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Friday 19 December 2014

PS4 helps Sony leapfrog Nintendo in global sales

A gamer plays the "Entwined" video game during the Sony's PlayStation press event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. Sony is bringing its PlayStation TV video- and game-streaming device to North America and Europe this fall. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A gamer plays the "Entwined" video game during the Sony's PlayStation press event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. Sony is bringing its PlayStation TV video- and game-streaming device to North America and Europe this fall. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Sony President Andrew House introduces Sony's new business relationship with YouTube at their press conference at E3 June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs from June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Andrew House, President and group CEO Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., speaks onstage during the Sony press conference at E3 June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs from June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Andrew House, President and group CEO Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., speaks onstage during the Sony press conference at E3 June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs from June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Shawn Layden, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, speaks during the Sony's PlayStation press event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. Sony is bringing its PlayStation TV video- and game-streaming device to North America and Europe this fall. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Gamers play a LittleBigPlanet 3 video game during Sony's PlayStation press event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Sony has unveiled a new device for streaming content
Shawn Layden, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, is silhouetted as he watches a trailer for "Magicka 2" video game during the Sony's PlayStation press event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Shawn Layden, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, is silhouetted as he watches a trailer for "Magicka 2" video game during the Sony's PlayStation press event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
The strong performance of the PlayStation 4 sees it confirmed as the champion in the most recent console wars - beating both the Wii U and the Xbox One

For the first time in eight years Sony has outsold its Japanese rival Nintendo as the PlayStation 4 continues to lead the global console battle.

Sony has sold a total of 18.7 million hardware units in the financial year ending March (including the PS4, PS3 and handheld devices) while Nintendo’s sales totalled 16.3 million – a fall of 31 per cent.

The shift in power is thanks to the strong performance of Sony’s PS4 (launched last November), weak sales of Nintendo’s latest console, the Wii U, and falling interested in its 2011 handheld device the 3DS.

So far the PS4 has sold 8.1 million units to the Wii U’s 6.3m, with the Xbox One (launched at the same time as the PS4) still lagging behind with sales of 4.5 million.

The Wii U has had a recent boost thanks to the strong performance of Mario Kart 8 (the Nintendo exclusive has sold more than 1.1 million copies globally and created a 666 per cent increase in weekly Wii U sales in the UK), but this hasn’t been enough to turn the company around.

In May Nintendo confirmed annual losses of $229m (£135m) and last Friday it announced the closure of its European headquarters with the loss of 130 jobs.

All three companies will be announcing new games for their respective consoles at E3 2014 this week - but whether or not new titles from Nintendo or Microsoft can turn the tide remains to be seen.

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