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PS4 sells 4.1 million units during holidays

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is underway in Vegas but what happens in Vegas isn’t staying there. News has been fast and loose coming out of America’s playground, including an update from Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai on the success of the PlayStation brand.

Kaz Hirai had some excellent news to deliver at CES, something particularly notable because it’s a trade show and not really focused on gaming. In fact, CES’ primary focus is for the top players to show off their latest and greatest toys. But Kaz had some good news for Sony.

PlayStation 4 sold 4.1 million units during this Holiday season, and the total sell-through has now reached more than 18.5 million units since its launch. I’m liking those numbers!
I’d say, this is a remarkable success for this next generation console, and, actually, this is exceeding the rate of adoption of any other PlayStation Platform. And PlayStation Plus also continues to grow, offering a subscription service for content and services for the platform, and reached 10.9 million subscribers.
[…] PlayStation 4 continues to attract our valued users while providing the best place to play, and together with our third party developers and publishers, including a remarkable group of independent game developers, we will continue to provide the best entertainment available, while delivering Sony signature “WOW” to our valued customers.

I’m certainly wowed by those numbers. Selling through 18.5 million new generation consoles is nothing to sneeze at. Remember, “sell through” is consoles sold to actual consumers as compared to “sell in” which are units sold to retail. With 4.1 million units sold over the holiday season, the Xbox One is facing some seriously steep competition. I’m very curious to see when they release their sales figures for the same period. There was a major price drop for the Xbox One during the 2014 holidays, which should have boosted sales – it will be interesting to see if the tactic worked.

I’m glad to hear that adoption is faster than any other previous PlayStation platform. Could this be a sign that the PS4 will actually outsell the PS2? Will there be a new generation console in every home within a few years?

Last Updated: January 6, 2015

35 Comments

  1. Mandom (Umar)

    January 6, 2015 at 08:32

    In before baby Geoff jokes.

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    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      January 6, 2015 at 08:35

      All Asians don’t look the same, you lacist.

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      • Mandom (Umar)

        January 6, 2015 at 08:39

        I thought Steve Aoki was Geoff at first :O

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        • Admiral Chief

          January 6, 2015 at 08:48

          XD

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    • Admiral Chief

      January 6, 2015 at 08:38

      He started gambling at an early age it seems

      Reply

  2. Ryanza

    January 6, 2015 at 08:36

    Well, the whole Xbox brand sold…well?

    Don’t Support DRM.

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  3. Hammersteyn

    January 6, 2015 at 08:40

    And they didn’t even need a price drop to do this. Ive been saying the PS4 will sell more than the PS2 did from the start. Mark my words.

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    • Ryanza

      January 6, 2015 at 08:45

      PS4 needs to sell well long after new consoles come out. That’s the only way it can beat the PS2.
      I think maybe it can. But maybe not. We will see what happens when next gen consoles get here.

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    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      January 6, 2015 at 08:46

      I’ll give your words a 7/10.

      I marked you down for no impressive multisyllabic words and misspelling “I’ve”.

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 6, 2015 at 08:49

        XD

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      • RinceThis

        January 6, 2015 at 09:35

        BWAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!

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  4. Ryanza

    January 6, 2015 at 09:00

    18.5 million PS4’s sold in just over a year.

    http://cdn.medialib.computerandvideogames.com/article_misc/santi_yo.gif

    Don’t Support DRM. You hear me Kaz? No DRM?

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  5. oVg elfroot slayer

    January 6, 2015 at 09:15

    OWNED
    Anybody with a brain one cell short of an Amoeba could have predicted this. Remember when we all stayed up late that night to watch this?

    The following day I coined the phrase FOUR to ONE. But its a double edged sword. The more the Playstation brand gains popularity the more arrogant SONY will become. Expect games to break the R999 very soon while the underdog becomes more value for money. The cycle continues.

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  6. RinceThis

    January 6, 2015 at 09:18

    “10.9 million subscribers” OvG not being one of them 😛

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    • oVg elfroot slayer

      January 6, 2015 at 09:32

      GOOD

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      • RinceThis

        January 6, 2015 at 09:34

        How was the free documentary for Last of Us? 😛

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        • oVg elfroot slayer

          January 6, 2015 at 09:40

          Brilliant, 1hour 25minutes followed by another play through that was just as ANUS clenching as the first time I played it. That game will never age, just as you get comfortable knowing what is around the next corner the AI does a 180 on your ASS and you end up using your fight or flight mode yet again.
          Naughty Dog are a very proud studio. Did the $500 million DESTINY even bother doing one?

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          • RinceThis

            January 6, 2015 at 09:51

            I was more commenting on the benefits of having online 😛

  7. Rock789

    January 6, 2015 at 09:28

    Nice one Sony. Am also curious to see how the XB1 did – those price drops were really impressive… Me thinks there were a lot of purchasers over the festive season.

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    • oVg elfroot slayer

      January 6, 2015 at 09:30

      They will release SHIPPED figures and remind us how they owned Black Friday.

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      • Rock789

        January 6, 2015 at 09:36

        lol 🙂 Of that, there is no doubt! 😉

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      • Aries

        January 6, 2015 at 10:56

        and combine it with the 360 and kinect just for good measure

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  8. JustAnotherGamer

    January 6, 2015 at 22:38

    xbox one will rise from the ashes and take this generation.

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