PlayStation 4 becomes fastest selling console in UK history

Sony's latest console offering, the PlayStation 4 (PS4), has stripped the mobile PSP platform of its title as the UK's fastest selling console.

The PSP held that record for eight years, according to GfK Chart-Track. That device saw early sales of 185,000 units when released in 2005.

Sony enjoyed more than 1m of PS4 sales in US and Canadian markets within just 24 hours of its release on Friday 15 November. The console now looks like to hit targets of 3m sales by the end of the financial year, and aims to ship 5m units by March.

IHS head of games research Piers Harding-Rolls expects the PS4 to hit sales of 49m over the next five years, while Microsoft’s Xbox One is expected to trail with around 38m.

“Sony’s wider geographical brand allegiance – especially across continental Europe and Japan – will be decisive in allowing PS4 to outsell Xbox One on a global basis by the end of 2017,” he said.