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.

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

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.


  • I wish they upgraded the controller of the PS4 as well when they made the Pro. It’s really feels super cheap compared to when I use the Xbone controller on my PC.

    • Andre Fourie

      Xbone Controller is the Master Overlord of all controllers. The Elite Xbone Controller is the Ultron Master Overlord of all controllers.

      • I will never know because of the price tag those things have xD

        • Andre Fourie

          Me neither.

  • Andre Fourie
  • Andre Fourie

    PS4 has been out longer than Xbone as well hasn’t it?

    • Spathi

      Xbone released a month prior to the PS4 as I have it.

    • iusedtobe(a)regular

      Less than a month apart.

  • DragonSpirit009

    And I still don’t own the damn console!!

    • Nikola

      Get it!!!!! hahah

      • DragonSpirit009

        I would if 2016 would stop hitting me with crap!

        • Nikola

          Eish! I am with you on that one…fucking 2016….

  • Fox1 – Retro

    That’s how many PS4’s it takes to see TLG out the door at Sony HQ.

  • Nikola

    Wonder why Xbox doesn’t share they sales figures anymore hahaha…maybe because they are getting owned in sales!

    • 40 Insane Frogs

      Muahahahaahha! Because they’re bowing before the king! 😀

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    The King is Here!

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    I wonder if they’ll hit the 100 million mark by 2019. I’d like to see it happen sooner though.

  • Jonah Cash

    I will be buying a second one for when I am in JHB every week next year. Just waiting on the deal for the slim that arrives the 15th!!

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