When it comes to Sony PlayStation 4 availability, the new PS4 console scarcity continues as the number of units sold has topped the 2 million mark since launch date. The latest reports arrive after the big shopping days have passed, but as consumers continue to try to get their hands on the rare video game system, along with Microsoft's Xbox One.
On Dec. 3, Tech Radar reported that global sales of the PS4 gaming system topped 2.1 million consoles sold as of Dec. 1, 2013. That number includes 700,000 units sold in Europe and the other 32 countries the console is available now. While these are strong early sales, the company may be looking for numbers to skyrocket as the holidays approach. However, PS4 availability has been tough, with some desperate gamers forking out big bucks for the console on websites such as Amazon.com and eBay's auction site.
Andrew House, who is the President and Group CEO of Sony said via a press release that, "demand remains incredibly strong and continues to overwhelm the supply worldwide." Sony believes that even with this in mind, the consoles will continue to sell, and also to evolve. They've noted that in the months and years ahead there will be "new features and services" added to the video game console.
For someone trying to buy a PlayStation 4 right now, unless a rare PS4 box is spotted in a retails store, prices are around $800 or more online. That includes the PS4's selling at Amazon as well as eBay. Games are readily available, and some have been offered as promotions or specials during the recent shopping extravaganzas in retail stores or online.
The Sony PS4 console launched on Nov. 15, while the Xbox One launched one week later on Friday, Nov. 22. It's expected that Microsoft will release similar sales figures to the PS4, but there has yet to be any official news given on units sold for the Xbox One. However, it is known that they sold over a million consoles during launch and also had strong sales through the holiday weekend.