Since its release in November 2013, the PS4 has seen great success and sales that have already outpaced its predecessor consoles, and today Sony announced that the system has reached a new milestone with lifetime sales just nearing 36 million units.
In a statement from Sony, the company confirmed that “cumulative sell through” of the PS4 since its launch have reached 35.9 million units worldwide, marking a big rise from the company’s previous report of just over 30 million units at the end of November.
Specifically, the rise is tied to the consoles sales during the holiday season, which Sony explains internally represented sales from November 22nd, 2015 through January 2nd, 2016 for North America, Latin America, and Europe, and from November 23 – January 3rd, 2016 in Japan and Asia: in total, console sales of the PS4 represented more than 5.7 million units sold during those timeframes worldwide.
In addition to hardware numbers, Sony also confirmed that software sales (through digital and retail) have now reached more than 35 million copies across all PS4 titles during the holiday period, though numbers for other platforms (such as PS3 and PS Vita) weren’t specified.
Sony also highlighted that subscriptions to PlayStation Plus have increased by 60% compared to the same time last year, though no specific numbers on the total of its membership at this time were not revealed.
Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House also commented in a statement on the console’s success so far, and also speaking on the great year that will lie ahead for PlayStation fans in 2016:
“We are absolutely delighted that so many customers have selected PS4 as the best place to play throughout this holiday season and that the PS4 community is growing more than ever.”
“We remain steadfast in our commitment to deliver innovative entertainment experiences, and look forward to bringing an unprecedented games portfolio from third party developers and publishers and SCE Worldwide Studios, including Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, New Hot Shots Golf (working title) and The Last Guardian, this coming year.”