Sony claims 4.2m PS4s sold in 2013
Game sales said to reach 9.7m; PS Plus subscriptions increase by more than 90%
Sony Computer Entertainment today announced that estimated cumulative sales of its PlayStation 4 games console have reached 4.2m as of December 28, 2013.
"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 ," said Andrew House, president and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
"After a remarkable launch, we look forward to bringing even more exciting content and continuing to explore the power of the PS4 system by adding new features and services, including PlayStation Now, in 2014."
Sony claimed that PS4 software sales remained strong through the holiday season with more than 9.7m copies sold in retail stores worldwide and through digital downloads on PlayStation Store. A few of the top selling games included Call of Duty: Ghosts from Activision, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag from Ubisoft, Battlefield 4 and FIFA 14 from Electronic Arts, and Killzone Shadow Fall from Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS).
Sony also said that subscriptions to its loyalty network PlayStation Plus have increased by more than 90% since the PS4 launch. PS Plus members have access to the Instant Game Collection and can play the full versions of a number of titles without a time limit and at no extra cost. Current games include Resogun from SCE WWS and Contrast from Compulsion Games.
According to Sony PS4 gamers are actively sharing gameplay experiences through the PS4 system's sharing facilities. The company said that to date, more than 1.7m gameplay broadcasts have been streamed from PS4 systems via video streaming platforms, Twitch and Ustream, totaling more than 55m minutes. According to Twitch, 20% of its broadcasters are PS4 owners. Ustream is also reporting an average of 40 minutes of streaming per broadcaster. All these gameplay broadcasts generate nearly 22m spectator sessions, according to Sony.