Globally, the PlayStation 4 has sold more than 30.2 million units, the company reports, in only about 2 years.
The PlayStation 2, by comparison, shipped 30 million units between its launch in Japan in March 2000 and May 2002, and approximately 40 million units by September of the same year. It should be noted that “shipped” does not mean “sold through” to consumers.
In other words, the PlayStation 4 is selling even faster than the PlayStation 2, which is a noteworthy achievement. In retail, it is also surpassing Microsoft’s Xbox One, and totally thrashing Nintendo’s Wii U.
It will be fascinating to see how sales go in 2016, due to the fact that Sony has a great line-up of games such as Unchartered 4, being released in 2016.
More fascinating still will be the increase of virtual reality – if that technology actually launches as planned – which Sony is gambling big on with PlayStation VR. Will the huge install base of the PlayStation 4 assist in propelling PlayStation VR, and will that in turn create even more hype for the console?
With PlayStation VR scheduled for a 2016 release, we’ll find out soon enough. Sony intends to release the technology in the first half of 2016, but no definite date has been announced and these things sometimes get postponed.
But potentially this time next year we will be reading articles about the PlayStation 4 eclipsing the 50 million mark.