Sony this week gave up some details on its gaming business while presenting its financial results for the recently completed quarter. The highlight of the announcement was that Sony shipped 19 million PS4 consoles for fiscal 2017. That is about a million its less than it shipped in fiscal 2016, but it was enough to push the total number of PS4 consoles sold to 79 million units.
Compare that to shipments of the previous generation PS3 pegged -- which logged around 80 million units total -- and Sony has hit a home run with its latest console. The PS4 isn't going to retire anytime soon, meaning it will most definitely surpass lifetime sales of the PS3. In fact, the PS4 should pass the PS3 next quarter as Sony is sure to sell many times
Sony also offered up some details on PlayStation Plus subscribers, which stand at 31.5 million as of December 31, 2017. As of March 31, 2018, Sony had added another 2.7 million subscribers putting it at 34.2 million at the end of fiscal 2017.
The PS5 is thought to be several years away at this point, with most current rumors expecting a 2020 launch for Sony's next console. After taking a PS4 beating, Microsoft will certainly be pulling out all the stops with the next Xbox console.