PlayStation 4 has sold over 4.2 million consoles

When Microsoft boasted yesterday that it sold over 3 million Xbox Ones in 2013, it seemed inevitable that Sony would quickly follow with yelling about its own success. During its CES 2014 keynote today, Sony declared that it had sold-through over 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles as of December 28.

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When Microsoft boasted yesterday that it sold over 3 million Xbox Ones in 2013, it seemed inevitable that Sony would quickly follow with yelling about its own success. During its CES 2014 keynote today, Sony declared that it had sold-through over 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles as of December 28.

Sony launched the PS4 in North America on November 16, then trickled out to more territories over the following weeks. 2.1 million PS4s had been sold by early December, and it evidently kept pace over the holiday season.

Xbox One sales were close to the PS4 at first, but Microsoft's system seems to be slowing down. Which I mention purely for context, certainly not to fuel any sort of dreadful Internet namecalling.

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    January 7, 2014 9:49 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, PlayStation 4 has sold over 4.2 million consoles.

    When Microsoft boasted yesterday that it sold over 3 million Xbox Ones in 2013, it seemed inevitable that Sony would quickly follow with yelling about its own success. During its CES 2014 keynote today, Sony declared that it had sold-through over 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles as of December 28.

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      January 7, 2014 9:53 AM

      There we go..

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      January 7, 2014 9:55 AM

      Not really a huge shocker considering they are in more countries at this point. I would be more concerned if this number was more like 6 million at this point. Only about a million separating the two keeps this one pretty even like the last generation.

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        January 7, 2014 9:55 AM

        Only difference was the ps3 was trailing

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          January 7, 2014 9:57 AM

          Yea, but that's because MS had a year head-start.

          With as much outrage as the Internet feigned at the beginning of last year, I'd wholly expected there to be like a 2x or 3x gap... and clearly there isn't.

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            January 7, 2014 10:32 AM

            They went back on a lot of their policies though. We can only guess at what would be happening if they weren't.

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          January 7, 2014 2:36 PM

          PS3 was also over $100 more expensive on launch. The situation is reversed this time.

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        January 7, 2014 9:56 AM

        Except MS had a huge lead going into the last generation, considering the year and PS3's price.

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          January 7, 2014 10:05 AM

          I think the initial price point of the PS3 was the biggest problem with the console.

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        January 7, 2014 10:02 AM

        Why would you be concerned if it was 6 million?

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          January 7, 2014 10:11 AM

          Concerned about shitty backward Japanese tropes dominating the gaming landscape again?

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        January 7, 2014 10:05 AM

        Lol yeah right XBOWNED

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        January 7, 2014 10:14 AM

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        January 7, 2014 10:28 AM

        I mean, why be concerned at all?

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        January 7, 2014 10:34 AM

        How many do you think they were actually able to produce in the time frame? Albeit I'm not privy to their supply chain numbers but I would imagine this is close to the entire stock they could produce in time. If anything it's rather impressive they sold over 4 million.

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        January 7, 2014 10:47 AM

        I would say with these numbers 1 million is a huge difference.

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        January 7, 2014 10:52 AM

        you have beaten derelict! this time

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        January 7, 2014 11:08 AM

        This was my thought too. The added number of territories they launched into would have slowed down the process of getting units out. I'm sure it'll even out by the next quarter. Also, games for each territory will have an impact.

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        January 7, 2014 11:21 AM

        why would you be concerned?

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        January 7, 2014 11:35 AM

        Why would you be concerned either way? Wait why would you be concerned if sony had sold even more than they have now?

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      January 7, 2014 10:49 AM

      i think the $100 difference has an impact. i've known a person buying the ps4 simply because it was cheaper.

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        January 7, 2014 12:41 PM

        I'm in the save $100 boat. I looked at all the exclusive games/features of each console, and for me nothing stood out. So is just came down to saving $100 and getting a PS4.

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        January 7, 2014 3:20 PM

        I think you're probably right. I honestly believe it would be smart of MS to drop the price fairly soon. Give the early adopters time to not be pissed about it, and push more consoles with the lower price.

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      January 7, 2014 10:51 AM

      Does anybody really give a shit? It's kind of sad that people are such fanboys of their favorite console manufacturer that they'll cheer when they get higher sales numbers. It's the gamer equivalent of a college football fan chanting "SEC! SEC!"

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        January 7, 2014 10:54 AM

        If you're over the age of 12, no, you shouldn't care.

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        January 7, 2014 10:54 AM

        A lot of people care. The better question is: Should you care about those people's opinions? And the answer to that is, 'No.'

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          January 7, 2014 11:02 AM

          I haven't given a shit about others' opinions in years!

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        January 7, 2014 10:55 AM

        I don't care much about which console "wins". I'll probably end up owning both at some point. I think it's interesting to see the impact various decisions are having on the sales, and whether the impact matches up with the expectations of myself and others.

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        January 7, 2014 11:23 AM

        I think it's very interesting too see how the different hardware, software and marketing strategys pan out in concrete sales numbers. Not a fanboy either way.

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        January 7, 2014 11:47 AM

        Does anybody really give a shit if anybody else really gives a shit?

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        January 7, 2014 11:49 AM

        The only reason I can see cheering such things is a larger install base may mean more exclusives or more games coming to the system as well

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        January 7, 2014 11:50 AM

        Stock holders might give a shit.

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        January 7, 2014 12:48 PM

        I give a shit because I'd rather have Sony dominate that space than Microsoft. Between GFWL, the paywalls, and their attempt to do always online, I would like to Microsoft leave gaming altogether.

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          January 7, 2014 1:22 PM

          what about the company that gave us root kit?

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            January 7, 2014 1:33 PM

            Not saying Sony's a saint but in these days Microsoft has just been pushing the industry in all the wrong directions.

            Ideally everyone would own an HTPC and GOG and Humble Store would be vying for world domination, with Nintendo still making awesome handhelds.

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          January 7, 2014 1:38 PM

          If you want gaming to thrive, then you should hope for healthy competition.

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          January 7, 2014 2:38 PM

          Um...Sony has had just as many shitty things though. Perhaps less on the console, but still, things like putting rootkits on software doesn't exactly endear you to the public.

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          January 7, 2014 2:50 PM

          Why would you want any company to dominate the console space? That just gives them an opening to fuck you.

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            January 7, 2014 3:11 PM

            Whoever is winning usually has their practices adopted by competitors. So I'd rather the industry go more in the direction Sony has taken the PS4, as seen with the Xbox's 180 on DRM. I don't see Sony dominating to the degree they did with the PS2, and that still turned out to be a pretty good generation for games on all platforms.

            So yeah, I don't hate the Xbox or anything but I definitely don't want them to walk away with the American market like they did last time.

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              January 7, 2014 3:24 PM

              What makes you think Sony wouldn't do a 180 once (they think) they're dominating?

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              January 7, 2014 3:24 PM

              They didn't walk away with the American market, did they? They outsold consistently in these last few years since the Wii kind of fell off, but they weren't blowing the PS3 away or anything.

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          January 7, 2014 3:20 PM

          Did you just start gaming yesterday? Sony is the last company I would want to dominate gaming given how they acted last time they did.

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          January 7, 2014 3:22 PM

          I think having a dominating company is bad for the industry and it's sad for someone to think so. The crazy shit both companies has done have pushed the consoles in directions I never though we'd see. Some are good for some people and some are good for others. But that's cool, let's go back to one company calling all the real shots. Sounds fun.

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        January 7, 2014 1:01 PM

        People like to have their choices validated and they can't help but feel better by bragging about it on the world wide webs!

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        January 7, 2014 2:00 PM

        I'm interested. I'm more interested in seeing that both manufacturers have high numbers, as it's best for the industry. But I'm keenly interested in seeing if Sony can take the #1 spot back from Xbox with the corrections they've made over the PS3's introduction to the market.

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        January 7, 2014 2:41 PM

        As a Dreamcast owner, it does matter.

        If more of you cunts bought a DC then it wouldn't have died. Simple.

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          January 7, 2014 2:45 PM

          I couldn't afford that shit I was 14!

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          January 7, 2014 2:46 PM

          FU I got mine on release day.

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          January 7, 2014 3:19 PM

          I was there on 9/9/99 to get mine. Sony was just as responsible for killing the DC because they sold that thing to people like it would paint your house, cook you breakfast and give you a blowjob... and people (and developers) bought into it. In the end, it played the same games as DC but with blury textures.

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        January 7, 2014 2:48 PM

        it reaffirms PS4 owners that they made the right decision.

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        January 7, 2014 2:58 PM

        It makes sense to announce these things in the interest of stockholders and analysts, even though they (stockholders and analysts) are only looking at a very small subset of information and only as it concerns the short term.

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        January 7, 2014 3:20 PM

        I don't get all worked up about, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't interested in hearing these kinds of statistics. I'm extremely curious about the industry and how the various companies in it are doing. Units sold is a bit metric for how a console is doing. That's pretty interesting I think.

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      January 7, 2014 11:38 AM

      /breaths a huge sigh of relief

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      January 7, 2014 11:43 AM

      Man, if the Xbox had just stopped that fake punt it'd all be different, probably go into the half 28-3

      oh god.

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      January 7, 2014 12:01 PM

      To give this a sad perspective....this means that there are already more PS4 owners in the world than Wii U owners.

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        January 7, 2014 12:13 PM

        I like my WiiU :(

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          January 7, 2014 1:01 PM

          Don't let the console warriors get you down. Lots of good stuff in the future.

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          January 7, 2014 2:06 PM

          It's got great games. It's just a shame it was marketed poorly with a nearly non-existant Nintendo lineup at launch.

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        January 7, 2014 12:49 PM

        Yep, very sad, but Nintendo brought this on themselves. You need to be more forward thinking than "Hey, people sure do like tablets! Let's throw one of those in the box!"

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          January 7, 2014 1:21 PM

          And then not market it

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          January 7, 2014 2:27 PM

          In hindsight, the tablet controller was a bad idea.

          1) You have to charge it every 3-4 hours.
          2) This is the main controller Wii U owners will be using and it's big and it takes up a lot of space.

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            January 7, 2014 2:43 PM

            The main problem is the cost. The thing adds ~$100 to each Wii U when it's not even used in most of Nintendo's games. They have no chance of turning things around until they ditch that thing as a requirment, and then chances are still pretty slim. It will be very lucky to hit Gamecube numbers.

            They should just make their next handheld compatible with all Wii's accessories and give it a TV out. That's the only way I see Nintendo staying in the living room.

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        January 7, 2014 2:28 PM

        I'm looking forward to the day when the Super Mario games show up on Steam, for the PC.

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        January 8, 2014 8:53 PM

        I see that as quite a good and happy thing. :)

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      January 7, 2014 12:55 PM

      As long as they're both doing far better than the Wii U, I don't think either camp has anything to worry about.

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      January 7, 2014 2:35 PM

      I don't really know what this means yet, since there are so few games available for either system and console selection may have been heavily influenced by the launch titles.

      However, I will say that I could go to my Best Buy and buy an XBox One right now. PS3s are still on backorder. That could be because MS did a better job producing enough units. Or it could be that XBO isn't selling as well. Maybe a bit of both.

      I don't think anyone will really be able to say definitively which one is selling better for at least 6 months, maybe a year.

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        January 7, 2014 9:59 PM

        What it means is that both consoles are selling several times faster than any previous console generation so there will be tons of games coming sooner than any other generation. 4.2 plus 3 equals a huge new generation with easier than ever cross-platform games means developers can take bigger risks, try different things.

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