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PS4 sells 2.1 million worldwide

SCE boss Andrew House hails "PlayStation's largest ever" launch

The PlayStation 4 has sold 2.1 million units worldwide, Sony has announced.

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The global sales milestone was shared in a post on the official PlayStation Blog by Sony Computer Entertainment president and group CEO Andrew House.

A rush of sales for the next-generation console positions Sony ahead of its nearest competitor, Microsoft. Days after the Xbox One's launch across Europe and North America, the corporation announced it had sold one million units in under 24 hours.

"PS4's North American debut on November 15th was PlayStation's largest ever, with more than one million gamers picking up a PS4 in just 24 hours," he said.

"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 2.1 million PS4s have been sold."

House also thanked fans for their support of Sony's latest home console.

"I want to personally thank PlayStation fans, both old and new, for your vote of confidence. The best part: the PS4 journey has just begun. In addition to an incredible lineup of PS4 games from the best developers in the world, we will continue to introduce valuable new features and services to PS4 in the months and years ahead."

"While PS4's capabilities will continue to evolve, our commitment to gamers and breakthrough entertainment remains steadfast. We believe that video games represent the pinnacle of artistry and entertainment, and we will work tirelessly to make sure that PlayStation remains the best place to play."

The PS4 launched in North America on November 15 and, according to Sony, as many as one million consoles were sold to North American consumers in a 24 hours period.

The console became available in Europe and Latin America on November 25. It became the fastest selling console in UK history with 250,000 units sold on its opening weekend, beating the long-surviving eight year sales record held by the original PSP, which moved 185,000 units in its three days of availability.

CVG also understands that UK PS4 sales outstripped Wii U's lifetime total in a matter of hours.

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