Sony Computer Entertainment announced today that the PlayStation 4 has sold through more than 35.9 million units as of January 3, 2016. Of that total, 5.7 million units were sold during the 2015 holiday season, stretching from November 22, 2015 to January 3, 2016 depending on region. Sony is reporting "sold through", so these are actual PS4s sold to consumers, not simply shipped to stores.
Sony is also saying that 35 million copies of PS4 software were sold at retail and the digital PlayStation Store. PlayStation Plus subscribers were up 60 percent year-over-year, so more people are getting those sweet, sweet "free" games.
"We are absolutely delighted that so many customers have selected PS4 as the best place to play throughout this holiday season and that the PS4 community is growing more than ever," said SCE president Andrew House. "We remain steadfast in our commitment to deliver innovative entertainment experiences, and look forward to bringing an unprecedented games portfolio from third party developers and publishers and SCE Worldwide Studios, including Uncharted: A Thief's End, New Hot Shots Golf (working title) and The Last Guardian, this coming year."
Sony's projections for PlayStation 4 sales call for 38.8 million units sold by March 31, 2016. That's quite doable for the the system, which sold around 2.5 to 3 million per quarter in the last fiscal year. Microsoft is looking to thin the PS4-Xbox One gap, but Sony is still holding onto exclusives like Street Fighter V, Persona 5, Valkyria: Azure Revolution, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, and King of Fighters XIV during 2016. In addition, Hideo Kojima's first title with new studio will be console exclusive for a PlayStation platform in addition to a PC release.
Basically, unless something changes soon, the PlayStation 4 has clearly run away with the crown for this console generation. The Xbox One is trying to put up a fight and it remains to be seen if Nintendo's NX can overtake Sony's current home console. With sales numbers like this and that commanding lead, developers and publishers will be more likely to bet on the PS4 as their home console of choice if they only have the resources to support a single system. That means, Sony's position becomes stronger unless Microsoft opens its wallet a bit more or Nintendo completely surprises with its latest console.