PS4 News: Great news for Sony as PlayStation hits new milestone following Xbox update
The latest PS4 news for PlayStation gamers (Image: SONY)
Sony PlayStation continues to lead the video games hardware market, following another strong year.
And news this week has brought a great new update for Sony, showing how far the company has come.
It’s well known that Microsoft’s Xbox 360 managed to dominate against the PS3 for a long part of their joint life cycles.
And while both consoles ended with strong numbers, it appears that the PS4 and PS4 Pro have now surpassed them both.
It’s now estimated that the PS4 has outsold the lifetime sales of both the Xbox 360 and PS3.
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New predictions made by analysts suggest that the PS4 is now closing in on a new major sales milestone.
It appears that Sony PlayStation has sold over 88 million consoles during its lifetime. It was only last week that it was revealed that the PS4 had passed the Xbox 360 in the best-selling game consoles charts.
The PS4 is still short of the Wii’s impressive 101 million but another year of strong sales could change all that.
According to VGChartz, the PS4 sold 1,624,646 units for the week ending November 24, bringing its total closer to the 90m mark.
That puts it out in front of the PS3’s 86m and the Xbox 360’s impressive haul.
Here’s more information from VGchartz, who have looked at PS4 sales by regions and which titles have proven the most successful.
“Breaking down PlayStation 4 sales by region, it has sold 35.56 million units in Europe, 27.18 million units in the US and 7.24 million units in Japan,” the report explains.
“The PlayStation 3 sold 34.55 million units in Europe, 26.99 million units in the US and 10.47 million units in Japan.
“Breaking down sales in Europe even further, the PlayStation 4 has sold 5.90 million units in the UK, 6.13 million units in Germany and 4.86 million units in France. The PlayStation 3 sold 6.12 million units in the UK, 4.74 million units in Germany and 5.42 million units in France.”
“The Xbox 360 sold 45.14 million units in the US, 25.87 million units in Europe and 1.67 million units in Japan.”
It was also recently reported that Uncharted 4 is one of the best selling first-party titles of this generation for PlayStation.
Meanwhile, GTA 5 remains the best selling game on the PS4 with 18.80 million units sold, with the Rockstar Games title also holding the same accolade on the PS3 with 20.31 million units.
But with at least another 12 months with the PS4 being Sony’s main console, it seems likely that upcoming exclusives like The Last of Us Part 2 could push these numbers even higher.
PlayStation fans are hopeful for an action-packed 2019 (Image: SONY)
And it will also be interesting to see what kind of long-term impact Red Dead Redemption 2 can have on the charts. This is just one of a number of positive sales reports for Sony PlayStation during 2018.
The tech giant reportedly outsold both the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch during the month of October. The latest data suggests that PlayStation 4 hardware sales achieved an all-time October high for the platform, dating back from the PlayStation 2 in October 2002.
Analysts believe that the PS4 console brand will continue to sell well in 2018, although it might not be the top selling console for the year.
The Global Game Console Market Forecast predicts the Nintendo Switch will sell 17.3 million consoles in 2019, while Sony will fall just behind with 17.1 million PS4 and PS4 Pro consoles.
However, even if the PS4 is no longer in the top spot, 17 million PS4 sales would put the console past the Wii and original PlayStation 1 in the all-time standings.
Chirag Upadhyay, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics, added, “Console upgrade cycles continue, and the three-way battle between Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, which has been raging now for the best part of two decades, shows no sign of abating as each platform owner discusses its plans for updates and new generations.
“In partnership with developers and driven by the ever-rising expectations of consumers we fully expect these platform owners to continue to push the boundaries of the large screen gaming experience for many more years to come.”