Sony Expects to Sell Five Million PlayStation 4 Game Consoles During Launch Window

Shipments of PlayStation 4 May Reach Five Million Units in FY2013

by Anton Shilov
09/19/2013 | 11:11 PM

Chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment said during the company’s press conference at Tokyo Game Show that the company has plans to sell as many as five million PlayStation 4 units during the launch window this fiscal year. The bar that Sony sets for itself is considerably higher than the amount of PlayStation 3 consoles sold in the first financial year.


Andrew House, chief exec of SCE, said the company aims to sell 5 million PlayStation 4 game consoles this fiscal year, which ends on March 31, 2014. The plan seems to be very aggressive, given the fact that PS4 will be rivalled by Microsoft’s Xbox One, modern personal computers as well as new devices, such as smartphones and tablets. By contrast, the company only sold 3.53 million of PlayStation 3 consoles during the fiscal year 2006 (ended in March ’07).

Earlier Sony disclosed that it had received over a million of pre-orders for the PlayStation 4, which may indicate that a lot of current PS3 owners want to jump to the next-generation platform. Given that the system costs $399, around $100 less than the main competitors and the predecessor initially, Sony may have all chances to sell a lot of systems during the launch window.

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 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 will come with 8GB of unified GDDR5 memory sub-system (with 176GB/s bandwidth) for both CPU and GPU as well as large-capacity hard disk drive. 

Sony PS4 will be 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 will also utilize 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 PlayStation4 (CUH-1000A series) computer entertainment system will launch on November 15, 2013 in the Canada and U.S., and from November 29, 2013 in Europe (PAL region) including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The PS4 will also launch in the following ten Latin American countries on November 29: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Peru.

When the PlayStation 4 will become available this year, it will be sold at a recommended retail price (RRP) of $399, CAD$399, €399, and £349.