Sony is on cloud nine. The Japanese conglomerate is most likely to sell over 5 million of its PS4 units by the 1st of April, 2014. And this is no preliminary practical joke for an upcoming April Fool Day!
The sales predictions at Sony enter into the region of some pretty big figures. Already, the Japanese giant has announced that by the end of 2013 it will have sold at least 5 million units of its PlayStation 4. What that means in actual terms is that between the PS4 launch which is due in November of this year and April 1st, it will sell at least a million units on a monthly basis. This is a huge goal alright.
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The launch ceremony is to occur in North America. This fact regarding sales figures was announced at the momentous occasion of its Tokyo Game Show keynote address.
When you compare this with Microsoft’s record the difference becomes obvious. It took Bill Gates’ behemoth a full 365 days to make the shipments of 5 million units of its Xbox 360.
Meanwhile, Sony’s PS3 hit the 4.28 million sales figure by the end of its first quarter six years ago. And that was about half a year after its release. The PS4 won’t be accessible to the Japanese before the end of April, 2014 though.
While, seeing the trends of the past, Sony expects even bigger sales figures this time around, this is not inevitable. Rather it is an expectation that may be exceeded or dashed to the ground by slow sales. We’ll just have to wait and see.