Sony Interactive Entertainment has sold over 50 million PlayStation 4 units worldwide as of 6 December, following strong consumer interest throughout Black Friday and the launch of new PS4 models, both of which are bolstered by the sturdy line of games coming to the platform.
“We’re truly delighted that the PS4 community continues to flourish since launch three years ago,” said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment.
“With tremendous support from our fans and partners across the globe, this year we were able to deliver an unprecedented lineup of hardware such as the new slimmer PS4, PS4 Pro and PlayStation VR. We will continue to provide the best gaming experiences available through our ground-breaking software lineup and network services, as we focus on accelerating our business and expanding the PS4 ecosystem.”
That ecosystem has seen over 369 million games sold through retail and digital channels, a figure that’s set to rise even further with upcoming PS4 exclusives such as Horizon Zero Dawn, Ace Combat 7, God of War, and the highly-anticipated The Last of Us Part II.
It also helps that Sony’s PlayStation VR taps into the budding virtual reality market as one the most affordable entry points, second only to mobile devices.
Comfortable as they may be at the top, Sony is in for some rough waters soon.
Microsoft’s Xbox One has recently been gaining momentum in both the United States and the United Kingdom, thanks in large part to the smaller and updated Xbox One S as well as the rolling out of exclusives such as Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3. There’s more to come in the near future too, including a beefier console codenamed Project Scorpio.
And while Nintendo’s Wii U may have had a poor run, the company is readying itself for the launch of Nintendo Switch, a new console headlined by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and exciting rumors of GameCube Virtual Console support.
Competition is coming in from the PC sector too, in terms of virtual and augmented (or “mixed”) reality. Microsoft and Intel’s collaborative partnership, Project Evo, comprises of a push for affordable head-mounted displays and VR-ready PCs. Next year will see manufacturers Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo release their own take on VR displays, while Intel aims to implement their integrated graphic chipsets with mixed reality support.
Sony may not sail through 2017 unscathed but at least one thing’s for certain: they have a ton of games in the works for the millions of PlayStation owners out there.