Here's how PlayStation 4 sales stack up to the best-selling game consoles ever


The PlayStation 4 is killing it. Sony announced on Wednesday that it has sold 50 million PS4 consoles since the device launched in November 2013. All signs point to that being a good ways ahead of Microsoft's Xbox One and Nintendo's Wii U, which is no longer being made.


Considering that the PS4 arrived at a time when many onlookers said the home gaming console was in its death throes, that's a very strong figure. But as this chart from Statista shows, it's still a long way from its predecessors.

The PS4 has been on the market for a much shorter time, but it's hard to say if it'll ever reach the summit. The PlayStation 2 was many people's main DVD player, the Wii hit the pre-smartphone casual gamer jackpot, and the original PlayStation was a breath of fresh air that stayed on sale for nearly 12 years.

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It's hard to find that kind of "in" for the PS4, but if the future of consoles is more iterative than generation-based, it could get there by sheer endurance. Whatever the case, Sony probably isn't complaining.


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