Sony Continues To Crush Microsoft With 70 Million PS4s Sold – Forbes



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The PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro

Sony was the only one of the Big Three not to release new hardware this year, but that has not slowed the momentum of PlayStation in the slightest.

Even with the red hot Switch and sold-out Xbox One X, Sony remains king of consoles. The company just announced that it has sold 70.6 million PS4s, including Slim and Pro models. They also have reached 2 million PSVR sales, better than the Rift and Vive have sold, but the VR industry as a whole still is not the healthiest.

Here’s Andrew House on Sony’s latest milestones:

“We are delighted that so many people are enjoying the unique entertainment proposition of PlayStation 4 and that an emerging technology like PlayStation VR continues to gain traction,” said House, Chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “I cannot thank our fans and partners enough. Their support, since the launch of very first PlayStation in 1994, has helped to make PlayStation one of the biggest console gaming network in the world. We will continue to work closely with partners to maintain this momentum and remain steadfast in making PS4 the best place to play.”

While last generation ended with Sony and Microsoft neck and neck in terms of PS3 vs. 360 sales, this time around things are not particularly close. Microsoft has decided the best way not to lose is to avoid playing, and they’re no longer releasing unit sales of the Xbox, but industry analysts estimate that Xbox One and its S/X versions have sold less than half of what PlayStation has moved in the time since both systems launched in 2013.

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PlayStation 4

At this pace, Sony should be on pace to outperform both the PS3 and 360, which ended their life cycle with about 84 million sales each. It’s less clear if the PS4 could reach the heights of the Wii or the original PlayStation and 101 and 102 million sales respectively. And we may be living in a time when no one ever catches PlayStation 2, which sold 155 million units worldwide.

The problem for Microsoft now is that even though they do boast what is unequivocally the best and more powerful console on the market, the Xbox One X, it’s simply too late to catch up with Sony. At this point, many players have already made their choice, and Microsoft botching the original Xbox One launch, combined with Sony’s non-stop parade of must-have exclusives (and Microsoft’s lack thereof) this lead has been building for ages to the point where it’s insurmountable.

Microsoft probably isn’t all that troubled by this, however. The Xbox brand is nice for them to have, but they’re hardly reliant on it, nor do they seem to care much about Sony’s lead. Sony, meanwhile, is a somewhat more fragile company overall in the consumer electronics space, and usually its gaming division is one of its lone bright spots, so it needs PlayStations to continue to be hits on the level.

Neither company seems to be altering their trajectory much. Sony is continuing to chase after must-play, single player experiences, as we have God of War 4 and The Last of Us 2 coming next year. Microsoft still is not investing much into originals to compete with Sony’s, and has been pursuing pure power instead to make the X1X the “best” place to play the litany of third party games that are released every year. And I do think it succeeds in that.

Still, what Sony has accomplished with the PS4 is pretty fantastic, especially in a day and age when it was a legitimate concern that this entire console generation would fail. Nintendo may end up with the Switch being a similar success story in the long term, as it’s on pace to sell as well as the PS4 or even blow past it, but we’ll have to wait a few years, not months, for that to play out.

Honestly, they’re all great systems. I own them all and split time between them pretty consistently. It’s a good time to be a gamer.

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