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PS4 Breaks Records, Outselling Every Home Console In The UK Last Year

3DS best-selling games device.

We all knew that the PS4 was doing well. We knew that there were over 4 million of them sold by the end of the year, and that everything went about as right as it could have done for Sony with this console launch, dwarfing the launches of PS3 and even PS2.

As for UK, the machine managed a staggering 530,000 consoles sold in just five weeks, according to MCV. That makes it the fastest selling console in UK history.

What’s more is the fact that the PS4 outsold every other home console in 2013, despite only being available for around a month of the year. It pipped the Xbox 360 to the post by just a couple of thousand units, securing its status as the number one best-selling home console of last year.

PlayStation’s UK MD Fergal Gara said “We are delighted with the very strong sales of PS4 to date,” before reinforcing the fact that they’re trying to make as many consoles available as possible: “Our focus now is rebuilding stock levels so those have not been able to get a PS4 can finally experience the next-gen.”

Gara concluded with “I’d like to thank the gamers, our retail and publishing partners who played a big part in making this success possible.”

The PS4 was not the best-selling games machine overall however, with Nintendo’s 3DS handheld seeing an extremely successful year and, with the introduction of the 2DS to the family, finding strong sales throughout 2013.

22 Comments
  1. lambchop
    Member
    Since: Aug 2013

    Well done Sony. Lucky nintendo have got the 3DS/2DS as well…

    Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 12:42.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Agreed, fella. Takes the edge off the Wii U’s news.

      Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 12:51.
  2. Crazy_Del
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Well done Sony :D
    Now to continue my Killzone Campaign away from that addictive FUT thing in Fifa 14 xD

    Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 12:56.
  3. beeje13
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    The PS4 launched in India on Monday, Indonesia yesterday, and will in both Thailand and the Philippines next Tuesday. Xbox One will probably remain competitive at the least in English speaking countries (where it has launched already), but I’m not sure worldwide.

    I’m sure it won’t be long until Sony announces a release for Mainland China

    Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 13:20.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Interesting stuff, fella. Whilst Microsoft are busy localising Kinect, Sony get a foothold (and respectable momentum) in territories that don’t necessarily matter individually, but still add up to a fair old number.

      Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 13:45.
      • beeje13
        Member
        Since: Jan 2010

        Yes, and whats unfortunate for Microsoft is that they physically have the units to launch in more territories. In more ways than One (pun not intended), the Kinect is hurting the X1.

        Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 19:31.
  4. double-o-dave
    Member
    Since: Nov 2008

    This new generation of consoles seems to be getting more and more popular.
    About 6 months back, if I was bored in a pub or some other random place and said I was going home to play on my PS3 I’d be greeted by remarks like ‘you sad b*stard’.
    So far since the release of the PS4 I’m greeted by remarks like ‘Oh cool, I might get one of those myself – What games you playing?’ etc.

    Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 13:21.
    • stonyk
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      you sad b*stard

      Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 13:44.
      • double-o-dave
        Member
        Since: Nov 2008

        I think there seems to be a disruption in the space–time continuum as you obviously wrote that comment 6 months ago.

        Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 14:13.
      • stonyk
        Member
        Since: Dec 2009

        Man I can’t wait for the PS4 to release, only 4 months to go!!!

        Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 16:30.
      • double-o-dave
        Member
        Since: Nov 2008

        Deary me, this disruption is worse than I first thought. I’m now on my way to the Special-Sainsburys-Cyber-Sale Store to pick up an old 800 terabyte PS6. I better see if I can contact Stephen Hawkin on that strange little box like communicational device which was once known to man as a mobile phone.

        Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 16:46.
  5. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    Well done Sony :-)

    Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 13:24.
  6. cam the man
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    Sony wanted the ‘feel good factor’ they had with the PS2, I think they managed that, and some.

    Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 13:33.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Couldn’t agree more, Cam. I haven’t even bought one (yet) and I loved reading everything about the launch as well as the general attitude to their current strategy (both with it being all about gaming and welcoming indie-devs on board with such open arms).

      T’is great.

      Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 13:47.
  7. Lal
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Can anyone confirm how many xbox ones were sold in the same period?

    http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/sony-ps4-back-in-stock-this-week/0126433

    The above link to MCV makes out that difference is much greater than a couple of thousand units.

    PS4 = 530000 units
    Xbox one = 364000 units

    Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 15:48.
    • Beck
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      I believe the comment was saying that PS4 sales in 2013 beat Xbox360 sales by a couple of thousand (not XB1).

      Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 16:03.
      • Lal
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        My bad, thanks for pointing that out. lol

        Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 17:39.
  8. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    funny how mobile gaming was supposed to be killing off consoles, and yet these new machines seem to be selling better than ever.

    Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 16:04.
    • beeje13
      Member
      Since: Jan 2010

      I’ve always said, people don’t switch from halo and Mass effect to angry birds and cut the rope. It’s a new market.

      Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 16:34.
  9. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    They’ve done really well and deservedly so. They played a blinder last year and i hope they can keep the momentum going.

    Comment posted on 10/01/2014 at 23:43.
    • Broonba
      Member
      Since: Mar 2009

      Aye man, I agree. Since the PS4 reveal last February Sony are on a roll and have yet to put a foot wrong.

      Comment posted on 11/01/2014 at 20:53.
  10. leeroye
    Member
    Since: May 2012

    Impressive numbers. EA must be kicking themselves for giving MS exclusivity on titanfall, look at all those potential sales they have lost. I hope MS paid them a bucket load of cash.

    Comment posted on 12/01/2014 at 20:06.

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