In battle for living room, Sony claims sales lead.
Sony (6758) is rejoicing over the latest numbers for its next-gen games console. It's slaughtered its own sales goals, passing 5 million units about a month earlier than planned.
As of ten days ago, it's claiming 5.3 million sold. And it's not even on sale in Japan, yet. Imagine how many it'll shift when 'Station sales start at Sony's shirei-bu-kantorī, Saturday.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers run the numbers.
Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.
Who can bring good news for "struggling" Sony? Kana Inagaki kan: [You're fired -Ed.]
In a much needed boost for the struggling Japanese electronics giant, Sony said sales...topped 5.3 million [beating] its goal to sell more than 5 million...by March.
...[Sony] recently warned [it'll] incur a loss of $1.1 billion [blaming] hefty charges for restructuring...including a reduction of 5,000 jobs.
...Microsoft hasn’t yet released a comparable figure [for] sales of its Xbox One. ... In January, the company said sales had topped 3 million. ... For Sony, the PS4 momentum is likely to continue for now with fans in its home market eagerly waiting to get a hold of the consoles. MORE
And Mariko Yasu channels a huge sigh of relief from the Eastern Capital:
Demand for the console is a bright spot for Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai...as Sony’s television operation heads toward a 10th straight annual loss.
...“The PS4 system’s momentum just keeps growing,” Andrew House, chief executive of Sony’s game operation, said. ... Hirai, a former head of the games unit, named that business [as one of three] pillars to Sony’s revival.
...PS4 sales in the U.S. were almost double [Xbox One's] Sony said earlier this month, citing NPD Group. ... Japan sales start Feb. 22. MORE
Doubting Dave Neal-s and prays forgiveness for even considering Sony might have lost the battle:
The console launched last autumn in direct competition with the Microsoft Xbox One. Both Sony and Microsoft have spent the intervening months talking about how many they have sold.
...[Sony] is brimming with its success..."We are delighted that according to the NPD Group's latest data, PS4 was January's top-selling console in the United States," [said House] "I'm looking forward to Japanese fans sharing the excitement." MORE
Isn't there a third company in this next-gen race? I'm struggling to remember. Perhaps Natasha Lomas can help:
Last month, rival...Nintendo reported a sales target miss for...the Wii U – and slashed sales expectations by almost 70%. MORE
Meanwhile, Grzegorz Widla myśli, że jego Xbox jest sympatyczny:
PS has no SkyDrive and no Skype. ... Xbox Music is also far ahead. ... You don’t buy subscription only for console, you know?
And I think it’s short sighted to think Microsoft won’t open the store...maybe even at Build in April. ... Spotify, Rdio, Deezer will definitely want their apps up there. And everybody else. . MORE
But Troy Powers *eyerolls* at fanbois:
Clearly, the console that sells the most is the better console.*
*Unless my favorite console isn't the best selling console. In that case...anyone who bought a competing console instead is an idiot. MORE
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