Already enjoying a particularly lucrative financial quarter, Sony has crossed another sales milestone, becoming the first console manufacturer to sell 500 million home consoles. Obviously, that removes handhelds from the equation (sorry, Nintendo, that means most of your 833 million isn't eligible), so PSP and PS Vita sales were not included.
Spotted over on ResetEra, cumulative sales across all PlayStation platforms have now crossed that big, round number with the latest PS5 sales. It's a pretty impressive feat, taking almost 30 years across five lovely machines to accomplish. You can check out the abridged roundup below:
- PS: 102m
- PS2: 155m
- PS3: 87m
- PS4: 117m
- PS5: 38m
At what point did you get on the PlayStation train? Do you think it will take another three decades to reach a billion? Let us know in the comments section below.
I joined during the PS3 era, since then Playstation has been my main place to game. Too bad they left the handheld market.
i never really “joined” , i was just raised around PS consoles and other consoles. siblings had a PS1, 2, etc and it’s what i played . my first own ps console that i didn’t have to share was a ps2 though .
Pretty much joined the moment I heard how crap the Xbox one was during its announcement. That and I always wanted to play TLOU so pushed me even further to buy a ps4 and so on.
Watched my Dad play Resident Evil, Tomb Raider and MGS on the PS1 - the PS1 startup sound is forever imprinted in my mind. Bought my first console (PS3) when I started working and have been PlayStation ever since. I tried Xbox with the XB1 but nothing compares to PlayStation.
I played on PS2....PS4......and now on PS5.....missed ps1 and ps3 gens.....
And this milestone depends solely on balance of Quality and Quantity GAMES.......
I went from Atari to Sega to PC to Playstation. My brother in law had a PS1 and I fell in love, I had the choice between the 3(PS1, N64, Saturn) and jumped on the PS1 wagon thanks to games like Wipeout, Tekken, Ridge Racer etc...
Apart from a brief PS hiatus when I went from PS2 to Wii for a few years, I've never gone without the latest PlayStation under the TV
??? Always feels like such mental gymnastics are utilized to feign PlayStation's superiority. Not counting any of Nintendo's last 5 years of console sales on the pretense that the Switch doesn't count is just kinda silly.
Not that it's not impressive for Sony (that is still 5 Playstation consoles beating 6 Nintendo consoles — ignoring the growing gamer base through the years). Just...kinda feel framing the news at the expense of Nintendo and Microsoft is, again, kinda silly (nevermind that Microsoft technically has a 1 generation disadvantage).
And to answer the question: I've been Playstationing since PSone.
Awesome. PlayStations rock. I am responsible for seven of that 500M.
@ItsBritneyB_tch that's awesome! Those are exactly the games that I started off playing with my dad too! Also played cool boarders and GT2
I've gone from Atari 2600, Commodore 64, Amiga 1200, Sega Megadrive, PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5, as well as PSP and PSVita. Still have and still play, PS3, PS4, PS5 and PSVita.
they set the bar for home consoles. ps5 is easily heading to 100m +. crazy how their least sold console beats xbox's best selling console.
@Nepp67 same with me.
@RoomWithaMoose This is what happens when you get news from ResetEra. I'm surprised this is even an article.
Been with PS since PS2. Absolutely insane that as a whole it sold 500 million units. PS3 was trying times but the wrong was correct and now PS is bigger than ever. Congrats PS! #DominanceEarned
When you look at console sales historically, I sometimes question if the game market really ever grew much in size. It seems to be in a similar spot that the PS1 era had in numbers.
Been on PS since the PS1, PS1 and PS2 are in my top 5 consoles all time, it was the PS3 controller that made me only use my PS3 for exclusives, cause i hated the Six Axis vs 360 controller so i used the Xbox 360 as my daily driver. PS4 was a little boring for me as most the exclusives were action/Adventure and not much shooters and variety in its first party lineup like other PS consoles. The PS5 is the best PS console ever built in terms of durability, quality, just all the way around really solid build and i am excited for the variety of software they are making for it. Should have some better online shooters than PS4, so that excites me. I still own and play Xbox and Nintendo, as i just love console gaming and have since the Super Nes. But Sony has always been great in this space and with how many divisions Sony has shut down over the years, it is funny for me to think it’s the PS that really does a lot of heavy lifting for Sony these day’s, wasn’t quite like that in the PS1-PS2 days.
I've owned 1 ps1 4 ps2s 2ps3s and 2 ps4s and one ps5 so I'm happy to contribute
@Jaz007 well a lot of people in the gaming community have died since than so it's more like being replaced than growing
Forgot to mention i also owned the PSP and Vita and they were just ok to me. I know many loved them. I just found them to be good not great. But i didn’t regret buying them.
Grew up alongside PS1 and PS2 with my cousins, pretty much that was our whole childhood, mostly playing party and couch co-op games. Skipped PS3 and PS4 era in my highschool and college, switched to playing PC online games as it was much more common in my country. Then got my PS5 on my birthday last year and now in awe at how much I'm missing!
Was in 9th grade when Final Fantasy 7 released and have been here ever since
I was there on PS1 launch day outside Dixons. 1 other person waiting for the shop to open. Haha. Easier times.
I would've thought Nintendo would have reached that milestone a while back. Although in this case, the number should actually be 600 million PlayStations sold if you include 80 million PSPs and 20 million Vitas.
Been onboard since my then-GF now-wifey bought me a PS3… because I recommend her buying one as a Blu-ray player for her parents 🤣 After that a day one PS4 and PS5 owner. Great consoles and great memories!
Started on NES as a child; it was my mom’s. Then SNES and Genesis (one of the perks of separated parents trying to one up each other). After that N64 and PS1. Then Dreamcast, GameCube, PS2, Xbox in that order. Went solely Xbox 360 and PC for a few years. Got sick of RROD (went through five of them) and traded my last 360 for a Slim PS3. Then solely PS4 (got out of PC gaming at that time; my rig needed replacing since I built it specifically to play FEAR back in 2006 and caught up on PC games like Doom 3 and Half Life 2 and nursed my RTS addiction at that time) for a long time. Got a Switch Mariko in 2019. Then a PS5 at launch using my PS4 as trade in credit.
I’ve mostly been a PlayStation fan since the PS1 era but I was multiplatform for most of my life. I went solely PS4 for the eighth generation because of time constraints (working a much more hourly based job with little free time) rather than budget restraints. I decided to focus on one platform at that time. Today I feel like my PS5 and Switch complement each other very well. So I’ll stick with this set up for now.
As a kid I had a bunch of successive Game Boys and had a DS with my PC and 360. But I wasn’t playing it enough to justify ownership so I gave it to a cousin of mine around 2007.
I wanted to get back into PC gaming but two things happened. One the insane cost of building a good rig today. Second, I have a kid on the way. Not spending any frivolous money on something I don’t have to have until he’s older.
@Bingbongboyo looks like we are from the same generation. I followed your route almost, insert Spectrum in the middle. The Speccies made me fall in love with video games in the 80s.
I see the obsession with pointless stats has moved from sport to gaming now.
I’ve steadily been on PlayStation since Sega stopped making hardware 😭 I’ve delved into quite a lot of Nintendo consoles too on the side and bought the original Xbox as well because of all the Sega games on it like Panzer Dragoon Orta and Jet Set Radio Future.
I had been a nintendo gamer all my life and also played sometimes on my bros xbox. So I never owned a playstation until after the disappointment of the wii u era. I remember it was when the next nintendo console called nx was rumored so I figured the wii u was dead at that point and I had nothing to play on it. All my friends had ps4 so it was an easy decision and I never looked back. I actually did get the switch a year ago and, as someone who has played hundreds of nintendo games already, I'm actually disappointed and think it's the most overrated console ever. It's filled with remakes and wii u ports. The only new zelda in the last 6 years is coming out just this month and mario only got odyssey. Pokemon is at its worst moment and nintendo seems to have killed off most of its other ips. Kirby is doing great tho. Glad to be a playsation fan.
And I'm proud to of owned all those devices. Got the Ps1 as a kid and I got a chipped version. I remember my excitement when my dads friend came over with a case of playstation 1 games (copies) for me to look through. But I'd say playstation 2 is when I fully went into gamer mode, I remember collecting the gaming magazines mainly for the demo disks, I had a tonne of those and I made sure to try every demo on them.
That's insane but makes me smile been here since the PS1 days got one when I was 4 with Crash 2 congrats on this awesome milestone PlayStation ^__^
Had a PS1 and PS2 but defected to X360 in the PS3 era. Bought one later then went through PSP, PS4, Vita, PSVR, PS5, PSVR2. At one stage I even had the PSTV. Currently regretting selling my PS2 and looking for another.
I bought the Dreamcast before PS1. It was a great console an my thinkin was Sega will be better at making games than Sony!! Bout a year later bought a PS1. Had. Every Playstation since. Got the PS5 on release, bought my first ever Xbox, a Series X, a year after the PS5. It’s a great machine but Playstation is on another level!
I started out with the PS1, and have bought every console on day one ever since, including the slim variants. The only thing I did not do was buy the mid-term upgrades of the PS4...
No real surprise there. Playstation home consoles sell consistently well, whereas Nintendo finds success primarily with portable hardware, and, apart from the 360 era when they had their stuff together, the Xbox brand has been underwhelming since its inception.
I have PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5, PSP games.
And of course kids games only with a few of Teen games.
@DEDE1973 ah, the Speccie! My friends had the Spectrum, so he would come to my house for the Commodore, me to his house for the Spectrum!
My PS1 played second fiddle to my N64, the PS2 to my Xbox, I skipped the PS3 for the Xbox 360. Sony really came into it's own with the PS4 imo. I completely ignored the Xbox One and never looked back. The greatest PS3 exclusives I missed out on were all remastered for PS4. This gen I have both Series X and PS5 but the bulk of third party releases get played on PS5 largely for the dual sense features unless they're on Gamepass which has been fantastic value nonetheless. Xbox is having another very quiet generation however so I'm curious to see what happens after this one.
Thats why i been saying for years PlayStation is the g.o.a.t. 🐐 👑.i been with PlayStation since day 1 in September 9.1995 here in queens new york.thats coming from a huge sega genesis fan. Which i was enjoying before i became a playstation fan.playstation change video games forever.from a rookie in 1995 in usa to the 👑 king of gaming.congratulation PlayStation.word up son
Switch IS included, Nintendo have sold approximately 406 million home consoles. e.g.
Total: 406.42 million or around 386.02m without the Switch Lite.
But I generally agree this is a bit of a weird stat to hyper focus on, even if it is impressive, if you include handhelds it's Nintendo approx. 840 million; Sony: approx. 600 million
@Bingbongboyo Lol I did the same with my friend. Some games were better on C64 and others were better on Spectrum. Turrican was terrific on C64 but Chase HQ was better on Spectrum. Those were the days.
Been here since the first PlayStation and don't plan on leaving.
@themightyant Still seems weird to me to include the Nintendo Switch in that stat. It's pretty explicitly not a traditional home console.
@Ralizah it’s both, and can be argued either way.
For me personally I very rarely use it as a handheld (but it’s nice you can) but for many it’s the exact opposite.
@themightyant The device is designed like a tablet, including its own battery and display. I'm not saying it can't be used as both (this was clearly the intention), but, in terms of its construction, it's just not a home console. You could also plug the PSP into the TV, I believe, but it was still a handheld.
I think it counts as its own unique category of device, given the clock speeds change depending on what mode it's in, and some games are optimized to run better when it's connected to the TV. But if we had to shove it into one of the two traditional boxes (home console vs handheld), it's very clearly a handheld that can be played on the TV. The TV mode requires a peripheral, after all, which has also happened with other Nintendo handhelds in the past.
This discussion wouldn't even be a thing if, as you pointed out, home consoles weren't arbitrarily isolated for this stat, but I'm guessing the resulting numbers wouldn't sound as flattering for Sony.
I've had all the PlayStation consoles but the PS2 has a special place in my heart as it was my first taste of online play with SOCOM.
I agree with most of your post but I disagree on this, it’s clearly BOTH to me, but it’s not some hill I want to die on. But the lines are definitely blurred.
Frankly I just think, as often with humanity, our over eagerness to try and neatly categorise and rank seemingly EVERYTHING ends up being unhelpful. I’d rather celebrate a great milestone for
Sony, irrespective of any others. Great numbers all round.
The PS1 was my first PS console and I never wanted to leave the ecosystem since. The exclusives and strong library of unique third-person action-adventure games have always kept me around. Like Nintendo's consoles each one has a special era attached when looking at their best sellers.
PS1 and N64 were my first consoles (divorced parents = one at either house, chefs kiss) and had each PlayStation since.
Missed out initially during PS3 because I was doing absurd things like playing music in a band and reading books, but saw sense and returned hard for PS4, grabbed a PS3 second hand,
and am enjoying PS5 a lot
Nintendo and PS all the way for me. Always has been except for a brief hiatus with the 360…
@themightyant @Ralizah Yeah, I will never understand why home consoles are separated from handheld consoles when the only difference is pretty much computational power, and a current handheld crushes an old console into dust....I mean a 3DS is more powerful than a PS1, a Vita is more powerful than an N64. It's an arbitrary line to draw separating the machines.
@Jaz007 Exactly this. I keep saying that when you consider how stagnant console sales are across all 3 combined across the eras, and consider the fact that the mfrs continue to expand sales into ADDITIONAL markets they previously were not in, most recently, China, it indicates the per-capita console sales per region are actually declining rather than growing, but it keeps getting framed as dramatic market growth because the roughly same sized market keeps spending more disposable income into it. It's not actually the best picture for consoles in general long term.
@Khayl Does this number include global sales too?
Shawn Layden, and other executives have talked about this in the past. (As have @NEStalgia and I here). In short the numbers of people actually buying consoles have remained relatively static (they have increased slightly) at around 200 - 250ish million (consider many have multiple consoles)
But the market has also grown significantly in that time, several times over. What has changed is the engagement of those players, and crucially the amount they spend. As ever it depends what metrics you are looking at.
What has also changed is gaming as a whole has massively boomed, mobile gaming in particular, and it's estimated that there are potentially around 2-3 billion gamers in total now. The trouble with consoles is there are massive barriers to entry, there are many barriers, but the biggest is COST. An initial £500ish cost for hardware plus games is off putting to most. Plus games seem very expensive.
Microsoft, Netflix, Amazon and previously Google are all trying to tap into that much larger market by removing that largest barrier to entry via streaming, and using a subscription service which is much more palatable to the masses. (they typically also don't care about 4K/120fps, and other things we do, so streaming is fine)
But there are other barriers to entry including the controller which is just foreign to many and they find hard to use/learn. Additionally TIME is a big one. Most console like gaming is time consuming, and doesn't fit neatly into many people's lives, whereas a quick mobile experience does. The time it takes, and that you typically tie up the television during that time, makes it unpopular for many. There are many more barriers, but those are just a few.
For these reasons and more I personally don't think this is ever going to be as mainstream as Netflix, Spotify etc. but I still expect the market to grow significantly, even if boxes sold remains relatively static.
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