PlayStation 4 is nothing short of a resounding success for console manufacturer Sony. The console reached the impressive 100 million units shipped milestone faster than any other console, making it the third PlayStation console to do so. Perhaps most intriguing out of the system’s prosperity is demographic make-up. According to industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, the United States owns the most PS4s, resting at a comfortable 30 million consoles. Japan is in second place with 8.3 million units, with Germany and the UK trailing with 7.2 million and 6.8 million units respectively.
While the figures are impressive in their own right, the demographic make-up isn’t particularly surprising. The United States is one of the leading video game markets in the world and many Americans often consume entertainment at home, usually on the television. The European market is similar, which explains PlayStation booming in that region. Japan on the other hand has shifted away from home consoles in recent years as many Japanese consumers spend the duration of the day in commute or at work. Of course, that is not to suggest PlayStation is floundering as the PS4 has obviously sold considerably well. However, the Nintendo Switch has recently surpassed the sales figures of the PS4, clearly indicating an economic transition in the country.
With this information in mind, it is easy to understand why Sony has invested so heavily into the American market, with placing its headquarters in California and launching the PS4 first in America. With such a strong foundation built into the land of the bald eagle, we can easily expect to see the PS5 to have American gamers in mind at launch, with most exclusive games catering to those tastes. What do you think of this? Does it surprise you that the U.S. loves the PS4 the most or did you expect it to be a closer gap between the U.S and another region? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for more news on Sick Critic!
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