It looks like the holidays weren’t just kind to Microsoft.
Today, Sony announced that it sold more than 5.7 million PlayStation 4 systems during the holiday season, bringing the platforms’ new sales tally to 35.9 million units globally as of January 3, 2016. This is up from 30.2 million at the end of November.
For Sony, the holiday season begins on November 22, 2015 (black friday time) and goes through January 2, 2016 (for North America, Latin America, and Europe). In Japan and Asia, it’s November 23, 2015 through January 3, 2016.
Sony also announced that PlayStation Plus subscriptions increased by a staggering 60 percent compared to the same time last year! So many people want to get in on the PlayStation Plus goodness (and play games online of course).
Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Andrew House said in a statement: “We are absolutely delighted that so many customers have selected PS4 as the best place to play throughout this holiday season and that the PS4 community is growing more than ever, we remain steadfast in our commitment to deliver innovative entertainment experiences.”
While holiday 2015 was incredible for PlayStation, don’t sleep on 2016. Back in December, PlayStation executive Shuhei Yoshida said the PS4 is getting an “unprecedented rush” of big games in 2016. “It’s the year PS4 users, and those who are on the fence on whether to buy it will absolutely think, ‘It’s good to have a PS4.’ Please look forward to it.”
There are already a lot of great exclusive PS4 games slated for the 2016 calendar year. With games like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, The Last Guardian, Street Fighter V*, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Grand Turismo Sport, Ratchet and Clank and a ton more, 2016 might just be the biggest year yet for PlayStation 4.
* Timed Exclusive (Coming to PC as well)
So, did you buy a PlayStation 4 over the holidays? If so, what games did you buy? What games are you looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments below.