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PlayStation 4 has sold over 70 million units worldwide

Current generation console approaches lifetime sales of PlayStation 3

After four years on the market the PlayStation 4 has sold over 70.6 million units.

Sony today announced that worldwide sales figures for the PlayStation 4 are just shy of the PlayStation 3's lifetime sales, which reached 80 million in seven years.

According to Sony, more than 617.8 million PlayStation 4 games have been sold through both retail and digital downloads.

PlayStation VR is also performing reasonably well, having sold two million units since its launch in October 2016 - around half-a-million of which were in the last quarter alone - and a total 12.2 million games.

PlayStation has enjoyed a stellar year, shifting more units over Black Friday than in the company's 23-year history, and selling around 20 million consoles in just 12 months.

"I cannot thank our fans and partners enough," said Andrew House, chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment. "Their support, since the launch of the very first PlayStation in 1994, has helped to make PlayStation one of the biggest console gaming networks in the world."

As a point of comparison, latest estimates for the Xbox One put the number of consoles sold at around 33 million, though Microsoft ceased reporting sales figures in 2015. It's also worth noting that the estimate pre-dates the launch of the Xbox One X which has performed very well since launching last month.

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