Sony PlayStation 4 reaches 110 million sales

13 May 2020
That makes it the fourth most popular console of all times, but the top 3 are out of reach.

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To be fair, it's the Second Most Sold Console of all time, after the PS2.

This isn't competing against the Nintendo DS and Nintendo Game Boy. Technically they shouldn't be called "Consoles" as that's more synonymous with Home/TV, but rather under the moniker of Handheld or Portables. Also this is a total sold, it's not for the PS4 standalone. It's the combined sales of the PS4 + PS4 Slim + PS4 Pro. That's the same case with the GameBoy (which includes the OG GameBoy, Game Boy Lite, and Game Boy Color), or even worse with the misleading DS (which also includes the DS Lite, DSi, 2DS, 3DS, New3DS, etc etc).

The PS2 was a case of perfect product, in the perfect place, at the perfect time.
Home PC's weren't great at graphics and games (plus expensive and less prevalent), DVD was just released, and people were looking for that Home Entertainment experience. Not the same conditions the PS4 released in, so that makes it more impressive. Same deal with the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS Lite, and the PSP... there were not any smartphones out there for it to compete in.

The most impressive and surprising feat comes from the Nintendo Wii, which didn't have the hardware to compete against the Xbox, let alone the Xbox 360 and PS3. And many games weren't as good. But it had great marketing, mindshare, low-price, and gimmicks that ensured many people bought it, used it, got bored and let it collect dust next to the TV.

The only way the next TV Console can pass the PS2 level of success, is if it very successful in North America, Europe, and if they manage to also sell in India (lower expenditure) and China (locked-market).

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Anonymous, 14 May 2020Yeah. At least Sony does not lie about cellphones units so... moreDrop names.

Anonym, 14 May 2020It's nowhere near saturation, at least according to the com... moreYou may have won me over. Excellent arguements.

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PS4 is at 4TH. Come on Microsoft, where's your Xbox?

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Still loving my experience with my PS4 but Ill sure to get one of the newly console called PS5. But I guess waiting for 1 year or more after the release of PS5 would be the best time to buy. Price should drop!

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Peachy001, 14 May 2020New consoles coming, and near saturation for current gen, b... moreIt's nowhere near saturation, at least according to the combined sales of the previous generations, but we are entering into a recession. Furthermore, a new console always lags behind the previous generation in the first year(s). Lack of sufficient units to sell is one of the factors. More importantly, software houses understand they can make more money from the larger installed base of the previous generation than the new console, thus making it harder to justify the purchase of the new console.

Anonymous, 14 May 2020I predict at least 20 million more PS4 sales after the rele... moreVery possibly. They'll drop in price.

Exyvia, 14 May 2020Also Announcements =/= release date. E.g Google pixel b... moreYou both nailed it. That Sony phone, announced in Feb, still not out.

Yronk, 14 May 2020.if only sony enter gaming smartphone right now would be goodYeah... You'd think that now gaming phones are a thing, they'd take a swing. Let's face it, they have the mindshare.

Time to reconsider playphone5 instead of xperia5/II. Price included.

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Kek, 14 May 2020Yes, but you are talking about fkin PS2, that still has a b... morePS4 had an even better trajectory than PS2 in term of sales over times.

Anonymous, 14 May 2020Yep. It'll look even better.Sure, 16K@144Hz NP mate!

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.if only sony enter gaming smartphone right now would be good

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Anonymous, 13 May 2020PS2 sold additional 50 million units after PS3 was released... moreYes, but you are talking about fkin PS2, that still has a big catalogue of games and received games way up to 2014. PS3 dropped like a rock and even before that sales slowed down a lot when PS4 arrived. Same happened to other consoles like Wii, PS1, Gamecube, Xbox 360, etc. PS2 was an exception, not a rule.

Like the PlayStation 2, expect new games even on its 10th year since release (probably last wave) then Sony winding down production in 2025 at around 130 million console, there is likely that Sony could release 3rd iteration of PlayStation 4´╝îcheaper and simpler PlayStation 4, super slim

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Peachy001, 14 May 2020New consoles coming, and near saturation for current gen, b... moreI predict at least 20 million more PS4 sales after the release of the PS5

NotAnOpinion, 13 May 2020Every article about techs current soft quarterly/YoY growth... moreAlso Announcements =/= release date.

E.g Google pixel buds 2 was announced last year October and only recently released.

I love gaming, and gaming coverage, hope you guys do a sister site with more of it. That said, no hate for it this time, I'm amazed.

Anonymous, 13 May 2020Quite surprising that they saw no boost (from the expected ... moreNew consoles coming, and near saturation for current gen, be amazed if they sell many more.

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Wezz, 13 May 2020A score that Sony will never reach with the Xperia and the PS5Yeah. At least Sony does not lie about cellphones units sold unlike other brands.
I know name of two brands that sell much less units than they claim they sold.