PS4 shifts 5.9 million units over Christmas

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Sony has announced that it sold 5.9 million PlayStation 4s worldwide during the recent holiday season.

By all criteria, the PlayStation 4 is shaping up to be one of Sony’s most successful consoles ever. The company confirmed that, as of December 31 2017, more than 73.6 million PS4s had been sold worldwide.

It added that more than 55.9 million PS4 games (both physical and digital) were also sold over the Christmas period, bringing the PS4’s cumulative number of games sold to a stunning 645 million units.

Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO John Kodera said: “Thanks to the continued support from our fans across the globe, we are honoured to announce remarkable sales during the holiday season. PlayStation Network continues to demonstrate spectacular growth, with the number of PlayStation Plus subscribers surpassing 31.5 million, and PS Store recording its largest-ever monthly sales of content in December 2017.”

Sales-wise, the PS4 appears to have comprehensively won the console battle with Microsoft’s Xbox One. Microsoft has never released sales figures for its current-gen console, but up to July 2017, it was believed to have sold just over 30 million Xbox Ones.

The PS4 still has a way to go before becoming a contender for the crown of Sony’s most successful console. That accolade belongs to the PlayStation 2, which sold over 155 million units during its life-cycle, making it officially the most successful console of all time.

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Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.