Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has announced that the PlayStation 4 (PS4) computer entertainment system has cumulatively sold through more than 6.0 million units globally as of March 2, 2014. This also includes the 370,000 units sold through in Japan since its launch on February 22.
Sony originally planned to sell five million PlayStation 4 between November ’13 and late March ’14, but thanks to worldwide availability of the PlayStation 4, its price that is lower compared to the arch-rival as well as popularity of the PS4 exclusive games, the company managed to beat its target by a million of units a month ahead. It is highly likely that fiscal year (ends this month) Sony will sell 6.5 – 7 million PS4s.
PlayStation 4 software sales also remain strong with more than 13.7 million copies sold in retail stores worldwide and through digital downloads on PlayStation Store as of March 2, 2014. Over 30 titles are available from SCE Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) and other software developers and publishers, including the independent development community. This line-up reflects the strong support for PS4 among developers and publishers.
Sony PlayStation 4 is based on a semi-custom AMD Fusion system-on-chip that integrates eight AMD x86 Jaguar cores, custom AMD Radeon HD graphics core with unified array of 18 AMD GCN-like compute units (1152 stream processors which collectively generate 1.84TFLOPS of computer power that can freely be applied to graphics, simulation tasks, or some mixture of the two), various special-purpose hardware blocks as well as multi-channel GDDR5 memory controller. The PS4 comes with 8GB of unified GDDR5 memory sub-system (with 176GB/s bandwidth) for both CPU and GPU as well as 500GB hard disk drive.
Sony PS4 is equipped with Blu-ray disc drive capable of reading BDs at 6x and DVDs at 8x speeds, USB 3.0 connectivity in addition to a proprietary aux port, Gigabit Ethernet port, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR wireless technology as well as HDMI, optical and analog outputs. The new system utilizes new DualShock 4 game controller with integrated touchpad as well as better motion sensing thanks to new PS4 tracking cameras (sold separately for $59).
The PlayStation 4 is available across all major markets, it is sold at a recommended retail price (RRP) of $399, CAD$399, €399, and £349.