Sony sold the PS4 for 91.6 million and continues to dominate this generation of consoles
Sony at CES 2019 announced the sale of 91,6 million more PlayStation 4 consoles as of 31 December 2018. The company noted that for the pre-Christmas season of high demand, it sold 5.6 million units of the PS4 and 50.7 million games for the console (in total for all the time in the world has sold more than 876 million copies of games for the latest console of Sony). At the same time it was stated that the last PlayStation exclusive blockbuster, Marvel’s Spider-Man, was sold more than 9 million players. By the way, according to the September 2018 were sold “only” 86.1 million consoles of this family, entered the market more than 5 years ago.
All this suggests that Sony remains the undisputed leader in the current generation of consoles. Microsoft, in order not to look too pale against the background of the Japanese rival, has ceased to provide reliable information about sales of Xbox One consoles in 2015. Since then, she has replaced the quantitative indicators of the relative sales numbers, which allow the company to show growth, without explaining exactly how many people chose the Xbox One or use its services.
“We continue to regard engagement as a key indicator of success and no longer reporting on the overall sales of consoles, — said the representative of Microsoft in an interview with Variety at the beginning of 2018. — During the report for the third quarter of fiscal 2018, we announced that the gaming division revenues grew by 18% year over year due to increased sales of software and services Xbox by 24 %, and the number of active users of Xbox Live has increased by 1% compared to the same period last year, to 59 million people. We are still seeing a significant increase in the time it takes the average user on Xbox Live and are going to give players a new and unprecedented environment for Xbox One, Windows 10 and mobile devices.”
Unlike Microsoft, Sony executives happy to speak directly on the size of the business PlayStation. The last specific information that we reported about the sales of Xbox One were announced in 2016, when during EA conference it was said that by the time it sold 19.1 million Xbox One systems. In General, it is highly unlikely that Microsoft will be able to approach the sales figures of the PS4 in this generation.
Nintendo, in turn, has sold more 22,86 million hybrid Switch consoles — an impressive figure for a system that is present on the market less than two years. However, Sony will promote the PlayStation 5 by the time when the Switch will start to catch up with PS4 releases sales. By the way, and 91.6 million systems sold PS4 says that the console has all the chances to pass through the success of the Nintendo Wii, which was a huge success and was sold in 101,63 million copies.