Sony’s sent out its customary pre-CES 2018 chest puffing press release, revealing that the PlayStation 4 sold almost six million units globally over the all-important holiday period. To be precise, the system sold 5.9 million units worldwide from the period spanning 20th November through 31st December. That’s actually a very small decrease year-over-year, when it sold 6.2 million units during the same period. It goes without saying that it’s still an extraordinary number, of course – and the company still has the $199 price drop in play.

Crucially, software sales during the same period increased year-over-year, from 50.4 million units to 55.9 million units. Total hardware sales as of 31st December now stand at 73.6 million units, while software sits at 645.0 million units. The console shifted roughly 20.2 million units in 2017 alone. It's also topped 31.5 million active PlayStation Plus subscribers.

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our community and our partners for helping us achieve such phenomenal milestones,” said incoming president John Kodera. “We promise our unwavering commitment to bring more amazing experiences to our fans, including exclusive games and innovative network services, as PS4 continues to flourish as the best place to play."

[via prnewswire.com]