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How do PS4 sales compare with PS2?

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The PlayStation 2 redefined gaming for many people around the world. With a plethora of games and the fact it doubled as a DVD player, many people jumped at Sony’s console. I think I ended up with three of them by the end of the generation thanks to multiple international moves and divorcing parents. Sony is finding staggering success with the PS4’s sales, but how do they stack up against the legendary PS2?

Thanks to the good people of Dualshockers, we have this snazzy graph to show you.

Ps4 vs ps2

The blue line is the PS4 compared to the red line which is the PS2. As you can see, the PS4 has sold far faster and gotten to the 20 million mark way before the PS2 did. Of course, the PS4 also followed a different launch strategy. The PS2 originally launched in Japan, coming to North America seven months later with Europe only getting the console eight months after the land of the rising sun. However, the numbers release for the PS2 were the sold in numbers instead of the sold through numbers, possibly balancing out the PS4’s timing advantages. Either way, both consoles were extraordinarily successful in the first year or two of sales. The PS2’s tail was quite long, though, and I’m curious to see how long the PS4’s sales success lasts. Will they continue to shift millions of units each quarter, or will things eventually slow down?

I had some of my favorite gaming experiences on the PS2. There were just so very many games to play, across a range of genres. I still think it was the best gaming console of recent times… obviously not considering that amazing retro-device, the SNES. Did you have a PS2, or you one of the ten people on this planet who didn’t end up with this console in their house?

Last Updated: March 4, 2015



    March 4, 2015 at 21:56

    I had 3 (1fat & 2slim) ps2 consoles over a seven year period. Sure alot of people upgrade when the slim versions of the ps2 came out.


    • Hammersteyn

      March 5, 2015 at 07:36

      I had two. One broke. Same with the PS3. I hope my PS4 can go the distance.


      • Sageville

        March 5, 2015 at 10:05

        My brother-in-law left his with me… I plugged it in and put some driving game in…. turned it off and put it in a box in our out-house…. never to be seen again.


        • Hammersteyn

          March 5, 2015 at 10:12



  2. Captain JJ the damned

    March 5, 2015 at 07:10

    Great piece Zoe.
    Considering there was about a billion fewer people in the world back in 2000 I’d say the PS2 did exceptionally well.
    And yes, I actually had a PS1 and have a PS3, but never had a PS2.


  3. Hammersteyn

    March 5, 2015 at 07:35

    hehehe so my prediction still has a chance.


  4. ReaperOfSquirrels

    March 5, 2015 at 08:20

    My sister has gone through 4 slim PS2 consoles. So she helped those sales a little.


  5. CAE9872

    March 5, 2015 at 08:35

    I still have my PS2 and all the games I got for it. Great console.


  6. Lardus-Resident Perve

    March 5, 2015 at 09:47

    I had a PS2. Sold it to a cousin when I got a “next gen” Xbox 360. Some games felt better on the PS2 than their new versions on the Xbox…OK only Tekken and Virtua Fighter, but that was all I played at the end of the PS2 πŸ™‚
    Thinking of going PS4 because “pure gaming”, but that XBone controller and utility software are coming in strong!


  7. Lupus

    March 5, 2015 at 10:00

    I had a PS2 for quite a long time, it say besides the PS3 and the 360 till I was robbed πŸ™


  8. Lupus

    March 5, 2015 at 10:00

    I had a PS2 for quite a long time, it say besides the PS3 and the 360 till I was robbed πŸ™


  9. Nikola

    March 5, 2015 at 10:26

    I loved my PS2!! So many awesome game’s:)


  10. Tbone187

    March 5, 2015 at 12:03

    Last console owned was the 1st playstation.Jumped onto PC and never looked back.


  11. Francois Knoetze

    March 5, 2015 at 14:31

    had 2 fatties. One was stolen and the other is still working


  12. Daws

    March 5, 2015 at 15:54

    Barring model variants (slim, etc), I’ve owned every PS console and portable. I owned two PS2s. The first one was stolen when my apartment was burglarized so I bought a slim with the insurance monies πŸ™‚

    The PS2 era was grand.


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