Sony’s PlayStation 4 has become the second-best-selling video game home console.
At Sony’s 2020 CES press conference Monday night (January 6), Sony revealed that it had sold over 106 million PS4 units, making the PlayStation 4 the second-best-selling video game home console ever.
Currently, Sony’s PlayStation 2 tops the home video game console market, having sold around 157 million units since its release in 2000. The original PlayStation comes in third on the home game consoles list, having sold over 102 million units.
On its heels is the Nintendo Wii, released in 2006, which has sold over 101 million units. Meanwhile, the PlayStation 3 tops the list at number five with over 87 million units sold.
However, these figures and Sony’s ranking doesn’t take into consideration handheld consoles, after which the PS4 console falls into fourth place. This is behind the Nintendo DS at second place with over 154 million units and the Game Boy and Game Boy Colour both in third place with over 118 million units.
In addition to the groundbreaking ranking, Sony revealed at the press conference that its PSVR headset has sold more than 5 million units since its launch back in 2016. What’s more, Sony’s online PSN service has now over 103 million active users.
In a statement, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO and President Jim Ryan said: “PlayStation is the embodiment of a creative and entertainment property, with a solid foundation of technology.”
He continued: “And It’s our mission to embrace the entire creative community… That commitment will carry us through as we launch our next generation of PlayStation.”
The PlayStation 5 Logo
The news comes as Sony is preparing to launch its next-generation console the PlayStation 5. At the CES press conference, the tech firm also unveiled the logo for the upcoming PS5 console, revealing it to be strikingly similar to the current PS4 logo.
The unveiling of the new logo led many social media users to create memes and mock the design. Many users joked that the new logo “took a long time” to create while others criticised Sony for being unimaginative with the logo.
Also at the conference, Sony touched on some hardware features of the new console. Revealing that the PS5 supports 3D audio sound, ultra-high-speed SSDs, hardware-based ray tracing, and includes an ultra HD Blu-ray player.
Fans expect Sony to officially announce the new console, which is scheduled for a Holiday 2020 release, within the coming months. Many fans have pointed to a complete unveiling at this year’s E3 event this summer.
However, the PS4 debuted in February 2013 at their own event in which they discussed the “future of PlayStation”. This has led to rumours that Sony may officially unveil the PS5 console at a similar event around the same time.
Pressure has been mounting on Sony ever since Microsoft unveiled its next-generation console the Xbox Series X last December but with the PS5 set to launch in less than 12 months, it’s only a matter of time before Sony reveal their console.
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