Sales for the PS4 During the Holiday Season Were Actually Down

But PS4 Software Sales and PS Plus Numbers Were Up 

Sony has announced that 5.9 million PS4’s were sold during the Holiday season, according to a January 4th press release. An impressive number, for sure, but a figure that is actually down from 2016 when it sold 6.2 million consoles. The period in question spans from November 20th to December 31st.

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This brings the total worldwide sales of the PS4 to 73.6 million as of December 31st, 2017. This accounts for all models of the PS4 including the PS4 Pro.

While hardware sales may have slipped for Sony, software sales were up during the Holidays with 55.9 million games sold. The company sold 50 million games during the 2016 Holiday season. Since its initial console launch in November 2013, the total PS4 games sold is up to 645 million.

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our community and our partners for helping us achieve such phenomenal milestones,” said newly appointed president and CEO of SIE, 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.”

Sony has also announced that PS Plus subscribers have now risen above 31.5 million. The PlayStation Store also had its best recorded month during December 2017. Specific numbers, unfortunately, were not provided.

While it’s obvious that Sony won’t want a repeat in 2018, there are specific factors that may have resulted in the dip in sales. The Nintendo Switch, for instance, celebrated its first Holiday season. Nintendo recently boasted that its latest console, since its launch in March 2017, has already sold 10 million units worldwide including 4.8 million in the US alone.

Microsoft has been quiet on the sales front for a while now. While they haven’t released any numbers, we’re sure the Xbox One S and Xbox One X were big moneymakers for Microsoft regardless.

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