​PlayStation 4 Surpasses 91.6 Million Global Sales, Sony Announces

Thanks to a boost over the Christmas holiday, what with all those gaming gifts and sale purchases, Sony has now sold 91.6 million PlayStation 4 consoles globally.

The figure is accurate as of 31 December, so will have gone up a touch since. Over 2018's festive period alone, Sony's flagship system racked up over 5.6 million sales - more than some consoles manage in their lifetimes. Impressive, considering the hardware made its debut over five years ago, in late 2013.

Of course, sales of the device have grown because Sony has released newer models, the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, and retailers have progressively dropped its price, or offered consoles bundled with brilliant games.

Now we wait and see if the PS4 - already the sixth-best-selling console ever - can go beyond 100 million sales. It'd then be within touching distance of the original PlayStation's 102 million sales, but a long way short of the PS2's 155 million (and more).

Sony has sold just under 92 million PS4 consoles. Credit: Sony
Sony has sold just under 92 million PS4 consoles. Credit: Sony

You'll just have to sit tight and keep spending, I suppose. Either way, Sony (and its bank account) are happy with the PS4's performance so far. John Kodera, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said in a statement:

"Thanks to the continued support from our fans during the holiday season. We are pleased to announce that PS4 has reached 91.6 million units globally. We are also happy to announce that the monthly active users of PlayStation Network continues to show strong growth, and has surpassed 90 million as of end of November 2018.

"I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our passionate community around the globe, and our partners, for helping us achieve these milestones. This year, we will bring more enhanced experiences to our fans along with a highly anticipated lineup of games that are only possible on PS4.

"As we look toward the next PS4 milestone, SIE will continue to evolve, and we will further expand the platform to deliver the best interactive entertainment experiences to the world."

The Sony update also noted how 2018's PS4-exclusive Marvel's Spider-Man sold 9 million copies from its launch on 7 September to 25 November. I wouldn't like to guess by how many more millions that number has increased since then.

Like the PS4 console, Peter Parker's latest video game adventure was discounted dramatically during the lead up to the holiday celebrations, and afterwards. You could even buy the game combined with a PS4 Slim for a price-slashed £219. Not shabby at all.

Have you got a PS4? What do you think about Sony's sales figures? Will it reach 100 million? Make sure you let us know.

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

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