PlayStation 4 passes 75 million mark


Sony’s most recent financial results reveal that more than 75 million PlayStation 4s have been sold worldwide.

To be precise, Sony has announced that 2.5 million PlayStation 4s were sold in the last quarter of 2017, adding to a cumulative total of 73.6 million units as of December 31, 2017 to make a total of 76.1 million unit sales.

Sony’s figures do show that – unsurprisingly after more than four years on release – sales of the PS4 are beginning to slow down slightly — in the previous quarter of 2017, 2.9 million PS4s were sold. That slow-down is being offset by software sales, however: Q4 2017 full-game sales rose to 52 million, up from 50 million in the previous quarter. And that trend was apparent over the full year: 2017’s cumulative total of 246.9 million is comfortably higher than 2016’s 217.9 million. 

In addition, subscriptions to PlayStation Plus are on an upward trend: the latest figure of 34.2 million subscribers compares favourably with the 26.4 million subscribers it had a year ago. 

With the recently released God of War wowing the critics and PS4 exclusives like Detroit: Become Human and Spider Man waiting in the wings, there’s clearly plenty of life left in the PlayStation 4, and it remains on course to become one of Sony’s most successful consoles (the PlayStation 2, which sold over 158 million units, remains its biggest success). So we shouldn’t hold our breath in anticipation of the PlayStation 5 just yet.

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Steve Boxer
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.