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.