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[December 03, 2013]

Video games Sony scores high with 2.1m PS4 sales

(Guardian (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sony's PlayStation 4 has become the fastest-selling games console yet - the consumer electronics company says it has sold more than 2.1m of the devices since its launch last month.

Writing on the official PlayStation blog, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment, Andrew House, said: "PS4's North American debut on 15 November was PlayStation's largest ever, with more than 1 million gamers picking up a PS4 in just 24 hours. Now, with PS4's global launch expanding to a total of 32 countries worldwide, including Europe and Latin America, I'm proud to announce that more than 2.1m PS4s have been sold. It's an impressive and record-setting accomplishment for our company." As for Xbox One, since announcing that more than 1m had been sold within 24 hours of its launch, Microsoft has yet to reveal any further figures. The console did well during the US Black Friday shopping onslaught, when people queued overnight for bargains (pictured), taking 31% of sales as opposed to PS4's 15%. Availability issues may have played a role in the latter's muted performance that day.

The performance of the PS4 contrasts with the stuttering introduction of the PS3, which in 2006, launched with fewer than 400,000 units available in the US. The European launch also suffered, and only 1.68m units were sold globally by the close of the year. Keith Stuart (c) 2013 Guardian Newspapers Limited.

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