The release of the PlayStation 4 Pro was bound to give the overall PlayStation 4 sales a boost this holiday season, and that has definitely been the case so far. Following the Black Friday sales season we’ve been hearing about what items have been in demand and which ones weren’t, and both PlayStation 4 consoles sold very well.
Sony has just revealed that due to the strong Black Friday sales for the console, the console has now sold over 50 million units worldwide. In fact, they even went as far as saying that the Black Friday sales week was the best one ever in PlayStation’s history, with these sales numbers being as current as December 6th.
This has all been helped by strong software sales for the platform as well, with the company reporting that 369.6 million PS4 games have been sold both physically and digitally worldwide in 2016 so far. The release of PS4-exclusive Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End earlier this year definitely helped that, with that game having a massive fanbase and receiving critical acclaim at launch.
Things haven’t been all sunshine and rainbows for the PlayStation brand, however, as it was recently revealed that their recently released PlayStation VR hasn’t caught on as some anticipated. Analytics firm SuperData originally had the sales of Sony’s virtual reality device hitting 2.6 million by the end of this year, though late last month they reduced their estimate to around just 750K.
The one bright point in all of this is that it does put Sony ahead of its biggest competitors in the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The sales estimates for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift remain unchanged, with the Vive’s estimates remaining at 450K and the Rift’s estimates remaining at 355K. The low sales of those platforms have a lot more to do with the fact that it costs a lot more money in order to get them going, as they require high-end PCs that will quickly drive the overall price to well over $1,000.
There’s still some time left in 2016, however, so it will be interesting to see where the numbers are for both versions of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR once 2017 arrives.