PlayStation 4 launches in Japan, pushes global sales toward 6 million

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The PlayStation 4 debuted in Sony’s home turf of Japan on February 22, and over 322,000 units were sold in two days, according to Famitsu (via Polygon). The Japanese launch marks the final major release of the console, and adds to the reported sales totals of 5.3 million units shipped globally.

To put those numbers in perspective, Sony sold 1 million PS4s in its first 24 hours, North America. To further contextualize that, when the PlayStation 3 launched in Japan on November 11, 2006, it sold under 90,000 in its first two days.

Sony is on a hot streak right now. In January, it reported that the PS4 was the top-selling console in North America, nearly doubling the Xbox One in sales. It then touted that the new system sold over 5.3 million units between its November 15, 2013 launch and February 8, 2014. If the numbers hold, don’t be surprised to see sales topping 6 million by the end of February and 7 million or more by the end of March. The PS4 is well on its way to crushing the early sales numbers of its predecessor, which took nearly nine months to sell 5.63 million.

Update: This article has been updated to correct an error that stated the PS4 sold one million in its first 24 hours in multiple regions. The PS4 sold 1 million units in North America alone on its launch. The PS4 then sold another 1 million in 30 regions following the November 29 global launches, raising the total sold to 2.1 million by December 3.


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