Yeah, that's a lot of console-y goodness. And a very impressive number too, with Sony's PlayStation 4 selling through 5.9 million units during the 2017 holiday period. Which brings the year end total lifetime sales of the console to 73.6 million units globally as of December 31, 2017.
“Thanks to the continued support from our fans across the globe, we are honored to announce remarkable sales during the holiday season,” said John Kodera, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “PlayStation Network continues to demonstrate spectacular growth, with the number of PlayStation Plus subscribers surpassing 31.5 million, and PS Store recording its largest-ever monthly content sales in December 2017. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our community and our partners for helping us achieve such phenomenal milestones. 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.”
With Microsoft no longer reporting on sales numbers for Xbox One hardware, we can only go by current estimations that indicate lifetime PS4 sales sit at around double that of Xbox One. In other impressive numbers 55.9 million PS4 games were sold during the 2017 holiday season in retail stores, which means non-digital to those of us who refuse to go "outside".
Showing no sings of slowing down, rumours of an imminent PS5 announcement might be a bit premature. Still, we wouldn't be surprised if we saw the next PlayStation console in 2019.