PlayStation 4 tops 50 million units sold since launch three years ago

It took the PS3 more than four years to hit that number.


It looks like Sony will be breaking out the champaigne for the holidays to celebrate a pretty big milestone for its PlayStation 4.

As of December 6, the console has sold more than 50 million units since its launch in November 2013, the company has announced. These sales include the more powerful PlayStation 4 Pro, which hit retail last month. Sony also revealed that more than 369 million copies of software for the PS4 have been sold through reatil outlets or digital distributiion as of December 4.

Black Friday was also fairly good to Sony, as it apparently had its best sales week ever.

“We’re truly delighted that the PS4 community continues to flourish since launch three years ago.” said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “With tremendous support from our fans and partners across the globe, this year we were able to deliver an unprecedented lineup of hardware such as 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.” 

As a point of comparison, the PlayStation 3 didn't hit the 50 million shipped mark until four and a half years after launch.

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    December 7, 2016 7:45 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, PlayStation 4 tops 50 million units sold since launch three years ago

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      December 7, 2016 8:23 AM

      wow I can't believe we're more than 3 full years into this console cycle already.

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      December 7, 2016 8:45 AM


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        December 7, 2016 8:50 AM

        I think Sony is more likely to do a legit PS5 at some point, while I expect MS to use Scorpio as a launching point for no more generations and an iPhone-esque upgrade model.

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          December 7, 2016 10:13 AM

          Would people be happy with an xbone ecosystem where it's backwards compatible all the way to the first xbone but newer games are limited to the newer xbones (or graphically short-changed on older xbones)? (So basically a pc-type upgrade path)

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            December 7, 2016 10:13 AM

            Which actually makes the "XBOX One" name kind of make sense

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            December 7, 2016 10:52 AM

            No, but people are never happy. MS really needs Scorpio to pick market share otherwise we might have them exit the market.

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            December 7, 2016 1:01 PM

            At this point, my ideal console would support all disc-based consoles going backwards, so XBX, 360, and XBO on all MS consoles going forward, and PS1, PS2, PS3, and PS4 on whatever Sony does after this.

            I don't think there's a good justification for leaving all your games behind when you buy new hardware anymore.

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              December 7, 2016 1:13 PM

              Unfortunately ps3 cell means that a ps5 would have to have actual ps3 guts inside it

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