A little over a week ago we reported that PlayStation 4 had sold over 2 million units. Not to be outdone, Xbox One has hit the mark itself. Microsoft reports that their next gen console has eclipsed 2 million units sold after eighteen days on the market. This makes it the fastest-selling console in the Xbox brand to date with an average of over 111,000 units sold per day.
Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are both off to impressive starts, but early reports give PlayStation 4 a deciding edge. Xbox 360 was the more popular console in the US this past generation, but analyst Michael Pachter believes that during the month of November PlayStation 4 sold 1.25 million units to Xbox One’s 700,000. This isn’t especially surprising when you consider that PlayStation 4 launched a week before Xbox One. Meanwhile, Nintendo’s Wii U is estimated at a humbling 150,000 units sold in November.
Another week of sales is in the books for Japan, and strong lineup of new games has Nintendo surging ahead. However, the number one spot belongs to PlayStation 3 title Gran Turismo 6 with an impressive 200,000 copies sold in its first week. Hit the jump for the full breakdown!
The promised 3DS firmware update is now live. Downloading the latest update will give you access to Miiverse on your 3DS and allow you to create a Nintendo Network ID on your 3DS and link it to your Wii U. This will allow you to share your eShop balance between the two consoles. A few other features have been added as well, and you can catch the full press release after the jump.
The numbers for the past week in Japan are in, and Nintendo’s got something to smile about. Despite not having any major releases this week, Wii U’s numbers are up from last week (which saw the release of Super Mario 3D World), and 3DS numbers are up as well. Numbers for other consoles remained relatively similar from last week. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
A big feature shared by both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is the ability to record game footage as you play. In the case of PlayStation 4, there’s a dedicated ‘Share’ button for recording, editing, and uploading videos. Just how popular is this little feature? Sony reports that it has been used over 6,500,000 times in the few short weeks since launch.
We know that PlayStation 4 sales have eclipsed 2 million, so the average gamer has shared around three videos so far. As more games release in the coming months, you can expect that number to go up considerably. If you own a PlayStation 4, have you been utilizing the Share button?
Nintendo has been pumping out special edition 3DS models almost non-stop, and it looks like they’re not slowing down. The latest entry in their lineup of special models is a silver Mario & Luigi themed system with Dream Team pre-installed. This beauty is a steal at $199, essentially netting you the popular RPG for free. You can catch Nintendo’s full press release after the jump.
PlayStation 4 has been out less than three weeks, but it’s already making its presence felt. Sony is reporting via the PlayStation EU Twitter account that the next gen console has racked up 2.1 million sales worldwide since its launch on November 15. With Christmas yet to come, Sony is aiming for 5 million units shipped by the end of the fiscal year in March 2014.
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are both off to fast starts in virtually all of the markets where they have launched. In fact, in the UK, PlayStation 4 has already become the fast-selling console of all time, reaching 250,000 units sold in just a few days. Xbox One is considerably behind, but still sitting quite impressively at around 170,000 units sold.
This is bad news for Nintendo, as the UK has been a particularly tough market for Wii U. After a full year on the market, Wii U has managed just 150,000 units sold in the UK, trailing behind both competitors consoles after just a few days. Nintendo has put together three new Wii U bundles for Europe, but that may not be enough to compete with Sony and Microsoft this Christmas.
Last year Wii U went into the holidays with an advantage, as it was the only new console on the market. This year, it’s got the brand new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to compete with, and they’re both off to hot starts. Can Nintendo compete in a market that just got much more crowded? According to Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, they’ve got two advantages that give them pretty good chances this month.
Wii U has not been selling at the rate Nintendo hoped it would, and there are plenty of accusing fingers being pointed all around. Some blame the price (still more expensive than Wii after a price cut), others blame the lack of must-have games, and many point to the marketing.
A big concern early on is that a similar name and ineffective advertising have failed to make the average consumer understand and appreciate the differences between Wii and Wii U. Are people still skipping out on Wii U because they don’t realize it’s a completely new console?
At one point, Microsoft and Sony were predicting ten year lifespans for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. At eight and seven years respectively, this past generation’s consoles had long, healthy lives, but fell short of that mark by a few years. With Xbox One, Microsoft is again predicting a ten year cycle, but that may not be the case with Sony. According to at least one Sony executive, PlayStation 4 may have a shorter cycle than PlayStation 3 did.