Mat Piscatella of the NPD group has just shared that the PS4 is the third fastest-selling console in the U.S., behind the Wii and PS2. Piscatella described the data as time aligned, which means that it “compares products over the same number of months for sale. [It] makes for more fair comparisons across products.” This means that the PS4 is measuring its first 68 months against the first 68 months of each of the other consoles it is being compared to.
You can find Piscatella’s tweet below:
After 68 months in market, the PS4 has the 3rd highest time aligned Console installed base in US tracked history, trailing only the Wii and PS2. Xbox 360 and Xbox One are 4th and 5th. Home consoles in the US market continue to do very well on a comparative basis this gen.
— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) July 26, 2019
The PS4 released in 2013 and has shipped nearly 100 million units as of April 2019. In fact, in the three months since that report, it has likely crossed the 100 million mark. It currently sits at the number six best-selling console of all time, behind the Wii at 101.63 million, PlayStation at 102.49 million, Game Boy at 118.69 million, Nintendo DS at 154.02 million, and PlayStation 2 at 155 million. Many are estimating that the PS4 will cap off at the number three spot, just behind the Nintendo DS.
With the next generation PlayStation estimated to release in the fall of 2020, the PS4 has at least another year of support under its belt — likely longer than that, when you look at the history of previous consoles. The original PlayStation was discontinued in 2006, the PS2 was discontinued in 2013, while the PS3 ended production in 2015. So it’s safe to say the PS4 will stick around for a little while after its predecessor releases.
The PS4 has been a massive success for Sony, bringing millions of gamers on board and introducing some of the generation’s most popular games like Marvel’s Spider-Man, God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Bloodborne, and Astro Bot Rescue Mission, to name a few. We’re hoping the PlayStation brand continues its success going into the next generation.
What do you think of the sales figures for the PS4? Does it surprise you? Let us know!