The PlayStation 4 had a huge holiday season, according to Sony, bringing the console’s total number of units sold to nearly 36 million worldwide.

Maybe the recent PlayStation Network issues are due to so many people cramming onto the servers all at once, yeah? Not likely, but also not hard to believe considering the recent numbers Sony is throwing around. According to a press release recently sent out by the publisher, a whopping 5.7 million PlayStation 4 consoles were sold during the 2015 holiday season spanning from November through December.

Add those figures to the console’s existing lifetime sales and we’re now looking at 35.9 million units sold worldwide as of January 3, according to the press release. To be clear, that’s units sold, not shipped. According to Sony President and Global CEO Andrew House, that’s a pretty big accomplishment.
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 experience, and look forward to bringing an unprecedented games portfolio from third party developers and publishers and SCE Worldwide Studios…

The press release was full of all sorts of other interesting tidbits, including the fact that PlayStation Plus subscriptions are up by 60 percent comparing 2014 to 2015, which makes a lot of sense since it’s practically mandatory if you want to get the full PS4 experience and, clearly, more people than ever are jumping onto the PlayStation bandwagon. That’s not a shot at PS Plus, bee tee dubs. Along with providing online gaming and cloud save storage, we’re pretty big fans of those monthly games that come included with the 50 dollar price point.

But while the PlayStation 4 certainly has some great games already available in both physical and digital markets, we’re guessing one of the main reasons the holidays saw such a big spike in sales (outside of the fact that it’s the holidays and that tends to happen annually) is the crop of upcoming games for the console.

Just to name a few, the PlayStation 4 is primed to receive a whole bunch of exclusives this coming year including Uncharted 4, Horizon: Zero Dawn, No Man’s Sky, The Last Guardian and Street Fighter V. Not that the Xbox One doesn’t have a nice lineup in 2016, too, but Sony has done a great job of getting its title in front of the masses, which has likely resulted in additional sales of the PlayStation 4. And let’s not forget a little thing called PlayStation VR, which is literally turning more than a few heads.

So tell us, readers, were you one of the ridiculous number of people to finally get a PlayStation 4 this holiday season? If so, what made you finally take the plunge?

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