Sony PS4 sales

Sony has started the console war in good shape with its PS4 outselling the Xbox One around the world.

The PS4 has been well-received with Sony announcing that the next-generation console has sold 2.1 million units worldwide. The console launched on 15 November and is now available in 32 countries including in Europe and Latin America.

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Sony said: "In what is shaping up to be a historic year for gamers, I'm delighted to share an important new milestone with you. PS4's North American debut on November 15th was PlayStation's largest ever, with more than one million gamers picking up a PS4 in just 24 hours."

In the UK, the PS4 has been the fastest selling ever with a whopping 250,000 sold in the space of 48 hours. That's 100,000, or 66 percent, more than Microsoft managed with its Xbox One. The firm sold 150,000 in total in the UK. How to play PS3 games on PS4: Is it possible?

Addressing its fans, Sony said: "It's an impressive and record-setting accomplishment for our company and for our industry, and we couldn't have done it without you. I want to personally thank PlayStation fans, both old and new, for your vote of confidence."

"The best part: the PS4 journey has just begun. In addition to an incredible lineup of PS4 games from the best developers in the world, we will continue to introduce valuable new features and services to PS4 in the months and years ahead."

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The PS4 has met success despite criticism surrounding its line-up of launch titles. It has more than 20 but only a handful are genuine next-generation PS4 exclusives. The Xbox One is widely considered to have a better line-up.

Those wanting to get their hands on a PS4 might have trouble this Christmas with stock in very short supply. Amazon said customers who didn't pre-ordered before 13 November would not receive a console in time for the big day.

Game said it took on an extra 4,000 staff to cope with the demand saying "We'll do our best to get a console in everyone's hands, although stock is extremely limited."

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