Sony has revealed that the PlayStation 4 game console reached the 100 million milestone by the end of the second calendar quarter of 2019, making it the fastest home console to reach that mark. The PS4 reached the benchmark at 5 years and 7 months, ahead of the PS2 which reached it at 5 years 9 months.
Daniel Ahmad, an analyst at Niko Partners, said on social media this week: “Sony has shipped 100 million PlayStation 4’s as of June 30th 2019. A total of 3.2 million consoles were shipped during the April to June quarter. This makes PlayStation 4 the fastest home console to reach 100 million unit sell in. Faster than both the PS2 and Wii which were just behind.”
Microsoft stopped disclosing unit sales data for Xbox One after it fell behind Sony shortly after the launch of both consoles. Independent estimates suggest they have sold 40-45 million units since launch.
Sony bet big on exclusives from early on, a strategy that proved a winner thanks to a raft of critically acclaimed games and console movers only available on the console including “Uncharted 4: Among Thieves,” “Spider-Man,” “Horizon: Zero Dawn,” “God of War,” “Bloodborne,” “Persona 5,” “Infamous Second Son,” “Until Dawn,” “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy,” “Days Gone,” “Detroit: Become Human,” “The Last Guardian” and remasters of the “Uncharted” trilogy, “The Last of Us,” “Journey,” and “Shadow of the Colossus”.
Sony also noted that PlayStation 4 game download sales have overtaken physical discs for the first time, representing 53% of sales last quarter. The figures come as the PlayStation 5 is being readied for an expected late 2020 launch (Sony has yet to announce a release window).
The company expects to sell an additional 15 million PS4 consoles through the end of Q1 2020. They also have “Death Stranding” scheduled and likely “The Last of Us Part II” aiming for release within that window.