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PlayStation 4 has sold 4.2 million units
PlayStation 4 has sold 4.2 million units
January 7, 2014 | By Kris Graft

Newsbrief: PlayStation 4 continues strong sell-through since its launch in November last year.

Sony Computer Entertainment group CEO Andrew House took a moment to continue the game console sales one-upsmanship to tell an audience at CES that PlayStation 4 has sold 4.2 million units to customers through December 28. The console launched in November last year.

The announcement comes a day after Microsoft announced sell-through of 3 million units for Xbox One, which also launched last November, and a week after PS4.

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Kujel s
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So are these shipped numbers?

Justin Kovac
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Other sites and follow up have been saying - “sold through” to consumers.

Adam Bishop
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PS4 and XBox One have huge initial sales. 3DS continues to sell well and many sites (including this one) laud the 3DS for its great game lineup in 2013. We will, nonetheless, hear at any moment that no one wants traditional games any more.

Michael Joseph
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@Arman Matevosyan

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I think we're still a long ways off from being able to "recognize achievements when we reach them."

Jonathan Murphy
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Duhhhh! I see them sell out all the time in retail. Meanwhile a certain console is collecting dust in the same glass case. Congrats Sony! Now I wait for the January sales.

Harry Fields
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Let me spoil it for you. 5 million sold by January. 7 Million by March. Why? Manufacturing capacity. The momentum may shift a little here in the Winter doldrums. It looks like Xbone is getting a few more titles, with sleepers like Garden Warfare to help push a few units. And then they each get a big one in March. That said, I really doubt Infamous:SS can push more copies than it's predecessor at less than 2 million. It may come close by virtue of software starved audiences. Titanfall has much higher "system seller" quality, by virtue of it being the genre it is, with the pedigree it has. Either way, both consoles are doing really well and that's a good thing for me.

Jim Thompson
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Good start for the next gen...Steam, Apple, Amazon will all have forms coming as well...Let's face it though, casual/indie games still rule the roost.

Harry Fields
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They do?

Michael Pianta
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I feel like these initial sales just don't prove all that much. These consoles have been a long time coming, pent up demand was high and hype was through the roof. The question then is "How many people that want one were unable to get one?" I would posit that the answer is "very few." I know I don't want one for now, and probably won't want one for a while yet. I'll reevaluate next Christmas I guess, but I doubt I'll want one then either. 2-3 years, I would guess, is how long it will take either of these to generate a library that will justify the cost of the hardware to me. Especially because the differentiation between consoles and PCs is disappearing.

For me this is new - I bought a 360 day one, and a Wii, and in general I used to buy hardware right at launch as a matter of course. Something has changed in the last 6-7 years. I know I'm not the only one who feels this way - but how many of us are there exactly, and are there enough new consumers to offset us? I don't know.

So ultimately I think the more interesting numbers will be January, February, March, etc. Obviously sales will drop off some, but how precipitously will be interesting and informative.