After the relative disappointment of the PlayStation 3, the PS4 has been an unquestioned sales success for Sony.

The system has raced to sell an impressive 76 million units worldwide through the end of 2017, and it maintains a dominant position over the Xbox One in the high-end console sales race (though Microsoft claims not to care very much about that relative positioning).
But Sony’s quarterly earnings report last night contained a bit of a gray cloud for the PS4’s longer-term prospects.

For the first time since its launch, shipments for the PS4 in the all-important holiday quarter were down year over year, from 9.7 million in 2016 to 9 million in 2017.

The decline means calendar year shipments for the PS4 were flat from 2016 to 2017, sitting steady at 19.4 million.
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