Report: PlayStation 4 has already surpassed Wii U lifetime sales

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According to sales trackers, the PlayStation 4 has already surpassed the lifetime sales of the Wii U. While the PS4 launched only last November, the Wii U had a whole year on the market, as it hit the stores in November 2012.

Sony officially announced that the PlayStation 4 had sold 4.2 million units as of December 28, while the Wii U’s official sales number was at 4.3 million as of December 15, 2013 (according to Nintendo’s own numbers). Now, reports from sales trackers indicate that the PlayStation 4 has overtaken the Wii U during the first week of 2014.

The Wii U has been struggling ever since it launched, and Nintendo recently revised their Wii U sales forecasts down from 6.8 million to 4.3 million for the current fiscal year. It’s doubtful the console will manage even that.

Analysts have predicted that the PlayStation 4 will sell some 37 million units by the end of 2016. Recently, game industry analyst Michael Pachter predicted that the PS4 will outsell the Wii U this Spring. He was a couple of months off, it seems.

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  • Chronic Gang

    As of Jan 4 Wii u still has the lead by a million

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  • steview130

    Congrats Sony. Happy to be one of the 4.2million!

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  • Pony

    Kinda weird that 4.2 million is more than 5.3 million

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    • blessedswine

      keep in mind the article says after the first week on 2014 the 4.2 was for the end of dec. and i know around me in Jersey the ps4 has been in stock everywhere in the first week up to now with them selling out the day the stores getting them, the BestBuy by my house has had 3 restocks in 3 weeks.

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  • greengecko007

    Is there a source for this information that you can share with us? Unless I’m missing something, the sources that are linked to the article are all old and don’t support the claim.

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  • Alan Dripps

    According to one tracker site (VGChartz), the Wii U is at 5.3M and the PS4 is at 4.4M as of 4th January. Take this report’s figures with a pinch of salt. For once it looks like Pachter’s spring prediction will be more accurate, lol.

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    • Adarazz

      VGChartz is not reliable

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      • Alan Dripps

        …and Sony’s own figures are!?

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        • Adarazz

          Stupid ass question. Sony’s figures are as accurate as you will get.

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          • Alan Dripps

            The reason I said that is because it was revealed this week that Microsoft had been lying about selling 3M leading up to Christmas.

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          • AnonymUce

            revealed by who? 3rd party gaming sites that somehow knows more about how many XB1 sold than Microsoft themselves? If I remember correctly this is against the law. people will assume its going well and buy stock, and end up losing money. this will not end so good for MS. also investors will sue MS over such lies due to money loss and failure to sell the consoles according to their quota.

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          • blessedswine

            it wasnt that they were lying but they kept saying “Sold” which was true but didnt specify that it was to the stores, When they did thier quarter reports recently they stated shipped i think it was 4.5m, but they havent sold even 3.5m there are literally a million X1’s on store shelves. its so bad here that the Gamestop actually made hand written signs that read Out of Ps4’s but we have Xbox Ones came give it a try, They dont even have the ps4 demo on at the store anymore cause we werent selling X1s fast enough our manager told us to turn the ps4 off and make that sign to try and move X1s the store i work at has a list of 128 people on a wait list currently for the ps4. and we took preorders for our next shipment of 70 already.

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          • AnonymUce

            Yeah I know. Sony are taking over like they did with PS2

            http://www.nowinstock.net/videogaming/consoles/ps4/

            http://www.nowinstock.net/videogaming/consoles/xboxone/

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        • oontz

          *face palm*

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      • kevin nun—-

        Very bad site for it to be off by a million..

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  • kevin nun—-

    1. Surpassed sales only in U.S (obviously)

    2. A Senior analyst lowered the forecast, not Nintendo.

    3. Do you research before bashing other consoles.

    4. If not, then here’s a fact for ya: Nintendo has a bigger company value than Sony. (http://metro.co.uk/2014/01/08/nintendo-valued-as-bigger-company-than-sony-4254425)

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    • oontz

      Nintendo has a bigger company value than A LOT of companies that doesn’t mean anything. Also a lot of companies have a bigger company value than Nintendo. Were you trying to make a point or just sound stupid.

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      • Daniel Gonzalez

        I’m going with both.

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        • kevin nun—-

          I’m going with that you three are getting butthurt for no reason. Microsoft this, Nintendo this, other companies do this too, all in defense on Sony. I was merely trying to point out that if the website is going to write news bashing other companies and/or consoles, they should also write articles about what is going on within the company they are representing. Equality for all. These console wars man, they hurt.

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          • Daniel Gonzalez

            “Nintendo has a bigger company value than A LOT of companies that doesn’t mean anything. Also a lot of companies have a bigger company value than Nintendo. Were you trying to make a point or just sound stupid.”

            That is a good point, and I don’t see how that equates to butthurt. Lol. Sounds to me you are assuming my friend. If it’s equality for all, then you wouldn’t have much of a problem with that statement. If you’re going to say people are here in defense of Sony, then the same can be said about you defending Nintendo. Don’t put labels on people. ;P

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          • oontz

            I am not speaking in defence of any company. Was just stating your comment was stupid.

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      • rsco6969

        i think stupidity. its like when people say Microsoft will last longer then Sony because of the billions they have yet fail to realise that yes Microsoft has billions yet the Xbox division doesn’t. no company out to make a profit will continue injecting money into a failing product for too long. (not saying Xbox is failing just using Microsoft as an instance)

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  • CH3SH

    International figures, not stateside figures please, UK gamers read these articles too you know ;-)

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    • rsco6969

      here here XD

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  • Adarazz

    I don’t think the PS4 has surpassed the sales of the aborted fetus (Wii U) but it will in the next few months.

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  • Kyle

    Your Wii U numbers are wrong, not sure about PS4’s, and Nintendo never lowered there numbers officially.

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  • AnonymUce

    Doesn’t really matter if the Wii U is on top now, it won’t be much longer. 1 year of sales and PS4 already catching up in just under 2 months.

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  • Cole Brinley

    Yeah. 37 million in two years…There’s no way dude. Analysts are stupid.

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    • blessedswine

      um 37 million in two years is highly doable, it only averages out to just over 350k a week if you figure they will move between 4-5 million between Nov and Dec just figuring in that in both 2011 and 2012 the ps3 sold over 500k units a week in that time and in 2010 sold over a million a week its possible that they could even hit 8 million in those 2 months alone, just saying its possible i dont think its probably but possible.

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  • elton john

    http://www.vgchartz.com/analysis/platform_totals/

    According to VGCHARTZ, Wii U is 5.34 mil right now

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  • Zach Cruz

    Thats cool, Nintendo’s stock recently just went up 11% compared to Sony’s 2%

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    • blessedswine

      You realize Sony makes more then games right, you know tvs cameras, camcorders and so on, and thier camera tv and camcorder buisness is losing money hand over fist.

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      • Zach Cruz

        I did know this.

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  • http://its-yuma-tsukumo.tumblr.com/ Yuma Tsukumo

    Pretty sad that people feel some kind of satisfaction from hearing this lol..

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    • LightupmyLife

      How is it sad?

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  • Duaplex

    It will be interesting to see what happens now that China is back on the agenda.

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  • The Clockwork Being

    HAHAHAHAHA! 4.2>5.3 million since when? Let’s be honest here and not be like IGN who made much worse numbers for the comparison. The IGN writers took numbers from August to compared which was beyond funny. Anyways the Wii U is at 5.3 and still growing.

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    • LightupmyLife

      Calm your butt hurt. It’s only an article.

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      • The Clockwork Being

        Yes and this only me stating my opinion on this article and me criticizing poor news reporting with facts.

        Your point?

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        • Kyle Zawacki

          His point is that you were overreacting. Which you did.

          Stop raging. They’re video games.

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        • dmagicp

          I have a friend like you. He gets all mad whenever someone says something negative about Nintendo. According to him, Nintendo is the GOD of video games and all of the Millions of people that play Sony or Microsoft are stupid for not wanting to play Nintendo. But the truth is that Nintendo is a kiddie game company with kiddie games. Little kids play with Nintendos and REAL gamers play Sony and Microsoft. So just go somewhere, sit your silly ass down, and let the grownups talk.

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          • The Clockwork Being

            WTF people are commenting on this comment again lol.

            ”Little kids play with Nintendos and REAL gamers play Sony and Microsoft. So just go somewhere, sit your silly ass down, and let the grownups talk.”

            Way to show your ignorance with that statement. I can easily be proven wrong. I am only stating the truth here. And no I don’t think Nintendo is the God of Video games since you are assuming as much. No I don’t think people that play Sony and Micro$oft games are stupid since that would be insulting myself as I mostly play Sony and Nintendo games.

            But the truth is you are an idiot. Do us all a favor and take your bloody, ignorant and stupid self elsewhere and let us serious people talk.

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          • dmagicp

            Lmao!

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    • AnonymUce

      These guys got it wrong. I think they meant US and UK sales of the PS4 have already beat the Wii U. but it does not matter, PS4 will take over in 1 more month and will remain that way til next gen.

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