Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced its holiday sales totals for the PlayStation 4 (PS4), letting folks know that the system is still out there making money. The PS4 sold 5.9 million units during the holiday season, bringing the lifetime sales total to 73.6 million as of December 31, 2017. SIE defines the holiday season as stretching from November 19, 2017 to December 31, 2017 in North America and Latin America, and November 20, 2017 to December 31, 2017 in Japan, Asia, and Europe. This number is slightly down from 2016's holiday season, where the PS4 sold 6.2 million.
The last time I brought up the PlayStation 2 in regards to PlayStation 4 sales, it was to note that the modern console was just behind its best-selling predecessor. At the four year mark, from its March 4, 2000 launch until March 31, 2004, the PS2 shipped 71.3 million systems. Just past its four year mark, from November 15, 2013 to December 3, 2017, the PS4 sold through 70.6 million systems to consumers.
With the 2017 holiday season though, the PS4 has surged ahead. Another few weeks of sales brought the PS4 to 73.6 million, but over the course of another whole quarter ending on June 30, 2004, the PS2 only came to 72.01 million shipped.
I expect this gap to close though, as the issue with the time-aligned comparison is both systems are experiencing their holiday seasons at different times. Another six months puts the PS2 at end of December 2004, while the PS4 will be in the summer months. It is also worth noting the the PlayStation 2 number involves system shipments, while Sony is currently reporting PlayStation 4 systems sold to consumers, making the latter number even more impressive.
"Thanks to the continued support from our fans across the globe, we are honored to announce remarkable sales during the holiday season," said Sony Interactive Entertainment President John Kodera. "We promise our unwavering commitment to bring more amazing experiences to our fans, including exclusive games and innovative network services, as PS4 continues to flourish as the best place to play."
In other numbers, more than 55.9 million PlayStation 4 games were sold during the 2017 holiday season, bringing the total up to 645 million. PlayStation Plus subscriptions crossed 31.5 million and the PlayStation Store had its largest month of sales in December 2017.
Suffice it to say, PlayStation 4 is still kicking ass.
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