Sony surges forward in the sales war

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Sony and Microsoft both announced that their shiny new machines sold a million units on the day of release; an important difference being that while the Xbox One launched across the world, the PS4 was initially available in just one territory. Now that Sony have released their new console into the wild across most of the planet (like Microsoft, they’re making some countries – including Japan – wait until 2014), they’ve gleefully declared that the PS4 has sold 2.1 million units globally in less than three weeks, and expect that figure to increase to 3 million before 2013 is done. Microsoft have yet to release an updated sales figure.

Sony’s current domination is clear at a local level too. The PS4 sold about 250,000 units over its UK launch weekend, far outstripping the Xbox One’s 150,000. These figures highlight the Wii U’s woes more than ever; according to Eurogamer, its lifetime UK sales were matched by the Xbox One’s launch sales. Ouch, Nintendo.

It should come as little surprise, then, that Knack outsold Super Mario 3D World in the UK (13 and 14 in the multiformat chart respectively). That doesn’t make the fact any less depressing. We do wonder, however, if this would have been the case had unscrupulous retailers not forced people slow to order a PS4 to buy Knack as well

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Written by Luke K

Luke plays lots of videogames, now and again stopping to write about them. He's the editor in chief at Critical Gamer, which fools him into thinking his life has some kind of value. Chances are, if you pick up a copy of the latest Official PlayStation Magazine or GamesMaster, you'll find something he's written in there. Luke doesn't have a short temper. If you suggest otherwise, he will punch you in the face.

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