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Sony's PlayStation 4 sales skyrocket to 10 million

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, while at the Gamescom conference in Cologne, Sony Corp disclosed that total sales of its PlayStation 4 video game console has surpassed 10 million units. This is the actual number of consoles bought by consumers, not shipped to retailers. In its first full fiscal year, Sony's PS3 only sold 3.61 million, so the success of the PS4 platform is an incredible feat.

PlayStation 4 sales hit 10 million
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Apparently the console is selling about three games per console purchase because their games shipment has reached a staggering 30 million units.

The PlayStation 4 appealed to core gamers for a number of reasons including availability, a relatively affordable price and higher graphics performance compared to its Microsoft's Xbox One.

While at Gasmescom, Sony also unveiled its a new game sharing feature and confirmed that the PS TV micro-console would be launching in the US on October 14 and in the UK on November 14. This tiny device will allow PS4 owners to stream games and some third-party applications such as Netflix to other televisions within the household.

Gamers with a taste for the classics will also be able to access PlayStation's greatest titles via PlayStation Now (PlayStation Now will only be available in Europe from 2015 onwards). Ready for more exciting news? PS Tv will retail at $99 in the United States.

Sony didn't stop there with the surprises at Gamescom. They also announced SharePlay feature for the PS4 that Sony says will work as a “virtual couch”. This will allow gamers to share games with friends remotely even if they do not own a game – either ‘handing over’ their controller in single-player titles or playing together in co-op modes.