Sony has announced, just six months from their earlier announcement in June 2017, that the PlayStation 4 family has now sold over 70.6 million consoles worldwide as of 3 December. This is an astonishing feat for the company because the original PS4 is only just over four years old now – it launched on 15 November 2013. In contrast, the PlayStation 3 took ten years to reach over 80 million consoles sold. Sony has previously expressed their hope that the PS4 will be as popular over its lifetime as the PlayStation 2 was, and the chances are good that they’ll get there if they continue picking up another 20 million customers each year. From its launch on 4 March 2000 until its eventual shutdown on 4 January 2013, the PS2 sold over 155 million units worldwide in thirteen years. If Sony’s growth continues, it’ll only take four more years for the PS4 family to match the PS2’s effort.
Those numbers pale in comparison to Sony’s other statistics that they revealed in a recent press release, though. According to the company, more than 618 million copies of PS4 games have been sold worldwide since the console’s launch, covering both retail stores and digital purchases. Since its launch, the PlayStation VR headset has also sold through to slightly more than two million customers – that’s a hell of a lot more units than the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, both of which are estimated to be around 500,000 units each.
Granted, it’s only one in thirty-five PS4 owners who currently own one, but it’s still better odds than the millions upon millions of computers capable of running VR games, but don’t have VR headsets attached to them.
In addition to the physical sales of units, Sony has made 150 games available for PlayStation VR since its launch, with more than 12 million copies of these games sold through to customers.
These kinds of stats are even more impressive in light of the fact that Microsoft hasn’t released sold-through sales data for more than two years, and the estimates for Xbox One sales compared to PS4 are still at a 2:1 ratio favouring Sony. Xbox One X might turn things around a bit for the company, but it’s unlikely to allow them to catch up to Sony’s enormous lead.