Sony Has Sold Over 83 Million PlayStation 4 Consoles

Posted on July 31, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Xbox with 14 Comments

As part of its quarterly earnings announcement today, Sony revealed that it has now sold over 83 million PlayStation 4 video game consoles. So it will soon surpass the lifetime sales total for its predecessor, the PS3.

And by “soon,” I mean this quarter: Despite warning earlier this year that PlayStation 4 sales had peaked, Sony somehow managed to sell 3.2 million PS4 consoles in the most recent quarter, almost neck-and-neck with the 3.3 million it sold in the year-ago quarter.

This is interesting on a number of levels. But the most obvious is the relative time frames. It took the PS3 exactly 7 years to hit 80 million units (with the remaining 4 million dribbling in over the next four years until the console was discontinued). But Sony needed just over 4 years to hit the same level of sales.

While the PS4 will never attain the level of success enjoyed by the PS2, which sold an incredible 155 million units, it will clearly win this console generation and by a wide margin. (The original PlayStation sold over 100 million units too.)

And there are other signs of success here. Gamers purchased over 40 million PS4 games in the prior quarter alone. There are about 34 million PlayStation Plus subscribers. Digital games sales, which are more profitable, are up. And the division of Sony responsible for PlayStation just turned a $750 million profit, helping to offset the $250 million that the firm’s smartphone division lost in the quarter.

Game on.

 

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