Sony has announced that the PlayStation 4, including all its slim and Pro variations, has crossed the 90 million sold threshold. The system has now sold 91.6 million PS4s worldwide, of which 5 million were sold just in the last few months of 2018. For those doing math, that means that around 18 million PS4s were sold last year.
This makes 2018 one of the strongest calendar years for the PS4 ever, second to 2017 by about two million units. For a system’s fifth full year, the platform is showing incredible health in the market, likely driven by exclusive games like God of War and Spider-Man. While not exclusive, Red Dead Redemption II and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 also probably played a large part in PS4 fervor this year.
Speaking of the webslinger, Sony specifically calls out Spider-Man’s sales as strong, stating that the game has sold 9 million units worldwide since release. For comparison, it took God of War from April to around September to hit that same number, so Spider-Man is tracking slightly ahead.
Similarly, and perhaps obviously, Sony has confirmed that PSN has 90 million monthly active users, which suggests that almost every single PS4 owner uses it fairly often.
So what does all this really mean? Well, realistically, 2019 will put the system over 100 million unless something goes catastrophically wrong. It also means Sony does not have to rush to move on from this generation. While next-gen launch speculation is gearing up, Sony is in a comfortable place with being able to roll out a successor to PlayStation 4 at their leisure. They can work on the console and any other peripherals for at least a year without feeling market pressure to move on.
Author: Imran Khan
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