This week Sony announced that their PlayStation 4 family, comprised of the PlayStation 4, the PlayStation 4 Slim, and the PlayStation 4 Pro, has collectively shipped over 82 million units as of this past July, making it more successful than the now-defunct PlayStation 3. How much more successful, you ask? Well, compared to the same point in time in the PS3’s life, Sony was still making a loss on hardware sales four years into the console’s lifespan. Contrast that to the PS4, which saw Sony earning small profits on unit sales after its first 12 months on the market, and you can imagine how this kind of thing balloons the more units they sell. Back in November 2013, Sony announced that the PS3 family had sold over 80 million units worldwide, but that was also eight years after launch. The PS4 family, at less than five years of age, has well passed that figure, although it probably won’t be able to match the lifetime sales of the PlayStation 2, still at a record 155 million over 13 years.

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