Fueled by a lower price point, Sony continues to attract next gen gamers to PS4.
Sony has sold more than 7 million PlayStation 4s globally as of April 6, 2014, demonstrating the rapid growth of the PS4 platform. The PS4 system is currently available in 72 countries and regions worldwide. Consumers continue to choose PS4 over the Xbox One, which costs an extra $100 at retail.
"The response from the global gaming community for PS4 has been overwhelming and we are truly humbled that gamers are selecting PS4 as their next generation console of choice," said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment. "The PS4 journey has just begun, and although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers, and surpassing the wildest expectations of gamers by delivering new user experiences that inspire and engage. We look forward to unveiling many of these experiences to our fans in the coming months."
PS4 software sales also remain strong with more than 20.5 million copies sold in retail stores worldwide and through digital downloads on PlayStation Store as of April 13, 2014. Sony will have over 120 games available for PS4 by the end of 2014. The PS4 system's games portfolio will continue to expand with highly anticipated titles such as Destiny (Activision), The Elder Scrolls Online (Bethesda), Alien: Isolation (Sega), NBA 2K15 (2K),Watch_Dogs (Ubisoft Entertainment), #DRIVECLUB (SCE WWS), MLB 14: The Show (SCE WWS) and The Order 1886 (SCE WWS). The independent development community continues to deliver innovative new titles for PS4 like N++ (Metanet Software), GALAK-Z: The Dimensional (17 Bit Games), Transistor (Supergiant Games), Secret Ponchos (Switchblade Monkeys Entertainment), The Witness (Thekla, Inc.), Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Young Horses) and Daylight (Zombie Studios).
The integrated social capabilities of PS4 continue to be wildly popular with gamers. More than 135 million shares have been captured via the "SHARE" button on the Dualshock 4 wireless controller. Broadcasting via video streaming platforms Twitch and Ustream continues its explosive growth with more than 4.9 million gameplay broadcasts and nearly 90 million spectate sessions. PS4 owners are also utilizing broadcasting features only possible on PlayStation. Interactive streaming, which allows spectators to join sessions or interact with broadcasted games and affect gameplay by increasing or reducing obstacles and challenges, is exclusively available in popular titles out now including Dynasty Warrior 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition (Tecmo Koei Games) and Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition (SCE WWS).