Sony: PS4 Sales Top 10 Million Units12 Aug, 2014 By: Chris Tribbey, Erik Gruenwedel
Sony Computer Entertainment Aug. 12 announced sales of the PlayStation 4 video game system have topped 10 million units globally — nearly double the 5.3 million units sold in February.
Sony made the announcement at the Gamescom 2014 confab in Cologne, Germany.
Sony’s next-generation game platform has reportedly outsold Microsoft’s Xbox One in the United States over the past six months. The two systems, which include Blu-ray Disc drives, were launched last November.
Microsoft in April said it had shipped more than 5 million Xbox One units globally, which was up from 3 million units shipped at the end of 2013.
“It’s a remarkable milestone that reinforces PS4’s record-breaking pace and the movement it has created among players globally in defining next-generation gaming,” said Shawn Layden, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA).
Sony also announced new upcoming features for the PS4, including one that allows gamers to upload game footage directly to YouTube, and a “Share Play” option that allows players to invite friends to play a game, even if only one person owns it. The update is expected in the fall.
“The best way to think about ‘Share Play’ is like a ‘virtual couch,’” Layden said. “PlayStation 4 will create an online local co-op experience by allowing you to invite a friend to join your game — even when they don’t own a copy of it. With this first-of-its-kind feature, you’ll be able to play games with a friend just as if you were together in the same room.”
Meanwhile, Microsoft announced new updates for the Xbox One as well, including a new app that allows owners to play media files from either an attached USB device or from a network-connected home media server that supports DLNA. Xbox One owners in Europe will also soon have access to a digital TV tuner accessory, which pulls in over-the-air broadcasts. Owners of the digital TV accessory will be also able to stream TV content to their smartphones and tablets using the Xbox SmartGlass app.