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PS4 sales hit 35.9 million worldwide as Sony celebrates huge holiday success

PlayStation 4 sold 5.7 million consoles worldwide over the Christmas 2015 shopping season, bringing life-to-date sales of console to nearly 36 million globally, Sony has announced.

To be more accurate, the platform has now sold a total of 35.9 million units worldwide as of January 3, 2016, since its launch in November 2013. The figure is more impressive considering that sales stood at 30.2 million just a few months ago.

In addition to strong hardware sales, Sony also posted impressive figures for both physical and digital software sales, with 35 million games sold during the holiday period. The format holder did not, however, mention how well PS3 and PS Vita software performed during this time, nor did it reveal which PS4 game proved the best-selling title over the holidays. 

Finally, Sony announced that subscriptions to its PlayStation Plus service have jumped 60 percent year-on-year.

"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," said Andrew House, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI). "We remain steadfast in our commitment to deliver innovative entertainment experiences."

PS4 is gearing up for massive year, with exclusive content such as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Ratchet & Clank, and No Man’s Sky all for to launch in 2016. In addition, the company will release PlayStation VR, the virtual reality gaming headset for PS4, in the first half of the year.