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Holy best seller, Batman – the PlayStation 4 has now sold 35.9 million units worldwide. The number, as reported in a Sony press release, represents the amount of consoles sold through to consumers as of 3rd January – and so it doesn't include those devices sitting in a Wal-Mart warehouse or in transit. The figure's particularly impressive when you consider that at the tail end of November it revealed an install base of 30.2 million units – meaning that it sold a whopping 5.7 million units over Christmas alone. Blimey!

Microsoft no longer reports hardware numbers, but its system is believed to be around 18 to 20 million units in contrast, while the Wii U – which has been available a year longer, remember – crossed the 10.7 million units milestone in October last year. The takeaway, then, is that the PS4 is absolutely demolishing the competition – but with both Sony and Microsoft's systems outpacing their predecessors, it's proof that home consoles aren't dead just yet. That's probably something that we can all celebrate.

Sony's staggering statistics aren't just limited to hardware, of course: PlayStation Plus subs are up 60 per cent year-over-year, while software sales are also particularly potent. "We remain steadfast in our commitment to deliver innovative entertainment experiences," group CEO Andrew House said in the statement, adding that the platform holder will deliver an "unprecedented games portfolio" in 2016. Even cutting through the PR guff, it's hard to argue with a lineup that includes Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and The Last Guardian.