Good goodness, we've been reading off the VG Chartz charts for a while, letting people know (and using them to fight unwinnable fanboy console wars) but it's now time to actually use the figures literally, as Sony has confirmed what many of us have known for a while: The PlayStation 4 has breached the 7 million mark for its install base as of April 6th of this year, putting it ahead of the Wii U by a million units and ahead of the Xbox One by a gap of nearly 3 million units.

Sid Shuman, the social media manager for Sony PlayStation Computer Entertainment announced over on the official PlayStation blog that Sony has conquered the lucky number seven, and that the PS4 is well on its way toward that 10 million mark before the year is out.

Shuman exuberantly wrote...
“On behalf of the entire global team at PlayStation, I want to thank you for your unprecedented support and for making PS4 your next-generation console of choice. We couldn’t have done this without you! And please keep the feedback coming: we are listening.”

I love that last line. It's a strong reiteration of what Sony said last year when Pete Dodd's #PS4NoDRM campaign was well underway, and Sony basically said.. “We are listening”. They listened.

Microsoft also said something similar but then went and did the very thing that gamers begged them not to do; and so gamers took their pre-orders and went over to the Sony camp and then Microsoft got really, really, really butt – ehh, I mean, disappointed. That's when they eventually reversed their policies.

However, in Microsoft's case, it was (and almost is) too late. They'll need to work their way up from the bottom of the barrel with practically zero momentum. Sony, on the other hand, has basically made bank based solely on Microsoft's blunders.

In fact, the PlayStation 4 has gone on to help Sony make some money coming out of 2013, and according to Shuman's post, the system has already moved more than 20.5 million retail and digital copies of PS4 software as of April 13th, 2014. That's more than 6.8 million game units and more than a million PS4 SKUs since the start of March, earlier this year, when Sony announced that they had shifted more than 6 million PS4s and 13.7 million software titles.

Sony's announcement of this news also follows with a brand new firmware update inbound, version 1.70 to be exact, as many PS4 owners begging for an update had become as irascible as a Siberian wife who nags her husband to stop bathing goats on the kitchen table. I tell you the honest truth, you've never had magic gulag soup until you've had it with a dose of goat's hair. Try it sometime... it'll make your nostril fur perk up like Richard Simmons at the men's Olympic diving events.

But getting back to that 1.70 update, there's some good things being made available for all of those who were willing to wait for greatness, from the ShareFactory to the new auto-download feature. There are some sweet, sweet things in there that any PlayStation owner should be thrilled with, unless they're as bitter as a grizzled, blind, mute, deaf, tongueless vocal musician. In that case, that's not Sony's fault that you should have become a professional flower-sniffer.

Anyway, you can learn more about the update over on the PlayStation blog, or you can take the news to the official Xbox forums and rub it in their faces. Let them know that they're in third place, also known as the position that losers are too ashamed to speak of because it's even worse than second place, and we all know that second place is where first-place failures go to sit... unless it's the Wii U, in which case it's just getting in a good stretch before making the long run back to first place.

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