Sony Sells 4.2M PS4 Devices, Unveils New Cloud TV Service

Jan 07, 2014 03:41 PM EST | Matt Mercuro


Sony Corp confirmed this week that it sold 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles as of Dec. 28, besting the 3 million Microsoft Xbox One gaming systems sold as of the end of 2013, according to Reuters.

The company announced during its CES keynote that it will start testing a new PS-based service that will combine TV viewing with on-demand programing.

PlayStation CEO Andrew House said at the Las Vegas event that Sony is attempting to make a more "personal service" for its customers who are accustomed to getting most of their TV content through cable companies.

PlayStation will combine DVR content, live cable, and on-demand programing to attract those who are tired of their current cable-service providers.

More details will be released before the end of 2014, according to Reuters.

"For years, consumer electronics companies have tried in various forms to transform the living room and the home entertainment experience because it is fundamentally outdated and flawed," House said to a large crowd during the keynote.

House also said that the company will launch "PlayStation Now" by this summer. The service will let people stream games from remote cloud-based servers directly to game consoles, tablets, smartphones, or TVs.

The service uses technology from Gaikai, a company Sony purchased in 2012 for $380 million, according to Reuters. 

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