As the holiday season draws to a close, Sony reveals that the PlayStation 4 has sold 5.7 million units this Christmas and close to 36 million units total.
Despite PlayStation President Andrew House’s recent admittal that the PS4’s Christmas lineup was “a little sparse,” the console is still selling incredibly well around the holiday season.
On Tuesday, Sony announced that the company had sold more than 5.7 million PS4 systems in between the 22nd of November and the 3rd of January alone. The platform has now reached sales of around 35.9 million units, up from 25.5 million during September 2015’s count and up from 30.2 million sales registered at the end of November. The PS4’s numbers are so impressive that Xbox Boss Phil Spencer has himself stated that he doesn’t know if the Xbox One can catch up.
Though Sony has not revealed the console’s top-selling game this Christmas, it did announce that more than 35 million PS4 titles were purchased over the holiday from both physical shops and the PlayStation Store combined. PlayStation Plus subscriptions have reportedly seen an increase of 60% from last year, though no figures were given.
Andrew House commented in a recent statement:
“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.”
House continued, praising the “unprecedented games portfolio” that PlayStation will be delivering in 2016. The year will be an impressive time for the company as it gears up to release titles such as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and The Last Guardian. The PS4 in particular, will also be receiving several highly-anticipated titles such as Horizon Zero Dawn and No Man’s Sky.
Recently, Sony also announced the PS4’s Remote Play functionality, allowing the console to stream to Windows and Mac operating systems. Gamers who own the hand-held PS Vita console can already experience this by controlling their PS4 games with more flexibility on the Vita’s smaller screen. The Xbox One has a similar feature, allowing its users to stream the console’s games to any computer running Windows 10.
The PS4 has notoriously suffered from downtime due to hackers in the past and recently, a hacker group known as Phantom Squad claimed responsibility for taking the PlayStation Network down. The PS4 console appears much more susceptible to hacking and lately another group of hackers managed to bypass the system’s security and install a Linux OS. The users then managed to get a working copy of Pokémon Emerald running on the unit.