The company announced today that it sold 5.7 million PlayStation 4s during the holiday season. This brings the system’s cumulative worldwide total to 35.9 million PS4 units sold since November 2013. That makes it one of the fastest-selling systems ever. In the United States, we already know that the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in November at physical retailers, and we’ll find out next week about the results of December.
Sony’s “holiday season” runs from November 22 through January 2. That is a lot of systems to sell in a little over 40 days. But to put that into perspective, the best three-month period the PlayStation 3 ever had (while Sony still reported those numbers) was September through December in 2009 and 2011. In each of those quarters, the company sold 6.5 million PlayStation 3s. But that was in 90 days. In less than half that time, the PS4 has sold 5.7 million.