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PS4 sold 4.2 million consoles worldwide in 2013

The PS4 crosses 4.2 million units sold from launch to the new year. (Sony)

Sony just announced the 2013 sales figures for the Playstation 4 at the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday. As expected, it came out ahead of the 3 million Xbox One consoles but exceeded the expectations of most.

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. President Andrew House revealed that the PS4 sold 4.2 million consoles to consumers in 52 different countries as of Dec. 28, 2013. The Xbox One launched in only 13 countries in 2013.

As Baird Senior Analyst Colin Sebastian noted on Twitter, that is well above the approximately 3 million units that many in the gaming industry predicted.

By comparison, the Playstation 3 launched with 3.68 million units sold in 2006 but was also $100 to $200 more expensive than the $399 launch price of the PS4.

The console wars are in full swing now with the holiday launch windows for both the PS4 and Xbox One out of the way. Both consoles performed better than expected which is a good thing for game developers and publishers as more next-gen consoles in the hands of consumers means the long, slow downturn of the game industry will turn around as gamers spend more on new games for their new consoles.

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