Total sales of the PlayStation 4 reached 4.2 million by December 28, according to Sony Computer Entertainment.
The figures – which represent the first full month of the console’s global release – are equal the first three quarter’s sales of its predecessor, the PlayStation 3, which sold 4.2 million units in the last two quarters of 2006 and the first quarter of 2007, according to historic figures from Sony’s website.
“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.”
The firm says PS4 game titles have sold more than 9.7 million units. That figure represents both retail sales and digital downloads. Best sellers include Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, FIFA 14 and Killzone: Shadow Fall.
A cornerstone of the new PlayStation is the emphasis on online services, particularly premium subscription services. Sony say global membership of PlayStation Plus – the premium version of the PlayStation Network – have increased by 90 per cent since the PS4 launch.
The company says PS4 users have uploaded and shared more than 1.7 million gameplay broadcasts, totalling more than 55 million minutes of video streaming.
The PS4 system is now available in 53 countries and territories globally.