4.1 million more consoles were sold through the holiday season (that's 4,099,999 plus me!) bringing the grand total of PS4's sold to over 18.5 million. Playstation Plus subscriptions also reached 10.9 million subscribers, letting close to 60% of PS4 owners to experience the full on-line and multiplayer capabilities of their games and access the monthly PS Plus free games.
Despite being outsold by the Xbox One in November and seeing holiday prices 50-100 dollars more for selected bundles over the holiday period, the PS4 is continuing to see strong figures at the register. While the gap is closing it's good to see both consoles with strong sales figures, because even though this generation is seeing much fewer true exclusives than last gen (with some notable exceptions), strong competition will hopefully ensure fewer exclusives in the future - letting everybody play, and keep both industry giants honest - giving the consumers the best incentives possible to stay with their brand.
The full press release from Sony on the latest figures is below.
In addition, over 10.9 million users have been taking advantage of the features and benefits of the PlayStation®Plus (PS Plus) membership service, as of January 2, 2015. Subscribers have access to a wide variety of features such as "Instant Game Collection," which allows members to play full versions of popular titles from third party developers and publishers, as well as from SCE Worldwide Studios, with no time limits or extra costs. PS4 owners have also been enjoying online multiplayer with PS Plus.
"We are absolutely delighted that so many customers around the globe have continued to select PS4 as their console of choice throughout this holiday season," said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "We will continue to reinforce and deliver additional value on PS4 as the best place to play, by bringing even more exciting content and by enriching our wide array of service offerings."
With strong support from users as well as 3rd party developers and publishers worldwide, PS4 software sales also remain strong with more than 81.8 million*1 copies sold in retail stores globally and through digital downloads on PlayStation®Store as of January 4, 2015, including 17.8 million*3 sold during the holiday season*2.
The PS4 system's games portfolio will continue to expand with highly anticipated titles such as STREET FIGHTER V (CAPCOM CO., LTD), Batman: Arkham Knight (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), Bloodborne (SCE Worldwide Studios), The Order: 1886 (SCE WWS), The Tomorrow Children (SCE WWS), Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (SCE WWS) , and Until Dawn (SCE WWS). The independent development community will also continue to deliver innovative new titles for PS4 including The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts), The Witness (Jonathan Blow) and No Man's Sky (Hello Games).*4
SCE will continue to expand the world of PS4 to deliver entertainment experiences that are only possible on PlayStation.
The PS4 system is currently available in 123 countries and regions*5 worldwide.
*1 Number of retail sales to consumers is estimated by SCEI. PS4 sales data in Japan collected 2/22/2014 - 1/4/2015. PS4 sales data in North America collected 11/15/2013 - 1/3/2015, in Europe and Latin America collected 11/29/2013 - 1/3/2015, and in Asia collected 12/17/2013 - 1/4/2015.
*2 From 11/24/2014 - 1/4/2015 for Japan and Asia, from 11/23/2014 - 1/3/2015 for North America, Latin America and Europe territories.
*3 Number of retail sales to consumers is estimated by SCEI. PS4 sales data in Japan collected 11/24/2014 - 1/4/2015. PS4 sales data in North America, Latin America and Europe collected 11/23/2014 - 1/3/2015, and in Asia collected 11/24/2014 - 1/4/2015.
*4 Title line-up as well as the number of titles differ by regions.
*5 Number as of 12/2/14.
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