It’s fair to say that when it comes to the current console generation, Sony PlayStation has laid down the marker to beat.

And while it’s probably beyond Microsoft’s Xbox One to catch up with the PS4, it may be a different matter when it comes to the Nintendo Switch.

The PS4 has now been confirmed to have sold over 91 million units worldwide, putting it on track to surpass the Wii and the PlayStation 1.

But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t still face competition from other rivals too.

New Nintendo Switch news this week suggests that the console is doing very well in Japan.

And not only selling well but beating the Sony PlayStation 4 when it comes to sales in the region.

Japanese firm Media Create has released new data that provides a clearer picture of how things went in 2018.

By looking at the final weeks of last year and comparing it to information already known about the Switch, it looks to have surpassed the 3.5 million units mark.

That would put it in front of the PS4, which looks to have sold around 1.7 million units in Japan in 2018.

And it’s also estimated that lifetime sales of the Nintendo Switch in Japan has now passed 7 million units sold.

Meanwhile, Sony’s PS4 is reported to have reached 7.5 million in the region, meaning that it has taken the Switch less than two years to close the gap on PlayStation.

It now seems likely that the Nintendo Switch will become the best selling console when compared to the PS4 and Xbox One, in 2019.

The holidays were kind to all three hardware makers at the end of 2018, although, Nintendo also had some great news concerning their latest exclusive.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is on a hot streak when it comes to the Japanese sales charts.

The latest data suggests that Super Smash for Switch has now sold over 2.5 million units in the region alone.

Nintendo focusing on Super Smash during the holidays as their only big exclusive seems to have paid off.

Not to be outdone, Sony’s PS4 exclusive – Marvel’s Spider-Man – has also been confirmed to have sold over 8 million copies since launch.

And it wasn’t just Spider-Man that has been proving a big seller for Sony, who also announced some stunning stats for their PlayStation Network.

“We are happy to announce that the monthly active users of PlayStation Network continues to show strong growth, and has surpassed 90 million as of end of November 2018,” Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO John Kodera revealed this week.

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our passionate community around the globe, and our partners, for helping us achieve these milestones.

“This year, we will bring more enhanced experiences to our fans along with a highly anticipated lineup of games that are only possible on PS4.

“As we look toward the next PS4 milestone, SIE will continue to evolve, and we will further expand the platform to deliver the best interactive entertainment experiences to the world.”



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