Right out of the gate, it's a big win for Sony.
With 4.2 million units sold worldwide as of December 28, 2013, the PlayStation 4 has taken the early lead on Microsoft's Xbox One, which had sold around 3 million units as of December 31, 2013.
It may still be likely that sales of the PS4 and Xbox One were mostly even in the US, while Sony owned many other territories. In fact, that's probably what happened. But even if Sony is neck-and-neck with Microsoft in North America, that in and of itself is a huge accomplishment. And really, gaming is global now so people care a great deal about that worldwide sales total. The bottom line is that the PS4 sold 1.2 million more consoles than the Xbox One, and let's not forget that the PS4 isn't even out in Japan yet.
Right now, it appears as if the PS4 is in prime position to hold the worldwide lead throughout the coming generation. If they can at least remain competitive in the US with the Xbox One, and they continue to own most European and Asian territories, Sony's golden. The only question now is whether or not they can maintain this well-earned momentum. Remember, available PS4 software is still pretty thin; the first truly compelling title might be inFamous: Second Son but after that, the exclusives aren't exactly piling up. We should see a few more for the holidays, though.
What do you think? Sony has been impressive thus far; can they continue to impress? And if so, how and why?