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5 years on, the PlayStation 4 has sold over 86 million units

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The PlayStation 4 is now five years old and, if the rumours are correct, will soon be entering the twilight of its life cycle. With Sony skipping gaming bonanza E3 entirely next year, it’s likely that we’ll see the next PlayStation in 2020. In the meantime, Sony is celebrating the successes its had with the current console generation.

And it’s been a great one. To date, the PlayStation 4 has sold 86.1 million units, which means that it’s now outsold both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. It still has a long, long way to go to even reach the sales numbers of the Wii or the original PlayStation, which each sold over 100 million units – and it’s very far away from its own predecessor, the PlayStation 2, which sold 155 million units. Still, five years on and the system has bested the last one, so that’s good. for reference, current estimates (because Microsoft doesn’t share figures) put Xbox One sales at around 40 million units sold.


Sony’s revealed a few other interesting, and not so interesting stats about the PlayStation 4. For example, the most popular controller colour is (feel free to feign surprise), the standard black one. It’s followed by the blue, red and then white ones, and then the horrible camo one.

The most downloaded and popular games on the system? Predictable! They’ve been given in alphabetical order though, but the best-selling games are Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Call of Duty: WWII, FIFA 17, FIFA 18 and GTA V. The most popular games are the same, just switching out WWII for Fortnite.

It’s been a good run so far for the PS4, with some of its best games – like God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man hitting the system this year. In light of that, tell us some of your best PS4 memories.

Last Updated: November 16, 2018


  1. Magoo

    November 16, 2018 at 09:32

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  2. Pariah

    November 16, 2018 at 09:36

    So in 2020, the PS4 will be 7 years old? Interesting.


  3. Magoo

    November 16, 2018 at 09:38

    Best PS4 memory.. Unfortunately I don’t have one. The last playstation I owned was a PS2, but shit, I played the hell out of that thing.

    It was a friday, my 13th birthday. Just released, the newest of my favourite franchise, Need for Speed: Pro Street. It would later turn out to be my all time favourite NFS title, but on this particular weekend, I played through friday night. Slept on a mattress in front of the TV. Played through the rest of saturday, slept again in the same spot. By the time I went back to school, the music was still playing through my head and my hands stuck in grasp of an imaginary controller.


    • Pariah

      November 16, 2018 at 09:43

      My last (and only) PS was a PS2. I got it just for Final Fantasy. That, Star Ocean, and Soul Calibur 4 were really the only games I played on it.


      • Guz

        November 16, 2018 at 10:37

        Many many hours were spent on FF for me, I finished VII about half of VIII on PS1 and X and X-2 on PS2


    • Dresden

      November 16, 2018 at 09:51

      Pro Street was by far the best! Certainly one of my favourite PS2 memories as well!


    • Guz

      November 16, 2018 at 10:27

      Ahh that first all nighter, mine was GTA2 man that blew my mind


  4. Pariah

    November 16, 2018 at 09:39

    My favourite memory of the PS4 is too Llew-d for this site. Sorry.


  5. Gavin Mannion

    November 16, 2018 at 09:50

    The world needs another wii revolution, it was so cool seeing non-gamers getting in on the act and at least slightly understanding the passion gamers have for the industry


  6. Original Heretic

    November 16, 2018 at 10:05

    Best PS4 memory was booting up my first game on it. The reason I bought it. Bloodborne.


    • Guz

      November 16, 2018 at 10:41

      booting up and getting that ps start up sound XD getting that red logo was the worst feeling ever


  7. Guz

    November 16, 2018 at 10:26

    I would really like a PS4 but already spent quite a bit on my PC so I don’t have extra $$$ for one,

    Not to worry, I will get one one day probably when next gen comes out and I know there will still be tonnes of games for me to enjoy, horizon zero, GOW, bloodborne, spiderman, RDR2 to name a few

    It wont be my main gaming option more of a when I’m sick of my PC kind of deal


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