While Microsoft has been putting the pressure on this year with the the launch of the Xbox One S, Sony still has a clear lead in the console market and this month, the PlayStation 4 managed to hit the 50 million sales mark. The PS4 is three years old this year and continues to be one of the fastest growing consoles in PlayStation's hardware history.
Obviously, this generation is a little different as this holiday season Sony replaced the original PS4 with a Slim model and came out with the PlayStation 4 Pro, which could help boost the PS4 ecosystem over the next couple of years.
Andrew House, one of the heads over at PlayStation thanked the fans too: “We're truly delighted that the PS4 community continues to flourish since launch three years ago. With tremendous support from our fans and partners across the globe, this year we were able to deliver an unprecedented lineup of hardware such as the new slimmer PS4, PS4 Pro and PlayStation VR.”
This news comes just over one year since we heard that the PS4 had surpassed 30 million sales. If Sony continues at a rate of 20 million console sales per year, then it will end up surpassing lifetime PS3 sales before this generation is over. For reference, the PS3 sold around 80 million units during its lifespan, meanwhile the PS2 sold 155 million, though that was over the course of a 12 year lifespan.
KitGuru Says: The PS4 has managed to sell quite a few units in just two years. I must admit, even I'm a little tempted to get one for Bloodborne, Infamous and Until Dawn, though I don't have much time to spread across multi-platform gaming these days. Have any of you bought a PS4? Are you thinking about getting a console to go alongside your PC?