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PS4 Propels Sony Back to Global Hardware Sales Summit for First Time in Eight Years

Posted by Sammy Barker

Return of the king

In the most dramatic of comeback stories, Sony has reportedly reclaimed its place at the top of the video game industry for the first time since 2006. Japanese newspaper Nikkei claims that the giant sold a total of 18.7 million consoles (across the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Vita, and PSP) during the fiscal year that’s just finished, pushing it ahead of Nintendo for the first time in eight years.

While the manufacturer’s hardware sales actually fell by 20 per cent year-on-year, the early success of its next-gen format, in addition to the ongoing popularity of the PS3, meant that it was able to comfortably overcome the House of Mario’s still respectable 16.3 million units tally. Microsoft’s sales actually increased by 16 per cent to 11.6 million during the same period, but without a handheld device, it’d be unfair to factor the Redmond-based firm into this particular race.

Sony will no doubt be pleased to see its brand back on top, but it will be hoping that the ongoing success of the PS4 pushes its numbers even higher next time. Of course, with the Vita flagging and the PSP soon to be discontinued, there’s no guarantee that it will continue to grow – even if its next-gen machine maintains its current momentum.


User Comments (16)



k_andersen said:

That Kaz Hirai picture may just be the best thing that's ever happened to me.



Jazzer94 said:

@get2sammyb Using the words "Return of The King" felt like a subtle message to go find the image plus this is pretty much my favorite Kaz Hirai gif apart from maybe the breaking Bad one.

This is good news for Sony I wonder if it will carry over to next year as well though the 3DS is still selling really well and the Wii U could be making a turn around so who knows.



eaglebob345 said:

@Jazzer94 I think both Sony and Nintendo have a chance at the top spot, but Nintendo is still sitting pretty on top of those 8th Generation 3DS sales numbers. This year Sony squeezed by, but overall this generation the 3DS is killing it, even against just its own competitor, the Vita. I wish Sony didn't let the Vita fall so far. Even Nintendo realized their mistakes with the Wii U and are actively trying to resuscitate it.



Rapidaz said:

I still think if Microsoft hadn't have totally messed up at E3 last year things might have been different , i think so many 360 owners an myself where planning on getting a Xbox one , but the whole E3 Microsoft mess has gained Sony millions of old 360 owners .Well done Sony



Gamer83 said:

Yup, sales have been great. Now we just need the games to start hitting. Hopefully 2015 actually is 'the year.' If most (probably expecting too much to ask for all) of the games that have been delayed to 2015 do actually come out next year, that would make it a much better start than PS3 had.

Even as a PlayStation guy I'd admit if you just took out all the other bs that happened, MS had more interesting games shown at its conference last year. It's a shame that something so exciting as a new console release had to be marred by idiotic ideas from corporate dumba$$es.



Dodoo said:

@Rapidaz - You're right. I am also an Xbox convert and MS had me to lose - which they did in spectacular fashion.

Totally loving my PS consoles



Rapidaz said:

@Dodoo I happy with my PS4 , I will get a Xbox one in about 7 years when it's really cheap and there's loads of cheap exclusives



Zep_Fan_81 said:

I was 360 pretty much all of last Gen and was all set for xbox one and then e3 and some utter corporate droid who had some stupid ideas turned up, obviously some slick dude with the intelligence of a house brick. He done me the biggest favour, should thank him really.....



Zombie_Barioth said:

Yea, and needless to say their follow up to that didn't exactly do them any favors. I don't mean the "deal with it" fiasco either, but the way they fumbled their explanations then got upset when people "don't understand" .

That is, if they really did just explain things poorly, and weren't dancing around the truth, which is what a lot of people probably take issue with.

The success of the 360 was enough to sell many people on an Xbox One if it wasn't for that, although $500 was a pretty steep price difference, kinect or no kinect.



JaxonH said:


Yeah Microsoft really got arrogant after the 360 success. Thinking they could run that 'always-online' game on us and we would eat it up? Not happenin. Now, I'm not happy about the fact Sony got a free pass on charging for online, BUT, in the end, I'd rather have an online multiplayer paywall than an always online console.

But thankfully for us gamers, MS did eventually recant their policies. That, coupled with the fact they FINALLY freed up apps from Xbox Live Gold and are now offering a $400 console, is what made me decide to buy one. Probably won't play it much compared to the PS4 and Wii U, but hey, if for nothing else but Sunset Overdrive and Halo, I say it's worth it. Our loyalties lie with the games, not the hardware they're sold on, right?



xMEADx said:

Also converted from MS after almost 10 years (I was Xbox live on the original big black box)I even bought an X1 and got a refund I was that dissapointed, MS screwed up this time round and I hope the part of the xbox community that applauded MS with their new ideas and the awesome Kinect.................all the best!! Coz I'm loving the Ps4 and spending my money on Sony. Ty MS



Midzark said:

Can someone tell R* about this please so then they will know that "Next Gen" is doing very well!! So please bring GTA V over to PS4!!!

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