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5.9 Million PlayStation 4's Were Sold Over Christmas

That's a lot of consoles

Sony have revealed that 5.9 million PlayStation 4 consoles were sold to consumers over the holiday period, taking the total number of consoles sold to 73.6 million as of December 31st 2017. They also revealed  more than 55.9 million PS4 games were sold during the 2017 holiday season in both retail stores and via the PlayStation store, which means a grand total of 645.0 million game have been sold.

Top top it all the PS Store recording its largest-ever monthly content sales in December 2017 and PlayStation Plus membership have surpassed 31.5 million subscribers.

Sony are not alone in celebrating record sales, with Nintendo Switch becoming fastest-selling video game system of all time in the United States.

I guess that the people who loudly proclaimed “games consoles are dead” before the launch of this generation are feeling now just a little bit stupid right now.

Source: Press release

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15 Comments
  1. Crazy_Del
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Impressive! Also well done on Nintendo. My pal got Nintendo on Black Friday deals and his Mrs got him a PS4 for Xmas…. brilliant as we can now swap games on PS4 xD

    Comment posted on 09/01/2018 at 10:53.
  2. kjkg
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    It’s a bit of a juggernaut just now, really quite impressive.

    I actually got a switch for Christmas, been playing Odyssey. That is one hell of a game right there.

    Comment posted on 09/01/2018 at 11:49.
  3. camdaz
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    Not very good reading for Microsoft:
    “Nintendo Switch becoming fastest-selling video game system of all time in the United States”
    A not so merry Christmas for them.

    Comment posted on 09/01/2018 at 13:07.
    • JR.
      Member
      Since: Apr 2013

      Not really. I heard 755 million seconds were spent browsing the XBL store in December and that sounds pretty impressive.

      Comment posted on 09/01/2018 at 14:03.
      • camdaz
        Member
        Since: May 2009

        That has nothing to do with xbox sales. You don’t even need a xbox to browse the store, a pc or windows tablet will suffice.

        Since the first xbox was released it has always been the best selling console in america, now it’s not.

        Comment posted on 09/01/2018 at 14:29.
      • MOVE
        Member
        Since: Mar 2010

        @camdaz

        The first Xbox was definately NOT the best selling console in America. It sold around 25 mio in all and PS2 sold past 155 mio in all. Out of those I’m sure more than 25 mio was sold in the new world.

        Comment posted on 09/01/2018 at 19:52.
      • camdaz
        Member
        Since: May 2009

        Yes the PS2 outsold the xbox in NA in total sales but I’m sure I read somewhere that from the xbox release date (11/2001) it outsold the PS2 (released a year earlier). If not my bad :(

        Comment posted on 09/01/2018 at 22:38.
    • BossHog
      Member
      Since: Sep 2017

      So Sony are the only company giving numbers, Microsoft are totally silent and Nintendo are cherry picking regional snapshot sound bytes

      Comment posted on 09/01/2018 at 19:18.
  4. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    This is terrible news – unless PS4 sales slow down PS5 won’t launch any time soon. ;)

    Comment posted on 09/01/2018 at 13:40.
    • MrYd
      Member
      Since: Mar 2011

      You’d be looking at 2019/20 for that anyway. I’d guess 2020, or something weird happens. A PS4 Pro 2 effectively being a PS5 in 2020? If the PS4 sales keep up, it’d make sense for Sony to abandon the whole idea of “new” consoles and just keep upgrading the current one. Or drop the whole number thing and just have a PlayStation and update it every 2 or 3 years.

      MS will probably come up with something weirdly named around the same time. An XBox One X Two? Or maybe they’ll think it counts as an XBox 4. Look at Windows for how much sense their numbering ever makes.

      Nintendo will do something stupid, and follow the Switch with something that does as badly as the Wii U and have half a dozen games everyone seems to love.

      No mention of PSVR sales from Sony though? I presume that means it’s stalled at 2m and it’s a big failure? ;)

      Comment posted on 09/01/2018 at 16:04.
  5. Tomhlord
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Apr 2009

    645.0 million games – this is the most impressive stat. Selling devices is one thing, but as we learnt from the Wii, selling games is a better measure.

    Comment posted on 09/01/2018 at 13:42.
  6. bunimomike
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    How long is the Christmas/Holiday period?

    Comment posted on 09/01/2018 at 14:29.
    • Steelhead
      Member
      Since: Oct 2013

      Most retail businesses refer to the year in quarters, with oct-dec being the ‘golden quarter’ so they may mean this.

      Comment posted on 09/01/2018 at 14:42.
      • bunimomike
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        I was pretty much angling for that. If that’s the case, the figure is nearly two million per month. Bloody hell!

        Comment posted on 09/01/2018 at 14:54.
  7. BossHog
    Member
    Since: Sep 2017

    So Sony are the only company giving numbers, Microsoft are totally silent and Nintendo are cherry picking regional snapshot sound bytes

    Comment posted on 09/01/2018 at 19:19.

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