A picture taken on November 29, 2013 in a Parisian store shows the joystick of the new Sony Playstation 4 video game console (PS4).  JOEL SAGET—AFP/Getty Images

Here's How the PlayStation 4 Sold During the Holidays

Jan 05, 2016

Sony just revealed its post-holiday hand, announcing it sold 5.7 million PlayStation 4 video game consoles over the holidays. The system's new install base worldwide? Just shy of 36 million units. It's sold in 124 countries.

The company started counting November 23, so that's 5.7 million for six weeks. Microsoft, Sony's nearest competitor, hasn't said how many Xbox Ones it sold. In fact, the company's been mum on Xbox One sales for a very long time, relegating its pruned divulgences to dull generalities about exclusive software sales or the number of votes players cast on "Xbox Feedback."

They're harder figures to contrast, but Sony also reports it sold through 35 million copies of PlayStation 4 software, including retail and digital, and say annual memberships with its PlayStation Network were up by 60%.

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And no, while mighty impressive, 5.7 million units isn't a holiday record. Remember we're talking worldwide sales. While I don't have the figure in front of me, I believe Nintendo's Wii remains the system to beat, having sold over 5 million systems between November/December 2009 in the U.S. alone, a smaller window than Sony is using here.

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But 36 million at the slightly-past-two-years mark suggests the PS4 is in fine fettle, and with Microsoft's note about the Xbox One outpacing life-to-date Xbox 360 sales (however far behind the PS4), it's hard to find fault with the argument (counterintuitive not so long ago) that consoles aren't going anywhere.

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