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Sony: 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles sold in 2013

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More than 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles have been sold to consumers, Andrew House President of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. announced on stage during the company's CES keynote Tuesday.

Sony followed up the staggering announcement with a press release soon after, outlining some of the success of the new console.

"The momentum of the PS4 system keeps getting stronger and we couldn't be more thrilled gamers worldwide are enjoying the incredibly immersive gaming experiences along with deep social capabilities and entertainment provided by our network," House said. "After a remarkable launch, we look forward to bringing even more exciting content and continuing to explore the power of the PS4 system."

Software sales -- where Sony makes its real money off each console sold -- remained strong throughout the holiday season. The Japanese electronics giant estimates more than 9.7 million copies of games were sold in stores and through digital distribution on the PlayStation Store. Top sellers included "Call of Duty Ghosts," "Battlefield 4" and "Killzone Shadow Fall."

With many of the top selling games featuring multiplayer components, PlayStation Plus subscriptions reached an all time high. Subscriptions increased more than 90 percent since the launch. The service is now required to play multiplayer games online, similar to Microsoft's Xbox Live. It also featured two free games, "Contrast" and "Resogun."

IGN broke down the sales figures in relation to other recent console launches. Sony's 4.2 million consoles sold in the six weeks since launch eclipses Microsoft's touted 3 million consoles after five weeks. In less than two months, it has already surpassed the worldwide lifetime sales of Nintendo's Wii U, which is sitting at 3.91 million after launching 11 months prior to the last sales figures.

Despite the sales discrepancy between the PS4 and Xbox One, both consoles are well beyond their predecessors at this point. An estimated 1.5 million Xbox 360 units were sold in the same period in 2005 and 1.7 million PlayStation 3 consoles were sold during the same period in 2006. It's still too early to determine where either console will end the generation, but these are impressive numbers nonetheless.

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