Sony has announced sales numbers in its latest financial results that PlayStation 4 has shipped 94.2 million units worldwide as of December 31, 2018.
It is however worth noting that this number doesn’t directly translated to consoles sold. The 94.2 million units account for all pieces of hardware sent to distributors and retailers across the globe, so backstock is counted in these numbers. Still, it’s a massively impressive burst of growth for Sony.
This major milestone is great news for the five-year-old platform. Because as the PS5 looms on the horizon, Sony and gamers across the globe will be looking to squeeze every last bit of value out of the console. And with continued sales comes continued support and new games.
Looking ahead, Sony expects more continued growth, and the pace they’re setting is pretty ambitious. The company expects to ship 17.5 million more units before the end of this fiscal year, which ends in March 2019. Whether they’ll hit that target is up for debate though, some analysts suggest that these projections are a bit pie-in-the-sky, partially due to sagging retail sales and less-than-stellar seasonal sales. Sony did manage to shift 8.1 million units during the third FY, down by 0.9 million units from the same period last year.
Here’s the general snapshot from the Sony report for your perusal:
Playstation Plus also got some good news as part of this news release. It turns out that the paid service has exploded in popularity over the last year, gaining an increase of 2.1 million users on the previous year. Sony revealed that PlayStation Plus memberships are on the rise overall, reaching 36.3 million subscribers, which is astounding.
All these numbers come on the heels of a major announcement in terms of sales for the Playstation brand. The legendary console family announced in 2018 that it had managed to sell more than 500 million consoles throughout the years.