PlayStation 4 is on track to become Sony’s best-selling console

Matt Sayer 2 August 2017

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With 63.3 million systems shipped worldwide, Sony could have a new top dog on its hands.

There's no question the PlayStation 4 is dominating this console generation, thanks largely to Microsoft's bungled Xbox One launch, but it's still surprising just how phenomenally well the console is selling. In a Q1 2017 financial report released today, Sony has revealed that the PS4 has shipped 63.3 million units worldwide. For reference, this is more than the Wii U, the original Xbox and the Nintendo 64 each sold in their entire lifetimes.

With the PS4 launching just four years ago, this places the console's sales performance on par with the PS2's, which still reigns as Sony's best-selling console of all time. If sales continue at the same pace, the PS4 might even overtake the PS2 and claim its spot in the record books.

In addition to the strong PS4 performance, Sony's financial report also revealed a 5% year-on-year sales increase from Q1 2016 to Q1 2017. This increase is especially impressive considering the loss Sony took from dropping the PS4's price between the two quarters.

These sales figures are even more intriguing in light of Gran Turismo Sport designer Kazunori Yamauchi's recent comments about a future PlayStation console. What reason does Sony have to release a PS5 when the PS4 is doing so well? Then again, maybe the imminent launch of the Xbox One X has the company spooked.


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