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PS4 Takes The Lead In The Console War With 4.2 Million Sales

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PS4 Takes The Lead In The Console War With 4.2 Million Sales

Sony's PS4 is barreling into 2014 with 4.2 million units sold by the end of last year, the company announced at CES 2014 today. That announcement comes just a day after Microsoft announced 3 million Xbox Ones sold. Both are staggering numbers that dwarf previous console launches, but this is Sony’s summer momentum in action.

The console war is still hard to gauge right now — both machines have been available in different numbers of markets for different amounts of time, but launch and holidays still account for a huge number of sales, and I have yet to see more than one or two PS4s in the wild on store shelves. It’s looking like Sony is pulling ahead, and the PS4 hasn’t even launched in its home market of Japan.

There are a lot of reasons why Sony has seen such a positive response in the past couple weeks, but going forward, it’s main advantage remains its $100 price advantage over the Xbox One. The former just hasn’t made the argument for that extra price yet, so the PS4 becomes the most logical choice. Supply is still falling short of demand, so these numbers should keep climbing quickly for a month or two.

One thing is certain — there are a whole lot of next-gen consoles on the market right now, and not a whole lot of games to play on them. Expect something of a publisher arms race to fill that void, and a whole lot of fun games to play as the year progresses.

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