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Sony bigs up Twitch as PS4 sales hit six million

Firm says that its bedroom botherer is well social
Tue Mar 04 2014, 10:44

GAMES OUTFIT Sony has sold six million of its Playstation 4 (PS4) consoles since it released the black box late last year.

We heard recently that it had sold 5.3 million units, and now it is back again with a refreshed total and a lot of talk about how people use the console socially by Twitching and watching other people playing.

Sony playstation PS4 with controller

A blog post from the firm pores over this stuff, and confirms reports about the six million number.

"Cumulative PS4 sales have now surpassed six million units worldwide following the successful launch in Japan just over a week ago. It's truly humbling to see the rate at which gamers across the globe are choosing PS4 as their next [generation] console of choice," said Sony marketing VP John Koller.

"Even more exciting is what happens when gamers power up their PS4s. In the United States, more than 90 percent of PS4s are online, enabling gamers to connect, compete and share their greatness with friends and fellow gamers."

According to Koller the PS4 has been host to over 3.5 million live broadcasts and 56 million "spectate sessions" over Ustream and Twitch, He added that since the start of this year PS4 use has taken 20 percent of daily traffic on the latter network.

This might change soon though, as Microsoft is close to adding Twitch to the Xbox 360. Redmond spokesman Major Nelson has blogged about the firm's moves in that direction and promised that Xbox gamers will be able to broadcast on Twitch from 11 March.

Nelson said that Xbox Twitch will have console specific features, and yesterday he broadcast a Plants vs Zombies session to interested parties. µ


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