Yesterday, Sony announced a new milestone for next gen console PlayStation 4. As of January 4, 2015 18.5 million PlayStation 4 consoles have been sold worldwide.
The news while not surprising is certainly an impressive feat for the Sony system. PlayStation 4 had been the number one game console sold within the country, until this past holiday season. Due to Xbox One’s drop in price and aggressive marketing the Microsoft system was finally able to outsell its long time competitor since the PS4’s debut last November. 4.1 million Units were sold over the 2014 holidays and PlayStation Plus subscriptions are now over 10.9 million. Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai addressed the company’s success during the CES keynote held in Las Vegas, Nevada; as reported on vg24/7.
“This is a remarkable success for this next generation console, and, actually, exceeding the rate of adoption of any other PlayStation platform [to date].”
Sales are likely to continue climbing with new services and PlayStation exclusive games coming to the system this year. A new monthly service called PlayStation Now, allows PlayStation 4 users to stream hundreds of PlayStation 3 games. The service will cost $19.99 a month or $44.99 for three months, with unlimited access to their available titles. This new subscription will be available for users starting January 13th. Also there will be plenty of exciting PlayStation games coming soon, such as: The Order: 1886, Bloodborne, Street Fighter V, and Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
These last couple of months has not been easy for Sony considering cyber attacks plagued the PlayStation Network over Christmas weekend, causing the online services to be out for several days. As a thank you PlayStation offered discounts and extended Plus memberships for those who qualified, you can read the article here. Microsoft has not currently announced their total sales, but considering they’ve been selling well in Europe and the United States, we can only hope their marks can stand just as strong as Sony’s.