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The PlayStation 4 Finished 2017 On A High Note, Worldwide Sales Top 73.6 Million

by Jelani James

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In news that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, Sony has revealed that the PlayStation 4 had a really impressive 2017.

According to Sony’s most recent numbers on its website, revealed that the PlayStation 4 sold more than 73.6 million units globally as of Dec. 31, 2017, thanks in part to a spike of 5.9 million units sold during the the holiday season (defined as the period between Nov. 20 and Dec. 31).

As one might expect, the hefty amount of hardware sales were followed by plenty of software sales and Sony revealed there was an overwhelming amount of them. Within the holiday season alone, 55.9 million PS4 titles were sold both in retail stores worldwide and through digital downloads, pushing the total amount of copies sold as of Dec. 31, 2017 to 645 million.

As suggested earlier, the fact that the PlayStation 4 managed to have such strong numbers in 2017 shouldn’t really come as a surprise. Though Sony didn’t release a new console like Nintendo or Microsoft, it still found success thanks to its consistent offering of games which provided impetus for players to purchase existing hardware.

That said, it did suffer a slight drop in sales when compared to the 2016 holiday season (6.2 million), but considering that it was up against the Switch (which is still selling at an astonishing rate) and the Xbox One X, such a result is to be expected.

Despite said drop, the PlayStation 4 still had an impressive 2017 and John Kodera, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, offered a brief statement to celebrate:

“Thanks to the continued support from our fans across the globe, we are honored to announce remarkable sales during the holiday season. 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 sales of content 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.”

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