Sony PlayStation 4 worldwide sales stand at 18.5 million units

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Sony on Monday announced that sales of its PlayStation 4 has surpassed 18.5 million units as of January 4, up from 13.5 million units recorded at the end of October last year.

Addressing a crowd at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show on Monday, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai said the company’s current-gen system sold more than 4.1 million units during this holiday season, bringing the total worldwide unit sales (to end-users) to 18.5 million.

PS4 software sales also remained strong with around 17.8 million retail and digital games sold during the holiday season, bringing the total up to 81.8 million. Meanwhile, PlayStation Plus subscription has also crossed the 10.9 million mark as of January 2nd.

“We are absolutely delighted that so many customers around the globe have continued to select PS4 as their console of choice throughout this holiday season,” said Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment.

“We will continue to reinforce and deliver additional value on PS4 as the best place to play, by bringing even more exciting content and by enriching our wide array of service offerings.

The PS4 console was made available for sale in the United States, Western Europe and Latin America in late 2013, around the same time rival Microsoft Corp’s Xbox One was released. In November, the Redmond announced its Xbox One console had sold nearly ten million units to retail.