PlayStation 4 sales close in on 100 million milestone

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The Japanese gaming giant revealed that over 5.6 million PS4s were sold over the 2018 holiday season—November 19 through December 31. Its popularity was no doubt helped by exclusives such as God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man, as well as the reduced PS4 bundles that were on offer during Black Friday. Despite its age, 18 million of the consoles were sold over the past 12 months.

Plenty of PlayStation titles were also bought during the same holiday period: more than 50.7 million, “which sums up to 876 million PS4 games cumulatively sold through worldwide.” Spider-Man alone accounted for 9 million of these sales.

“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 (the) end of November 2018,” said John Kodera, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment.

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our passionate community around the globe, and our partners, for helping us achieve these milestones.”

The PS4 still has a way to go before reaching the best-selling console of all time: the PlayStation 2, which sold almost 158 million units. But it’s quickly catching up on the Nintendo Wii (101 million) and the original PlayStation (104 million). With upcoming exclusives including Ghost of Tsushima, Days Gone, The Last of Us Part II and Death Stranding, it shouldn’t be too long before the PlayStation 4 passes that 100 million mark.

In the current console wars, it appears Sony is way ahead of Microsoft, which stopped revealing Xbox One sales data in 2015. The Nintendo Switch, meanwhile, has sold 22.86 million units during the two years it’s been available, though it’s not really seen as a rival to the PS4/Xbox One.

Earlier this week, review aggregator Metacritic wrote that there wasn’t a single good Xbox One exclusive last year, though that’s partly because of the top titles also being released on PC.

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Footlong

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Microsoft made some bold statements during this generation. They flopped hard. Exclusive titles help moving more units. Not only they produced less exclusive titles than Sony they also ported those titles to PC. Muting the point of owning one Xbox One. Many including people on Techspot said owning one PS4 and a gaming PC or a Switch and a gaming PC was the best combo possible.
To me, the irony is this generation mark. One of the largest software companies in the world (Microsoft) makes the better hardware and one of the largest hardware companies in the world (Sony) makes the better software (games).
 

Puiu

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Microsoft made some bold statements during this generation. They flopped hard. Exclusive titles help moving more units. Not only they produced less exclusive titles than Sony they also ported those titles to PC. Muting the point of owning one Xbox One. Many including people on Techspot said owning one PS4 and a gaming PC or a Switch and a gaming PC was the best combo possible.
To me, the irony is this generation mark. One of the largest software companies in the world (Microsoft) makes the better hardware and one of the largest hardware companies in the world (Sony) makes the better software (games).
Better with the Xbox One X maybe, but let's not forget that the OG Xbox One launched at a higher price with lower specs.
 
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ShObiT

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Microsoft made some bold statements during this generation. They flopped hard. Exclusive titles help moving more units. Not only they produced less exclusive titles than Sony they also ported those titles to PC. Muting the point of owning one Xbox One. Many including people on Techspot said owning one PS4 and a gaming PC or a Switch and a gaming PC was the best combo possible.
To me, the irony is this generation mark. One of the largest software companies in the world (Microsoft) makes the better hardware and one of the largest hardware companies in the world (Sony) makes the better software (games).
Microsoft better hardware? you mean Kinect Xbox with less power than PS4 at $500 AND a fee for SHARING YOUR DISC GAMES? I think you need to go back to E3 2012 and remind yourself the train-wreck of Xbox one Launch, Hell even to this day I'm afraid of my little brother Xbox One blocking him out of games if not internet for 24h is detected, even tho that was scratched.
 

Footlong

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Better with the Xbox One X maybe, but let's not forget that the OG Xbox One launched at a higher price with lower specs.
Yes, I was thinking the updated versions of these consoles. Also, the PS4 controller is not even close as good as the Xbox One controller.
 

pit1209

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Better with the Xbox One X maybe, but let's not forget that the OG Xbox One launched at a higher price with lower specs.
Yes, I was thinking the updated versions of these consoles. Also, the PS4 controller is not even close as good as the Xbox One controller.
That's subjective I think. I had both, I prefer the PS4 controller except for the triggers buttons that feels better on the Xbox one controller.
 

Puiu

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That's subjective I think. I had both, I prefer the PS4 controller except for the triggers buttons that feels better on the Xbox one controller.
I like the positions of the sticks and how they feel on the PS4, the trackpad and the audio jack.
 

Forbin057

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Of course they sold 100 million units. The PS4 is a fantastic product. They learned their lesson. It's kinda strange really. In the PS3, they tried to do too much. It's why the Xbox360 initially outsold them. Turned out most people were more concerned with price point than having a Blu-ray player. Then when the next generation came out, it was Microsoft's turn to over stuff their console, allowing PS4 to swoop in with a comparable console $100 cheaper. I also think a lot of people want a more streamlined gaming experience. I know I do. I have other gadgets that do most of that other stuff much more efficiently. I also think PlayStation has perfected the home gaming controller, but that might just be me. Plus IMO the PS exclusive games are much stronger than Microsoft's. It's a big reason I'll prob never switch to PC gaming, even though it's probably far more cost effective in the long run.