Nintendo Switch Sales Hit 2.5 Million In Japan

Nintendo Switch Passes 2.5 Million Units Sold in Japan; PS4 Passes 5.5 Million Units

Sony had an impressive 2017, so it should come as surprise to no one that the sales of the PlayStation 4 itself were equally impressive this year, with sales topping 70 million worldwide - an achievement that comes just four years after the console went on sale in November 2013.

"At our gaming business, sales of the PlayStation 4 are strong heading into the holidays", said Takeda-san. "But we can't ignore the Nintendo Switch, which has also captured consumers' attention", Sony Senior General Manager of Corporate Planning & Control Department Kazuhiko Takeda told Japan's Nikkei today.

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What the executive meant when he said Sony can't ignore its longtime rival Nintendo is up for some debate. The PS4 has managed to gain a huge sales lead over it's competitors, and continues to sell well four years after launch. Either way, the PS4 looks like it'll beat the PlayStation 3 lifetime sales of 83.8 million sometime over the course of the next year. An impressive number, this latest statistic puts the console within ten million units of it's predecessor, the PS3.

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The PS4 actually passed its milestone last week, overtaking 5.5 million units sold since February 22th, 2014.

Like the Wii before it, the Switch's popularity caught many off-guard, and the console has frequently been sold out in many locations.

Adding to the PS4's success is PS VR, which, as of December 3, 2017, has sold through more than 2 million units to consumers. But the console still has a steep mountain to climb if it's ever going to surpass the PlayStation 4 in total sales. On the gaming side, the firm does not have to blush since it accounts for a total of 617.8 million sales at the same date, accounting for both physical and digital sales.

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