PS4 global sales hit 73.6M as of 31 Dec 2017
Capping off what has been a fantastic year for the PlayStation 4, Sony Interactive Entertainment reports that more than 5.4 million PS4 units were sold to consumers during the holiday 2017 period (20 Nov to 31 Dec). That puts the cumulative global sales at 73.6 million as of 31 December, making 2017 the best annual performer since the console’s launch in 2013.
Here are the rough annual figures, rounded up from various SIE news releases throughout the years:
- 2013 (15 Nov – 28 Dec 2013): 4.2 million units
- 2014 (8 Feb 2014 – 4 Jan 2015): 13.3 million units
- 2015 (4 Jan 2015 – 3 Jan 2016): 17.4 million units
- 2016 (3 Jan 2016 – 1 Jan 2017): 17.5 million units
- 2017 (1 Jan 2017 – 31 Dec 2017): 20.2 million units
Microsoft has stopped publishing Xbox One sales figures but IGN and VGChartz puts that estimate at 30 to 35 million, far behind where the PS4 currently stands. However, the recent launch of the Xbox One X – which went relatively well in the US and UK – may see the system finally jumping back to life.
The bigger contender against Sony’s reign is the Nintendo Switch, which sold more than 10 million units in its first ten months. It made headlines for becoming the fastest selling home console in Japan as well as in the US, set to rise even further as more games roll out for the system.
SIE estimates more than 645 million PS4 games were sold to consumers as of December 2017, which works out to an average of 8.7 games per console, hammering home the fact that software sells hardware.
Although the PlayStation 4 doesn’t have as stacked a line-up this season as compared to 2017, there still are plenty of attention-grabbing titles coming our way. God of War, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, and Spider-Man are just some of the exclusives that made their way onto our Top 30 list. And that’s not counting the PlayStation VR ecosystem, which Sony hopes to have 280 titles for by the end of the year.