Sony had bugger all news to announce about the PS5 – other than a straightforward logo – but they did reveal some good numbers about the generation that’s about to end.
The most successful console of all time is still the PlayStation 2, with more than 155 million units sold. The PlayStation 4 hasn’t gotten anywhere near that, and nor has anything else that wasn’t the Nintendo DS. But it’s still been a ripper of a generation for the company, with SIE president and CEO Jim Ryan announcing that the company had sold over 106 million PS4s.
The PSVR’s success isn’t to be discounted either. Around 5 million sales puts it in the same territory as the Mini NES, which is a big deal when you consider the price point and margin on the PSVR. That’s not a bad result for the company’s first crack at VR, considering the hardware’s significant hardware limitations, and those numbers should only grow given the headset’s compatibility with the PS5.
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For comparison, the 106 million is leagues ahead of everything else this generation. The Switch has sold just under 42 million units so far, and Microsoft stopped reporting numbers of Xbox One sales in 2015. The best estimates so far put Xbox One sales at around 46.9 million units. For a historical comparison of the PS4’s success, the PlayStation and original Wii sold 102.49 million and 101.63 million units respectively.