Sony released new data on the success of its consoles, confirming that the PlayStation 5 has already surpassed 13.3 million units shipped to retailers worldwide. Meanwhile, the PlayStation 4 has reached the milestone of 116.6 million consoles shipped to sellers.
This takes the video game launched in 2013 to number two on the list of best-selling home consoles in history. It is second only to the PlayStation 2, which has surpassed 155 million units sold. according to official Sony data.
The PS4 now comes close to some of the best-selling handhelds in history — Game Boy and Game Boy Color with 118 million units, and Nintendo DS with 154 million.
PS5 would be ahead of Xbox Series X|S in sales
Meanwhile, the PlayStation 5 appears to be ahead of the game with the Xbox Series X|S. Microsoft has not released official information for a while, but esteemed that their next-gen consoles have sold 8 million units so far.
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Launched in 2017, the Switch hybrid has been positioned across generations, with Nintendo continuing to maintain a cycle of its own. This is how the mix of home console and portable has reached 89 million units sold so far.
To complete the list, Xbox One and Xbox One X totaled 51 million consoles shipped to retailers between 2013 and now.
Sony’s fiscal report updates console stats
The PlayStation division update came as part of the latest financial report released by Sony. It covers the three-month period between July 1st and September 30th.
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The company sold 3.3 million PS5 and 200,000 PS4 during the third quarter of 2021. The drop was quite considerable for the last-gen console, which had 1.5 million units shipped to retailers in the same period in 2020.
In addition, the report shows that the PlayStation Plus service has accumulated 47.2 million subscribers as of September 30th. That’s an increase of 1.3 million compared to the same day in 2020.
Games and software sales are down compared to last year
In the third quarter of 2021 alone, 76.4 million games and other software were sold for PS4 and PS5 — 5.4 million less than in the same period last year. Only 10% (or 7.6 million) of those copies were first-party games.