Sony's PlayStation 4 continues to dominate as the most popular game console in the world, topping both Microsoft's Xbox One and Nintendo's Switch.
As of September 30, the PlayStation 4 surpassed 102 million consoles sold — making it the second best-selling home game console ever made, only bested by the PlayStation 2, which topped 150 million units in lifetime sales.
Perhaps more impressive: The PlayStation 4 reached that lofty sales number faster than other red-hot game consoles of the past, like the Nintendo Wii and Sony's own PlayStation 2.
—Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) July 30, 2019
102 million PlayStation 4 consoles sold puts Sony in the console sales lead by a mile.
More specifically, Sony's PlayStation 4 sales could more than double that of the closest competition — Microsoft's Xbox One. Though Microsoft no longer reports sales numbers for its Xbox One console, estimates put the Xbox One somewhere in the realm of 30 – 70 million units sold.
Nintendo's Switch has experienced incredible success since it arrived in March 2017, but it trails behind Sony's PlayStation 4 — Nintendo says just shy of 42 million Switch consoles have been sold since launch.
The continued success of the PlayStation 4 is due to several different factors:
- The PlayStation 4 was the less expensive console when it launched in 2013, coming in at $100 less than Microsoft's Xbox One.
- A lineup of killer blockbuster games, from "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End" to "Horizon Zero Dawn" to "Bloodborne," made the PlayStation 4 a must-have console. All three of those games are only playable on PS4.
- The exclusives have gotten even better over time: Both "Spider-Man" and "God of War" arrived in 2018, and they were both excellent.
- Success begets success — the PlayStation 4 has overtaken the zeitgeist as "the" game console to own if you're going to buy a game console.
- There were incredible sales on the PlayStation 4 during the last few holiday seasons, with some retailers offering the console and a game for as low as $200 in holiday 2018.
Though Sony's exclusive game lineup is drying up as the PlayStation 4 transitions into the PlayStation 5 — Sony's next-gen console is expected to arrive in 2020 — an impressive array of major exclusives are currently in the works: "Ghost of Tsushima," "Death Stranding," and "The Last of Us: Part II" are all standouts coming exclusively to the PlayStation 4.
The first of those three, "Death Stranding," is scheduled to arrive on November 8.