With a bevy of exciting exclusive games coming in 2018 for the PS4, there’s no doubt that a plethora of PlayStation fans are already more than eager to get their hands on copies of titles like Santa Monica Studio’s God of War or Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man. Now, those exclusives have a lot larger pool of fans to attract in 2018, for the already massive number of dedicated PlayStation players grew over the course of last year’s holiday festivities, with Sony’s current generation console having sold nearly 6 million units during the season.
According to Sony Interactive Entertainment, upwards of 5.9 million PS4 units were purchased by consumers during last year’s holiday season–that is, the end of November through the close of the year–which brings the current total of PlayStation 4 consoles sold to a whopping 73.6 million units worldwide as of December 31, 2017. In addition to hardware sales, the company also noted that 55.9 million PS4 games were sold during the season, including both physical and digital downloads through the PlayStation Store, which adds up to 645 million copies of games selling cumulatively as of the end of last year.
There’s no doubt that Sony managed to reach this particular sales feat thanks to the help of several solid deals being offered through the holiday season, including deep discounts for the PlayStation 4 Slim that caused the price to drop to a remarkably low $200 or less. The PlayStation 4 Pro also received markdowns at some stores, too, but Sony didn’t reveal exactly how many units sold during the season.
All things considered, while many would consider Sony’s sales of the PlayStation 4 during the 2017 holidays to be a triumphant success for the company, it’s worth noting that these numbers for PS4 sales are down from 2016, as Sony sold 6.2 million PS4s during that particular season. Nevertheless, it’s safe to presume that the current generation system’s total sales will eclipse those of its precursor either this year or in 2019, as the PS3 sold nearly 84 million, with the PS4 just needing a little more than 10 million sold to surpass its predecessor.
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