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PS4 Sells 5.7 Million During Holidays, Nears 36 Million Overall

Back in November, Sony celebrated PlayStation 4's two-year anniversary by announcing the system had passed 30 million sold worldwide.

But how did the generation's leading console fare in a holiday season where PS4 exclusives were sparse?

Oh, quite well, actually. Today, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) announced that PS4 achieved a sold-through number of 5.7 million units during the 2015 holiday season. This means the system is just shy of the 36 million mark overall. Software sales also "remained strong," as 35 million retail and digital copies of PS4 games sold during the season (as of January 3, 2016).

Additionally, 60 percent more users signed up for PlayStation Plus at the end of 2015 as opposed to the conclusion of the previous year. Said SCE President and Global CEO Andrew House:

"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."

Sony previous referenced the "unprecedented rush" of PS4 games for 2016, and with a well-priced console (now even with Microsoft's Xbox One) and a horde of high-profile exclusives on the way, Sony may have this generation wrapped up already.

Tags: playstation 4 sales, ps4 holiday sales, game console sales

1/5/2016 10:49:58 AM Ben Dutka

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 11:41:31 AM
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That is crazy numbers!

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Temjin001
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 12:51:30 PM
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Cool. Rumor has it that MS has a beefed up XO coming this year. One with much faster graphics processing. Evidence suggests the Xbox One is getting AMD's Polaris APU. We'll have to see how gamers react.

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Karosso
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 1:46:02 PM

That could end up angering their current client base.
"Sorry, your X1 can not play games designed for the X1.1" LOL

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Temjin001
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 2:50:47 PM

They wouldn't do that.
Picture how phones and tablet devices do it.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 4:44:15 PM

What good will that do? In order to make any money, developers have to make games that play on both PS4 and Xbox One; if one is significantly different or more powerful, that won't work out, will it?

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DemonNeno
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 5:54:24 PM

That's not going to happen. The XB1 rumor mill has never come up short of such stories and most have been fruitless. Aside from all of the obvious reasons, many stated already, there's the production problem. MS needs to squeeze every red cent that they can out of the current hardware before reinvesting is a reasonable move. It's not bad enough that kinect systems were shoved down the consumers throats. Now, they're going to beef it up? Nay.

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godsman
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 9:03:07 PM

I think that rumor might be the development of the next Xbox. The third year, they should begin working on the next console. Which makes me to believe next generation PS5 will be backwards compatible to PS4.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 @ 9:40:11 AM

MS and Sony are sitting on highly scaleable archectures. It would be so easy to beef up the spec of hardware. Newer games could easily be set to run at higher resolutions. Even older games could be patched to render at higher resolutions, with increased filtering, and frame rates. Very little work would be required.
I really wouldn't be surprised if there's an effort to move away from hard platform resets beginning this gen.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 1:42:31 PM
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WOO, Woo, WOOWOOOOOOOOOO
("NO!" That's not the sound of a freight train passing you by)

Great on Sony!
And I'm thrilled to be on of those 5.7 million who just added to the PS4's numbers with my 500 GB Uncharted Collection bundle,(which now has been transformed into a 3T 3.5 Desktop HD beastie. And will be updated once again into 6T with another 3.5HD once their price comes down too).

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 2:29:25 PM

This "shadow of the Damned" laptop of mine has a mind of it's own when it comes to pounding out the keys, so it should've read......

thrilled to be "one" of those, yada, yada, yada

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JDC80
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 5:26:36 PM

How you do that? I upgraded to a 1TB but I'm looking to get higher than that later in the year.

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tes37
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 6:48:40 PM

Using a Nyko Data Bank is one way of adding a 3.5 HDD to the PS4. I'm sure people have already come up with homemade solutions for upgrading to a 3.5, but they usually look awful.

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Shauneepeak
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 7:30:35 PM

Did you mod the interior or did you buy one of those expansion bays?

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 8:11:45 PM

FYI: Just check into the "Nyko Data Bank", & it uses the cheaper & more plentiful 3.5 Desktop HD's.
It's usually around $55 & above plus shipping, but check out every vendor on eBay, because I got mine for only $39.99 w/ free shipping from Texas.
Also, I always buy HD "refurbs" & only paid $49.99 for a 2T & $69.95 for a 3T, both 3.5 HD's & both w/ free shipping too.

But be forewarned on 1 thing about the Nyko data banks, if you own an older PS4's(ones with the shiny black HD cover & touch sensor buttons), you can only go up to 2T 3.5 HD's with those & "no higher".

But "good news" if you have the newer PS4's that has the matt black HD cover & actual on/off & game eject buttons(models 1200 or 1215A), Sony just lifted their HD restrictions a few weeks ago, so now you can go as high as 6T with the 3.5 HD's, "but no higher" for now.

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Banky A
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 @ 4:55:20 AM

Welcome Biker! Congrats.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 8:23:36 PM
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BTW, I forgot to mention that I get my HD reburbs from Newegg.
(And I've never had a problem with any of my "refurbs" either)

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godsman
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 8:59:26 PM
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Problem with Microsoft is that they rely only on the US for sales. when they fall and stumble, rather than reaching out to the rest of the world for support, they severe their relationship and focus on one country. Microsoft screwed over so many japanese developers last gen and this gen. Thats why we see all japanese developed games are PS4 exclusives. Sony will ride the industry like they did from PS1 to PS2 into next gen. As much as Microsoft like to cheat themselves into thinking the Xbox One is outpacing the Xbox 360, US sales alone will not be enough. The US market are divided roughly in half in favor of PS4. M.S. are lucky to even get 30 million sales from US. Lifetime worldwide sales will be 50 million at most. I hope Sony at least breaks PS1 record and PS5 to shatter PS2 records.

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