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Sony is no longer providing shipment updates for the PS4, its previous console. While the system remains very relevant in terms of software support, and the platform holder did commit to manufacturing more, Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad noted that the organisation appears to have pulled the plug on new official sales data for the format.

It’s hardly a huge surprise: in the previous fiscal year, the firm shipped just one million units – and it’ll likely flog even less in the current fiscal year. That means that the format’s official total will tally around 117.2 million units, making it the second best-selling home console of all time, behind only the PS2. If you want to include handhelds, then the Game Boy and Nintendo DS are above it as well.

It’s highly likely that the Nintendo Switch will surpass the PS4’s record later this year, but clearly the console is in esteemed company. It’ll be interesting to see whether the PS5 can match these numbers: rising costs, an impending recession, stock limitations, and intense competition might prevent the company from achieving its goals – but let’s see what the next five or so years have in store.