PlayStation 4 surpasses 50 million in sales

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The PlayStation 4 has been doing pretty damned well since it was released 3 years ago. Sony’s machine, which is spiritually a successor to the PS2 instead of the PS3. Three years on, and it’s still selling like those proverbial hotcakes. Though some reports have suggested that Microsoft’s Xbox One has fared better than the PS4 in the US over Black Friday, Sony says it’s still been their best Black Friday in history – and it’s seen the PS4’s sales tally fly past 50 million units.

As of December 6 this year, Sony’s PlayStation 4 family of consoles have sold over 50 million units. That figure includes the OG PS4, the slim and the newly released PlayStation 4 Pro. The figure represents sell through – so that’s number of consoles sold to consumers and not just units pushed to retail.

“We’re truly delighted that the PS4 community continues to flourish since launch three years ago,” Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Andrew House said in a statement.

“With tremendous support from our fans and partners across the globe, this year we were able to deliver an unprecedented lineup of hardware, including the new slimmer PS4, PS4 Pro, and PlayStation VR. We will continue to provide the best gaming experiences available through our ground-breaking software lineup and network services, as we focus on accelerating our business and expanding the PS4 ecosystem.”

The PS4 is very much on track to best the PlayStation 3’s lifetime sales, which are in the 80 million region.

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As a point of interest, Microsoft no longer shares sales numbers, but estimates for the Xbox One put its sales at around 30 million since its release. The unfortunate Wii U has sold fewer than 20 million units – which all means that the PS4 has sold more than both other consoles combined.

Last Updated: December 8, 2016

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