According to a recent announcement from Sony Interactive Entertainment, the PS4 managed to sell through 6.2 million units during the 2016 holiday season. This has brought the global sales total to 53.4 million units for the console, which is an impressive figure.
Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, also had this to say on the recent sales of the PS4, ”We are truly grateful for the tremendous support from our fans and partners, which has helped to make this holiday season one of the best in our history. We will aim to continue the momentum this year by broadening the PS4 title portfolio, further enriching the revolutionary gaming experiences on PlayStation VR and high quality gaming experience on PlayStation 4 Pro, while also expanding network services. We will remain steadfast in making the PS4 the best place to play.”
The unit sales of the PS4 are not the only thing that did well during the 2016 holiday season, as software sales amounted to 50.4 million over the same period (with that figure including both physical and digital sales).
If you are curious as to how the PS4 is faring against the almighty PS2, well in the same period since its launch the PS2 managed somewhat similar sales. However, this isn’t an accurate representation of what is going on here and hides an obvious problem.
Going back to the PS4 launch, you may remember Sony saying that it was its best console launch ever and that the PS4 was selling faster than the PS2 at its launch back in March 2000. This was in part down to the fact that the PS4 launched over the holiday season of 2013, something the PS2 didn’t have due to its March release date.