During today’s Consumer Electronics Show 2014 keynote speech, Sony Executive Andrew House announced that the PS4 has sold-through over 4.2 million PS4 units worldwide. This news comes just a day after Microsoft announced that the Xbox One has sold over 3 million units worldwide.
Sold-through, for those unaware, means that the PS4 sold over 4.2 million units through to the consumer, and not sold to the retailer. Just to get an idea of how impressive this is of a 6 week feat, the Wii U took from mid-November 2012-June 30, 2013 to sell almost 4 million units worldwide. Although the Wii U has gained a lot more sales this holiday season, it’s not inconceivable to see the PS4 surpass the Wii U in total units sold rather quickly.
If anything, this speaks to Sony’s ability to manufacture their consoles. The Xbox One and PS4 have both seen a great deal of interest in such a short amount of time, yet the ability to sell the PS4 to almost 40 countries worldwide gave Sony the advantage over the 13 countries for the Xbox One. Now that the Nordics are rumored to be delayed in receiving the Xbox One for some time, it seems the early sales advantage may continue with the PS4.