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# console wars
Over 2 million Playstation 4s have been sold in three weeks
In the next generation of the console wars, it’s first blood to Sony.

SONY HAS ANNOUNCED that their new gaming console, the Playstation 4, has sold over 2.1 million copies, just two weeks after it was released.

The electronics giant said that it has tracked sales of 2.1 million since the launch on 15 November.

Rival Microsoft has yet to release sales figures for their Xbox One console, but reports in the UK suggest the PS4 has outsold it by over 100,000 units.

Sony struggled with the launch of their previous incarnation of the Playstation, but has hit the right notes this time around. Comparatively, Microsoft has endured the ire of gamers for what many felt were heavy-handed approaches to used games and digital rights management.

In the post-Thanksgiving rush on Black Friday, there was no slow down in demand for the consoles.


Sony warned that supply continues to be dwarfed by demand for the consoles, but CEO Andrew House says they are “working hard to meet the growing demand”.

With the console now on sale in 32 countries, it is on track to best its predecessor’s 80 million sales.

Read: A brief history of the Sony Playstation

Read: The cost of building a PS4 is cheaper than you would expect

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