The much-loved Playstation 4 console from Sony Corp (ADR) has just hit a huge milestone in its sales. It was announced this week that 40 million units worldwide have been sold since the device’s launch. But it isn’t all celebration for PS4 fans. Some disappointing news was shared this weeks as well. It appears that No Man’s Sky, the highly awaited PS4 game, will see a delay in its release. Fans can now expect to get their hands on the game sometime in August.
Sony sells 40 million PS4
Thursday this week saw Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announce 40 million global sales of their latest Playstation 4 console. The rate at which the console is being bought has been described as record-breaking. Right now the PS4 dominates the game console space. Unit sales are reported to be nearly twice that of Microsoft’s Xbox One. There has always been somewhat of a competitive field between Playstaion fans and those of the Xbox. However, this latest sales report from Sony suggests that the PS4 holds a lot more favor when it comes to the latest generation of gaming consoles.
It is said the PS4 momentum will significantly increase too, with some very appealing and highly anticipated additions making their way into the Playstation line-up.
SIE chief exec, Andrew House, said some very exciting games are in store. Items like virtual reality are also expected to enhance the PS4 gaming experience very soon. This is according to House himself.
House relayed his gratitude to the Playstation community this week. The global CEO of SIE had this to say.: “We are truly grateful for the enormous support from our fans and partners across the globe, which helped us achieve this significant milestone in such a short time.”
Microsoft Corporation’s Xbox One had a sales number that was just beyond 18 million units at the end of 2015. Bearing this, the latest generation console from Microsoft appears to be lagging significantly when compared to Sony’s PS4. The two consoles have been out for the same time frame. Both gaming devices were launched in November 2013. Their prices aren’t too varied either. This suggests the PS4 is doing better on appeal alone.
Sony’s gaming ventures are a strong contributor to the company’s annual revenues. The digital tech giant pulled in $1.4 billion last year alone. That number was significantly boosted by the powerful adoption of the PS4 around the world. Currently, the latest Playstation is Sony’s best selling since the launch of the console’s first generation 22 years ago.
As it is every year, Microsoft and Sony’s gaming projects will be among the biggest features at this year’s E3 conference. Set to take place in mid-June, the Electronics Entertainment Exposition will take place in LA. Not much is known about what fans can expect, but there has been no shortage of rumors surrounding the event. Newer versions of both the Xbox One and PS4 may be debuted, sources say. More likely though, the reveal of some impressive VR gaming components could be seen. This would move in line with the large demand for higher quality gaming visuals, suggesting that both Sony Corp and Microsoft will be moving to 4K res on their consoles pretty soon.
No Man’s Sky put on hold for Sony
The weekend delivered a bit of a damp turn to the Sony Corp (ADR) celebration though. By mid-week, rumors had arisen claiming that the much anticipated No Man’s Sky could come a bit later than promised. Confirmation was finally made on the Playstation blog on Saturday. According to the game director, Sean Murray, the vast space adventure has been pushed back by a number of weeks.
Murray states that all is coming together nicely with the game. “As we sit and play it now, and as I watch playtesters every day, I can finally let myself get excited,” the creative director wrote. However, Murray states that there is still a lot of room for improvement. Bearing this, the developers have opted to push the games release back by several weeks in order to give fans something spectacular.
“As we approached our final deadlines, we realized some key moments needed extra polish to bring them to our standards. I have had to make the tough choice to delay the game for a few weeks to allow us to deliver something special.
No Man’s Sky first caught the world’s attention in December 2014. The Spike TV Video Game Awards showcased the upcoming game’s unique approach to space adventure and alluring scenery. Since then the game has been among the most hyped releases for the PS4. A lot of the game’s content is still unknown, but that hasn’t damped fans’ anxiety. No Man’s Sky is known to offer a seemingly infinite map and free exploration. That alone is enough to inspire intrigue among most gamers.
“This type of game hasn’t been attempted before, by a smaller team than anyone would expect, under an intense amount of expectation,” Murray stated.
No Man’s Sky will be made available in the UK on the 10th of August.