Two weeks ago Sony launched the PlayStation 4 in Japan upping it’s sale numbers to 6 million consoles worldwide. This makes the PS4 available in 57 markets. The Japanese market has added 370,000 console units to Sony’s milestone sales number. The next-gen console has been out for four months now.
Despite reaching the high sale marker, week 2 of the consoles launch in Japan has seen the lowest numbers in recent history. However the low numbers, 65,685 from February 24th- March 2nd, are still higher than other competing consoles for the week. For reference during the same week the 3DS sold 38,013 and Vita 23,124 units, The Vita sold 72, 479 on its second week of release back in 2011 and the Wii U sold 130,653.
While numbers are lower than console companies may be used to Sony seems rather pleased with themselves for achieving 6M in sales with their new console. “ I am absolutely delighted that PS4 is off to such a great start in Japan,” Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House said. Representatives from Sony have been focusing on the PS4 system’s integrated social capabilities. John Koller writes on the PlayStation Blog,
"There have now been more than 3.6 million live broadcasts, and more than 56 million spectate sessions on PS4 through Twitch and Ustream . . . In fact, since January 1st, PS4 gamers account for 20% of daily broadcasters on Twitch. PS4 owners are also embracing the Share button on the DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller, with more than 100 million shares captured as fans show friends their latest achievements on Facebook and Twitter.”
Perhaps the emphasis of these new system features are an effort to divert attention from the PS4’s lack of released titles. With few games to play for both the PS4 and XboxOne it’s no wonder the early sale numbers aren’t astonishing. Sony does promise further integration of their social capabilities along with the release of more games though.
John Koller posts that developers are utilizing the Broadcast+mode allowing players to live broadcast their gameplay and interact with viewers. Koller explains, “For example, Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition features a built-in Broadcast+ mode where you can stream your gameplay while viewers on the PS4 or a web browser influence positive and negative effects during gameplay. More social feedback is on the way too, with Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends Complete Edition in March and Daylight in April.”
The PS4 has also seen over 13.7 million software sales in retail stores and digital downloads since March 2. The PS4 is still out selling the XboxOne which announced over 3M sales in 2013. With more game releases will come more software sales and with higher software sales higher console sale’s numbers can be expected for the PS4 as well.