...as expected, Sony has announced its hardware sales details for last year. The company officially sold through 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in 2013 - and that's sold to consumers, not retailers.
The hardware manufacturer took advantage of this year's CES to hand out some additional facts and figures: The average PS4 gamer is picking up two games with their consoles, with 9.7 million units of software sold. Even more impressively, PlayStation Plus subscriptions have risen by more than 90%, which is not really surprising given that you now need one if you want to play online.
And proving that gaming is no longer a solitary affair, gamers are taking to streaming media in droves. More than 1.7 million gameplay broadcasts have been started via Twitch on PS4, with the streaming service explaining that 20% of broadcasts between December 23 and January 3 came from the new Sony console.
Matthew DiPietro, VP of Marketing at Twitch, explains:
Based on our success with PlayStation 4, which currently represents twenty percent of our broadcaster base, our vision was on the mark. We envision a day when broadcasting your gameplay is a ubiquitous piece of the gaming experience. We're well on our way.
Yesterday, we heard that Microsoft had sold more than 3 million Xbox One consoles to gamers since launching in 13 countries on November 22nd. The PlayStation 4 launched both before and after the Xbox One (November 15th in America, November 29th in Europe, Australia and other territories), so it's still a very close race. With the PlayStation 4 still not available in Japan, Sony's anticipated to pull ahead slightly in the coming months.
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