Sony sold over 4.2 million of its new PlayStation 4 consoles in 2013 after hitting store shelves in November worldwide.

On Tuesday from the stage of CES in Las Vegas, Sony announced that it had sold about 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles so far, outselling the Xbox One sales by 1.2 million units.

The impressive figure recorded between the launch date of the console and December 28. Explosive growth! Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. said that gamers around the world had enjoyed the gaming experience offered by their next-gen console and Sony’s entire network.

“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,” He said in a press release.Sony has been in a console war with Microsoft’s Xbox One, and the boom of the PS4 has reflected the whole ecosystem positively. He noted that about 9.7 million games were sold at the PlayStation store and retail outlets with a significant boost during the holiday season.

Yesterday, Microsoft said that over 3 million Xbox One units were sold before the end of 2013 in 13 markets and the Xbox One will be expanding to other regions during 2014.

Thanks to PlayStation 4, the PlayStation Plus (PS Plus) subscription also thrived, which grew by 90% since the launch of the next-gen console.

FYI, the members of PS Plus get access to the Instant Game Collection and can play the full versions of the most popular titles with no time limit at no additional cost. Currently the offer includes Resogun from Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) and Contrast from Compulsion Games, and it will add more exciting titles in 2014.

Moreover, Sony is preparing to launch many new features to further enhance the user experience of the PS4 in 2014. The PlayStation Now, the new video game streaming service is one of them.

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