PS4 Holiday 2017 sales dipped compared to 2016

(Reuters/Ina Fassbender)Sony posted impressive sales numbers for the PS4 in 2017.

Sony posted huge sales numbers for its flagship console and its software this holiday season. The numbers, however, dropped compared to the same season last year.

The gaming giant announced that it sold 5.9 million PlayStation 4 (PS4) units during the season. With the holiday output, Sony pushed the total global PS4 sales to 73.6 million units as of Dec. 31, 2017, Gamespot reported. Despite the impressive numbers, the company fell short of matching and exceeding the output from the holiday season from a year ago, which stood at 6.2 million PS4 units sold.

Software sales, on the other hand, went up this season, as 55.9 million PS4 games were sold this season compared to 50.4 million from last year. The units sold covered both digital and in-store sales, the report added. The total number of PS4 games sold now stands at a whopping 645 million units.

"Thanks to the continued support from our fans across the globe, we are honored to announce remarkable sales during the holiday season," said Sony Interactive Entertainment president John Kodera in a statement published by PRNewswire last December. "PlayStation Network continues to demonstrate spectacular growth, with the number of PlayStation Plus subscribers surpassing 31.5 million, and PS Store recording its largest-ever monthly sales of content in December 2017," Kodera also noted.

The Sony boss also thanked the gaming community, as well as the company's partners for their successful year. He also promised to bring in "more amazing experiences" to fans and to release "exclusive games and innovative network services, as PS4 continues to flourish as the best place to play."

Meanwhile, the Gamespot report noted that the Sony still has to put in more effort if it wants to surpass the total global sales of the PS3. The console has sold over 80 million units since its introduction in November of 2016. Competition, however, has become very stiff, with the arrival of the Nintendo Switch last year.

Nintendo's flagship console has already become the best-selling gaming unit in U.S. history over its first 10 months since introduction.