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PS4 Has Crossed 70 Million Sold Worldwide, Just Behind The PS2's Sales Pace

The PlayStation 4 hits its next milestone.

News by Mike Williams, .

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced today that the PlayStation 4 has sold through more than 70.6 million systems worldwide. That's sell through as of December 3, 2017, not shipped, meaning that's how many systems have been sold to consumers.

This represents sales of around 4 years out from the system's November 15, 2013 launch, keeping the PS4 roughly in line with the sales of the PlayStation 2. The PS2 launched on March 4, 2000 and crossed 71.3 million systems shipped by March 31, 2004. Again, there's a difference here, in that the PS2's numbers are shipments to retailers, and the PS4's numbers are sold through to consumers. Either way, the PS4 looks like it'll beat the PlayStation 3 lifetime sales of 83.8 million sometime over the course of the next year. It's still a far cry from the PS2's lifetime sales of over 155 million.

The PlayStation VR headset has also reached another milestone with 2 million sold through to consumers. 617.8 million PS4 games have been sold through retail and digital downloads, while 12.2 million PSVR games have been sold through the same channels.

"We are delighted that so many people are enjoying the unique entertainment proposition of PlayStation 4 and that an emerging technology like PlayStation VR continues to gain traction," said SIE Chairman Andrew House. "I cannot thank our fans and partners enough. Their support, since the launch of very first PlayStation in 1994, has helped to make PlayStation one of the biggest console gaming network in the world. We will continue to work closely with partners to maintain this momentum and remain steadfast in making PS4 the best place to play."

Sony's press release touts upcoming PlayStation 4 releases, including God of War, Monster Hunter World, Yakuza Kiwami 2, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, and Shadow of the Colossus. We'll certainly hear more about upcoming PS4 releases at this Friday's PlayStation Experience 2017 press conference.

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  • Avatar for secularsage #1 secularsage 9 days ago
    The funny thing is that before this year, I couldn't tell anyone I knew why they NEEDED a PS4. There were a few good exclusives, but nothing essential.

    Fast forward to now, when 2017 has provided some of the console's best exclusives and really boosted the stature of the PS VR.

    I recommend Horizon: Zero Dawn and Nioh to everyone I know. Uncharted: Lost Legacy is very solid. Persona 5 (technically a non-exclusive since it's also on PS3, but whatever) is also great on PS4 since it has remote play. And even The Last Guardian (which was technically a 2016 title, but which got lost in the holiday shuffle) has turned out to be a pretty cool unique experience for the platform.

    It's nice to see the PS4 coming into its own, especially after so many claimed consoles were dead and buried.
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  • Avatar for Flipsider99 #2 Flipsider99 9 days ago
    @secularsage Yeah I agree. For me, PS4 was just the Bloodborne machine until late 2016. And over the last year, it's suddenly blossomed into having a respectable library.

    Let me just add to your list: Dragon Quest Builders (also on the PS3 and Vita but still counts!) a really fantastic melding of Minecraft and a Dragon Quest game; Yakuza Zero which I actually haven't played myself yet, but I've heard nothing but stellar things, by all accounts it's the best of the Yakuza series; Gravity Rush 2, an excellent sequel which improves on the original game in almost every way.

    Seriously, everyone needs to try Gravity Rush 2! It's spotlight got stolen by other amazing games like NieR and Persona 5, which is a shame because it's still one of the best games of the year!
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  • Avatar for docexe #3 docexe 8 days ago
    @secularsage The dead of home consoles was greatly exaggerated. Personally, I think next year could be its strongest one. Spider-man, God of War, The Last of Us Part 2, Red Dead Redemption 2… yeah, maybe next year I will finally buy one.Edited 2 weeks ago by docexe
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