Sony’s PS4 sales total is increasing by 10 million every five months while games sales now sit at over 617 million. The gold standard for Sony in terms of console sales remains the PlayStation 2. Over the course of its lifetime the PS2 sold over 150 million units worldwide and claimed the crown of “fastest console to sell 100 million” in 2005. The PS4 could well supplant the PS2 in the history books, though.
Sony just announced that sales of PS4 consoles have gone past 70 million units as of December 3. We last reported on the total in June when sales went past 60 million. So the PS4 is selling at a rate of 10 million consoles every five months, with those sales split between the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro. It took the PS2 five years and nine months to hit 100 million. We have just celebrated the PS4’s fourth birthday, giving Sony’s console 21 months to hit 100 million and beat the PS2. Before then it will pass the PS3’s 80 million sales total.
Software sales are also impressive. When PS4 hit 60 million it was accompanied by 487.8 million game sales. Now we’re at 70 million and game sales have increased to 617.8 million. That’s an average of 26 million games sold every month.
PlayStation VR is also playing a significant role in ongoing sales. Two million PS VR kits are now in the hands of consumers who also bought 12.2 million copies of the 150 PS VR games made available. Those are still relatively small numbers, but the market for virtual reality on consoles is clearly there.
These sales figures are very positive for Sony, especially when you consider the success of the Nintendo Switch and Microsoft launching the Xbox One X to grab the crown of most powerful games console. In fact, the Switch looks like the bigger threat to Sony going forward, but I doubt it will stop the PS4 hitting 100 million next year.