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Where the PS4 lands on the list of best-selling video game consoles of all time

Sony confirms the final number of PlayStation 4 console units shipped, so here’s where it stands against other top-selling systems.

Sony has stopped reporting the number of PlayStation 4 consoles, it’s shipped, and therefore the console’s final sales figure is 117 million units. It’s incredibly impressive to say the least, but some may be wondering how the PS4 compares to some of the other top-selling video game consoles.

The PlayStation 4, which reaches 117 million units shipped, places it in fourth place on the list of the best-selling game consoles of all time. The first place still belongs to the juggernaut that was the PlayStation 2, which exceeded 155 million units. The Nintendo DS handheld is just behind the PS2 with 154 million units, while the Game Boy is at 118 million. It should be noted that Game Boy sales also include the Game Boy Color redesign.


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Although the PlayStation 4 currently sits in fourth place, it probably won’t hold that position forever. The Nintendo Switch is hot on its heels, with 111 million units shipped to date. Nintendo said the Switch is only in the middle of its life cycle, which means the console will continue to receive major new game releases for years to come, including vendors of systems like the next Pokemon scarlet and violet. The Switch may be struggling to catch up to the Nintendo DS and PlayStation 2, but it has a good chance of outperforming both the PlayStation 4 and the Game Boy.

List of best-selling video game consoles

  1. PlayStation 2 – 155 million
  2. Nintendo DS – 154 million
  3. Game Boy – 118 million
  4. PlayStation 4 – 117 million
  5. Nintendo Switch – 111 million
  6. PlayStation – 102 million
  7. Nintendo Wii – 101 million
  8. PlayStation 3 – 87 million
  9. Xbox 360 – 84 million
  10. Game Boy Advance – 81 million

Apart from the Nintendo Switch always receiving major new game releases, Nintendo could improve console sales through redesigns. Since the launch of the original Nintendo Switch console, Nintendo has introduced a cheaper alternative in the form of the Nintendo Switch Lite, which functions as a purely portable gaming device, as well as the Switch OLED, which is more expensive, but comes with a top screen. There have been constant rumors that a Switch Pro console is in the works, although nothing official has been announced. If ever such a console were to see the light of day, one must imagine that it would further increase the sales figures of the Switch.

When it comes to PlayStation, each of PlayStation’s home consoles has managed to crack the top 10 so far, and there’s no reason to think the PS5 won’t do it as well. The PlayStation 5’s issues right now are chip shortages and ongoing supply chain issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Eventually, there should be a steady supply of PS5 consoles on the market.

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