Sony has just announced that, as per NPD Group data, the PlayStation 4 is now the fastest selling home console in Australian history.
Sony didn't provide any actual unit numbers for Australian sales, but according to Louis Gil of the NPD Group, the console hardware market has more than doubled in value since the launch of 8th generation consoles, and the PlayStation 4 accounts for 44% of that growth.
"As PlayStation powers into its twentieth year in Australia, we couldn’t be happier with our position with PS4 at the top spot of the interactive entertainment industry," said Michael Ephraim, Managing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia and New Zealand. "I’ve watched this business grow over the 20 years and have had the pleasure of being part of the monumental change in innovation and category growth; of which PlayStation has historically been a key driver of."
The PlayStation 4 had a notoriously difficult launch in Australia. Because of a worldwide shortage of consoles, the Xbox One actually had a more successful opening launch week. The PlayStation 4 shortage allowed Microsoft to register record opening week sales compared to the PlayStation 4 despite the fact that — according to most reports — the PlayStation 4 was by far the more pre-ordered console.
Now, with the shortage issue resolved the PlayStation 4 has saled to a record breaking first year on the market.