Sony’s current home console has passed the 100 million milestone quicker than any other in history, as game sales hit 1 billion.
It was obvious almost within months that the PlayStation 4 was going to dominate this generation of consoles. Not so much because of anything it did but because of the unmitigated disasters that were the reveals for the Xbox One and Wii U.
Which takes nothing away from Sony and their achievements, as the PlayStation 4 absolutely deserves to be the best-selling console of this generation – but the depths of its competitor’s failure has allowed it to outpace every other home console ever made.
According to Sony’s latest financial results global sales of the PlayStation 4 have now passed 100 million, and they’ve done so quicker than the PlayStation 2 and Wii. (Although not the Nintendo DS, but for some reason Americans never count portable consoles as actual consoles.)
Microsoft long ago stopped reporting how many consoles it sells but unofficial estimates put the Xbox One at around 44 million. The Wii U’s life was cut short at less than 14 million, but its mid-generation replacement has performed considerably better.
Nintendo also released their latest financial results this week and according to them sales of the Switch now stand at 36.87 million after just over two years, giving it a good chance of beating the Xbox One – which has been on the market for over five years – by the end of 2019.
The only question now for the PlayStation 4 is whether it will become the best-selling console of all time, with the main obstacle being its imminent replacement by the PlayStation 5.
The best-selling console is currently still the PlayStation 2, on 155 million, with the Nintendo DS only just behind on 154.02 million and the Game Boy in third place with 118.69 million. (Or if you don’t want to count portable consoles the original PlayStation made it to 102.49 million and the Wii to 101.63 million.)
Sony’s results also reveal that overall game sales on the PlayStation 4 have just passed the 1 billion mark, with PlayStation still easily Sony’s most profitable division – bringing in 32% of the company’s profits compared to 21.4% for their semiconductor business and 20% for financial services (music is 16.6% and movies just 0.2%).
Gaming revenue is slightly down this quarter though, as it has been for a while now, which has been the unsaid catalyst for the company’s next generation plans.
Sony has only talked vaguely about the new console so far, but it’s widely expected to be released around Christmas 2020 – with a reveal expected next spring.
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