Sony says it has sold seven million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide since last year’s launch, adding that it can’t make them fast enough.
“The response from the global gaming community for PS4 (PlayStation 4) has been overwhelming,” Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, said in a statement.
“Although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers.”
It’s a welcome change of fortune for the Japanese consumer electronics giant.
Software sales for the console are also strong, with more than 20.5 million copies sold in retail stores worldwide and through digital downloads on PlayStation Store as of April 13, 2014, Sony said said.
The PS4 is up against Microsoft’s Xbox One, and Nintendo’s Wii U for dominance of the digital home-entertainment market at a time when consoles are under intense pressure to prove their worth in a world of ubiquitous smartphones and tablets for games and videos.
The Wii U, launched in late 2012, took more than a year to sell 5.86 million units.
Sony’s gaming division has emerged as a potential saviour for the company, which is struggling to reinvent itself in the digital age, having been left in the dust by nimbler rivals such as South Korea’s Samsung.
Sony launched the PS4 in Japan on February 22, more than four months after it debuted in the United States and well behind many other markets.
The company said it had wanted to give developers more time to exploit the potential of the console in the Japanese gaming market, where top-selling titles are often markedly different from popular offerings in the US and Europe.
The once world-beating company has been struggling to improve its bottom line.
There were reports last month that Sony was selling properties at a prestige Tokyo site where its headquarters have been for six decades.
Sony warned in February that it would book a $US1.08 billion ($A1.16 billion) loss in the fiscal year to March as well as cut 5000 jobs and exit the stagnant PC market.
The company said in January 2013 it was selling its US headquarters in Manhattan for $US1.1 billion ($A1.18 billion).