Sony’s vice grip over the current console generation has continued to strength with each passing year, as more and more gamers turn to the PlayStation 4 as their go-to gaming platform. With a stellar line up of first part exclusives like God of War (2018) and Marvel’s Spider-Man, 2018 was a great year to own Sony’s fourth generation game console, and the numbers are speaking for themselves.
In a press release from Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), the company stated that the PlayStation 4 has now cumulatively sold through more than 91.6 million units globally as of December 31st, 2018. From that number, more than 5.6 million units globally were sold during the 2018 holiday season.
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Since the initial reveal and launch of the system, Sony has placed an emphasis on ‘gaming’ in regards for the system, specifically with blockbuster first-party exclusives. One such exclusive and one of the hottest games of the year, Marvel’s Spider-Man has cumulatively sold through more than 9 million copies worldwide as of November 25, 2018, since its launch in September 2018. The company also stated to date that an estimated 876 million PS4 games have been sold since launch, including 50,7 million during the 2018 holiday season. “I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our passionate community around the globe, and our partners, for helping us achieve these milestones” John Kodera, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment added. “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.”
As the next generation of gaming consoles begin to loom on the ever approaching horizon, Sony also continues its march towards the now somewhat inevitable 100 million units sold mark. Only four consoles now have greater overall sales figures than the PlayStation 4: Nintendo Wii (101.63 million), Sony PlayStation (102.49 million), Nintendo Game Boy/Game Boy Color (118.69 million), Nintendo DS (154.02 million), and Sony PlayStation 2 (over 155 million).