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Sony Reports Stellar Numbers For PlayStation 4 Hardware And Software

Sony Reports Stellar Numbers For PlayStation 4 Hardware And Software

Since its launch back in 2013, Sony are reporting 70.6 million PS4 consoles have been sold, meaning it isn't far off the PS3's total of 83.8 million, which it is likely to beat at some point in 2018.

"We are delighted that so many people are enjoying the unique entertainment proposition of PlayStation 4 and that an emerging technology like PlayStation VR continues to gain traction".

This isn't lost on Sony, which is Nintendo's only genuine rival in its home region. The Sony PSVR has passed the 2 million sales milestone, according to the Japanese electronics giant.

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Sony had an impressive 2017, so it should come as surprise to no one that the sales of the PlayStation 4 itself were equally impressive this year, with sales topping 70 million worldwide - an achievement that comes just four years after the console went on sale in November 2013. "But we can't ignore the Nintendo Switch, which has also captured consumers' attention", Sony Senior General Manager of Corporate Planning & Control Department Kazuhiko Takeda told Japan's Nikkei today. That's sell through as of December 3, 2017, not shipped, meaning that's how many systems have been sold to consumers. At just over 100 million units, the Wii is Nintendo's best-selling console of all time. 617.8 million PS4 games have been sold through retail and digital downloads, while 12.2 million PSVR games have been sold through the same channels.

The console surpassed 60 million sales in June, and after strong Q2 sales many expected the system to hit the 70 million mark sooner rather than later.

Despite Japan's notorious preference for portables, PS Vita is also about to be overtaken by PS4, which is only 200,000 units away from its handheld predecessor, which has sold 5,748,337 units.