for the future, right? It defied the conventional thinking. Lots of people thought the dedicated game hardware might not be needed going forward, but still lots of people are very excited. When you see the new games coming out and being announced this E3 and Gamescom, I think there’s a good enough reason for a gamer to believe this is something worth investing in.”

How big of a lead the PS4 has in sales over the Xbox One is speculative since they do not report the numbers exactly the same. Sony reports 10 million in sales as of Gamescom whilst Microsoft reports 5 millions units shipped as of April 2014. The conventional and popular theory is that the gap is closing since the Kinect was removed from the Xbox One but there are no solid or public numbers to prove this.

Yoshida may well be right to ponder why Sony’s console is selling so well if only to ensure that it continues to do so since Microsoft is working hard to increase its sales.

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Paul Novak is a self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing in the west side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet. Found here at What’s Your Tag? and on the Twitter @dudewantshisrug. Game on with Team XBRO!

22 comments

  1. I don’t really understand why they have sold so many. Don’t get me wrong, they have a good console. But it’s not exactly anything ground breaking, and they don’t exactly have many blockbuster games out for it yet.
    Personally I think people are just jumping on the bandwagon. I think people are looking around and thinking “Well its sold so many, therefore it MUST be good. So I should get one too.”
    From talking to people on forums etc… I know of a lot of people who are now saying their PS4’s are gathering dust.

    1. Both the PS4 and Xbox One are suffering from a lack of games. My one thought is that Sony is still benefitting from the backlash against Microsoft. I’m very curious to see updated sales numbers for the Xbox One but Microsoft doesn’t appear to be too anxious to give any numbers.

      1. This was basically my thinking, too: not to dull their victory, but I think a lot of their sales will be from people who wanted to spite MS. That being said, if you absolutely have to have a new console in your life, (and a WiiU is out of the question because you hate fun,) then it makes sense to go for the PS4 since, as far as I’ve seen, it currently offers a better deal in terms of price, hardware and variety of games, now that Sony is buddying up to the indie market.

        What I’m more curious about than raw sales figures, though, is active users. My friend, for example, bought a PS4 on release because he had the cash and, hey, next gen, but has since admitted to me that he completely regrets it and that he hasn’t switched it on for about five or six months because there’s next to nothing worth playing on it that he couldn’t already get on his PC or PS3.

        I’ve been pretty loyal to Sony for the last two generations, so I’m happy to see them doing well, but that ten million figure utterly baffles me.

      2. The only number I’ve seen from Sony lately was the PS Plus subscriber base. That doesn’t reflect how many people are using a particular console however.

    2. For those looking to have current gen consoles, it should be a choice based on overall value. Exclusives really have not made much of a difference to this point and each console has decent, not great, game library. PS Plus appears to be a swaying point seeing that Sony announced that 50% of PS4 owners are also Plus subscribers. Microsoft’s lack luster, at best, Games with Gold hasn’t been as attractive as the PS Plus giveaways.

      1. If you’re on a budget, PS4’s freebies in comparison to Microsoft’s are much, much better. Microsoft’s Games With Gold is slowly improving, and we know that PSN Plus took a while to catch on as well, but for Xbox Live Gold being more money than PSN Plus and offering less in terms of face value, I can kind of see why some may be swayed to the Sony side of things.

    3. Both my PS4 and Xbox One are gathering dust, but I generally use my Xbox One for apps like Netflix, Hulu, and WWE Network over my PS4. Each console has maybe 3 retail released games worth playing, and whatever indies are great are typically on Steam and/or potentially cheaper.

      I think more folks flocked to Sony’s side of the ship after the famous Xbox E3 2013 presentation where they just went out and stabbed themselves in the chest. They basically just sold the PS4 for Sony at that point, and a lot of consumers just went with what the majority was buying I think.

      1. Yea I agree, E3 and the reveal really messed things up for Microsoft.
        They are starting to repair that damage, but it will take time.
        I just find it funny that 1 year down the line, Sony are now starting to talk about the things that MS wanted to do. Motion gaming, TV service etc… But loads of people love it.
        I do also think its a bandwagon thing. It’s like it’s ‘cool’ to hate on Xbone at the moment or something.

      2. Absolutely. I remember watching the Microsoft E3 presentation this year and being really interested in the exclusives they talked about. And then I went to the PS3 presentation and the crowd was just all over everything, even The Order trailer that was just a quick-time event and terrible cover-shooter gameplay. And when they spent an hour or so talking about TV programming and all that jazz and people were interested, I was like.. where the hell were you people when Microsoft introduced this last year?

      3. Sony is presenting more as an option whereas Microsoft tired to make those things the main case for the console. The last E3 and Gamescom showed that Microsoft is back to making games the focus for the Xbox One. Other services are fine and I feel they can still pursue them(hence the release of a Reddit app and others) but the core element of the console should be the games.

      4. I think it also has a lot to do with timing on Sony’s part. Microsoft offered the TV options prior to launch when everyone wanted to see a brand new game console, not something that plays sports and call of duty and sports and call of duty. Now that a lot of folks have invested in the PS4, Sony can test the waters with a few ideas and see what works and what doesn’t. With not much to play on the console, I’d be looking for more ways to enjoy it myself.

      5. Microsoft is still in the race at this point but they are more fighting themselves than anything. Perhaps it just a case that people are raging against the Microsoft machine not realizing Sony is just as much a machine.

  2. Probably it sells because: a) people wanted the new gen hardware to come at last and save them from coping with the jagged, downgraded graphics of the console games in the final days of the previous one, b) both M$ and Nintendo screwed badly with their own attempts – with XB1 being an undercooked pile of missed concept ideas lacking sheer power and WiiU nothing more than slightly upgraded version of what PS3 and X360 could offer, equipped with the fancy controller.

    That, plus Sony proved it could care enough about its retiring platform to keep providing it with the quality content until very end, contrary to how M$ dealt with the task. Seriously, when it came to consumers having to decide what one platform to pick for years to come, the memory of late marvels such as The Last of Us or Gran Turismo 6 did play its part I believe. The PS4’s library may still be lacking, but Sony simply deserved the easy winning it’s scoring this gen.

    1. The console race is far from over and Microsoft is making efforts to compete better. Oddly enough, I think some of their efforts will result in further backlash. Making Rise of the Tomb Raider a console exclusive, even if only for a time, could cause more ill will towards Microsoft with even more gamers feeling burned. From my perspective, I own all four consoles, current and last gen for both platforms, and I played the first Tomb Raider on PS3. I do not plan to buy Rise of the Tomb Raider for the Xbox One even though I own the console. I would rather play it on the PS4 and I’ll take a chance on waiting to see if it does come to the console.

      1. The problem is Microsoft, with their machine doing poorly at the moment and, other than Halo, a substantial lack of selling first party IPs, yet with tons of cash on their hands, may turn into a malignant form of cancer eating up the game industry little by little, all while exploiting any means to save XB1’s sales. The Rise of the Tomb Raider case is a blatant portent of what may come if they won’t be put on halt. “We don’t have our own Uncharted? No problem, let’s stoop Square with money and claim Tomb Raider as our own”. This time it is just, still only purportedly, a deal limited in time, but as I’ve said, Microsoft has both means and the motivation to start screwing the industry by going on and apropriating what they couldn’t have come up with themselves due to shortage in their creative teams’ power.

      2. Sony is throwing a good bit of money at exclusives as well but they haven’t gone after any big titles like Tomb Raider to make exclusive. New IP’s have been announced as exclusive and other remakes/remaster have been ‘first to console’ exclusives.

        The Uncharted comparison is somewhat humorous to me because Microsoft does have a huge action/adventure exclusive game, Halo. That franchise has probably out sold Tomb Raider and Uncharted combined. Microsoft just hasn’t capitalized it on the new console but Sony hasn’t gotten Uncharted on their new console either.

    2. As someone who was primarily an Xbox gamer for the majority of the last console generation, I completely agree that Microsoft basically stopped giving a shit about the 360 as soon as the Xbox One was announced. The last good exclusives we saw were Halo 4 and, to a much lesser extent, Gears of War Judgment. Yet the PS3 piled on the exclusives, like you mentioned, The Last of Us, Gran Turismo 6, Final Fantasy XIV, and the constant flow of RPG’s to carry that niche crowd. Sony still seems invested in the PS3 because they know a ton of consumers are still using it.

      Even the free games on PS3 through PSN Plus have been miles beyond what you’d get via Games With Gold. My 360 is now my “other room netflix box”. which is sad, while I still play my PS3 fairly often.

      1. Microsoft seemed to give the feel that the 360 was now just a trade-in value for the Xbox One. They couldn’t even commit to releasing Titanfall and it’s DLC at the same time on both platforms and made 360 players wait for the same content.

      2. At least Titanfall on the 360 was still a really solid experience for those who either didn’t have a good enough PC, or hadn’t made the jump to current-gen yet, rather than giving them a half-assed port to say “here, now you see what you can get on our shiny new console.”

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