Sony has said it has sold 2.1 million Playstation 4 consoles around the world since it launched over the past fortnight. 

700,000 units have been sold in Europe and Australasia since sales began in those markets on 29 November. 

The console went on sale in the US and Canada two weeks earlier on 15 November and is now available in 32 countries. 

In an update, Sony said the PS4 launch had been the most successful in Playstation history and, as a result, strong demand continues to surpass supply. 

The company said it was working to meet that demand and to deliver extra units ahead of Christmas. 

Ten days ago Microsoft said it had sold one million of its Xbox One consoles worldwide within 24 hours of its launch. 

The company said the sales figures set a new record for the company.

The two new consoles are going head-to-head in the run up to Christmas, with both aggressively vying for a bigger slice of the festive market