PlayStation 4 Celebrates Sales Milestone With PS4 Gold, Isn't Afraid of Xbox's Project Scorpio

PlayStation 4 Celebrates Sales Milestone With PS4 Gold, Isn't Afraid of Xbox's Project Scorpio

Nearly 60 million PlayStation 4s sit in homes around the world.

Despite a dramatic couple of months in the video game hardware field with the Nintendo Switch release and Xbox Project Scorpio reveal, the PlayStation 4 is still the console to beat. Sony announced that it's sold almost 60 million consoles since the PS4 launch in 2013. To celebrate, Sony is planning massive sales, a new gold PS4, and talked a little about how Sony views the competition.

Editor's pick

The Best PS4 Games of All-Time

PlayStation 4 Gold

First, a couple of big Sony milestones. Since 2016, the company sold 1 million PlayStation VR headesets, and one in five PS4 sold since November have been the PlayStation 4 Pro model which supports 4K gaming. By comparison, Microsoft no longer reports the sales figures for the Xbox One, but analysts suggest the figures are below 30 million. Likewise, the Nintendo Switch was only available since March, but has become Nintendo's fastest selling console.

Sony plans on celebrating this milestone with "Days of Play", a week of sales from June 9-17 with promotions on PlayStation software and hardware as well as the launch of a gold PlayStation 4, which will be sold for $249 USD.

As far as the competition is concerned, Sony doesn't appear to be too worried. Sitting down with Business Insider, PlayStation Global Sales and Marketing lead Jim Ryan explained that the last couple of months since the launch of PSVR and PS4 Pro, "it could have scarcely gone better." The success of both PS4 additions were met with shortages of both the PS4 Pro and PS VR headsets, but Sony will ramp up production to meet with demand.

Soon however, the PS4 Pro won't be the only 4K capable console available, but Ryan says that Sony isn't too worried about the Xbox Project Scorpio, or the not 4K Nintendo Switch, which Sony believes can co-exist with the PS4. Citing the early head start of the PS4 Pro, as well as an array of exclusive games like Uncharted: Lost Legacy and Horizon: Zero Dawn (which to date sold 3.4 million copies), Sony says it "won't be afraid of what [Xbox does]."

As for the future, Sony views the VR as an interesting step forward that will open the doors for new types of gamers, but is still too early to know definitively how players will continue to respond to VR gaming. In the meantime, Sony says they are confident in their line-up of exclusive software and hardware offerings. We will be watching as Sony details more of their future plans at E3 next week.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

Related articles

Stardew Valley Just Got Beaches, Fish Tanks, Swimming Ducks, and a Whole Lot More

Nearly five years on, Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone just pushed what he says is Stardew's "biggest update yet."

Alien: Isolation Is Free on Epic and Just As Good as It Was in 2014

Get the motion tracker and don't go in the vents.

Shigeru Miyamoto Expresses Confidence in the Younger Generation of Nintendo

The legendary creator says the spirit will stay alive.

You may also like

Press Start to Continue

A look back on what we tried to accomplish at USgamer, and the work still to be done.

Mat's Farewell | The Truth Has Not Vanished Into Darkness

This isn't the real ending, is it? Can't be.

Eric's Farewell | Off to Find a New Challenger

It's time for us to move on, but we'll carry USG with us wherever we go.