Sony maintains the console crown as PS4 nudges 103 million sales
Sony’s PlayStation 4 etched its name into the console history books this week after surpassing 102.8 million sales on the worldwide market.
Widely regarded as one of the best gaming platforms in the world, the precursor to the much-anticipated PlayStation 5 has, somewhat significantly, overtaken the total number of units sold of the original PlayStation.
It now stands second only to the PlayStation 2 in its family group, and bettered only by the PS2, Nintendo DS and Game Boy in ranking of historic global sales after overtaking PS1 and the Wii console earlier this year.
It is unlikely that the PS4 will manage to usurp the PlayStation 2 at the top of the leaderboard before the PS5 takes the wind out of its ‘sales’. PS2 sits atop the list of the world’s best-sellers with an impressive 155 million units sold, with Nintendo DS tucked in tightly in the second slot with 154.02m.
PS4, however, still has a year’s worth of sales ahead of it – including one more Christmas boost – so it still has a chance of snatching third place in the leader board before Sony’s next generation console grabs all the headlines.
The notable absences from the chart are, of course, Microsoft’s offerings. The company has flatly refused to issue sales figures for its Xbox One which are speculated to come in at around 45 million.
The Nintendo Switch was reported to be nudging 37 million units this summer. Being three years younger than the Xbox One, it is anticipated that it will outsell the troubled Microsoft offering early next year.
Best-selling video game console sales worldwide
- PlayStation 2 – 155.0 million
- Nintendo DS – 154.02 million
- Game Boy – 118.69 million
- PlayStation 4 – 102.8 million
- PlayStation – 102.49 million
- Wii – 101.63 million
- PlayStation 3 – 87.4 million
- Xbox 360 – 84 million
- Game Boy Advance – 81.51 million
- PlayStation Portable – 80 million