PS4 Is Selling so Much Faster than PS3, PS2 and PS1 that it’s Not Even a Competition

on February 18, 2014 2:56 PM

With 5.3 million sold through to customers since its launch in November, it’s a given by now that the PS4 is selling very fast, faster than its predecessors by Sony Computer Entertainment, but just how much faster? Thanks to NeoGaf user Aquamarine, we can catch a glimpse on that thanks to the sales data over time of all four home consoles by Sony:

PlayStation:

4 months (one territory) – March 31st, 1995 – 0.85 million
10 months – September 30th, 1995 – 1.77 million
16 months – March 31st, 1996 – 4.26 million
22 months – September 30th, 1996 – 8.07 million
28 months – March 31st, 1997 – 13.50 million

PS2:

1 month (one territory) – March 31st, 2000 – 1.41 million
7 months (one territory) – September 30th, 2000 – 3.52 million
13 months – March 31st, 2001 – 10.61 million
19 months – September 30th, 2001 – 19.58 million
22 months – December 30th, 2001 – 24.99 million

PS3:

1 month – December 31st, 2006 – 1.7 million
4 months – March 31st, 2007 – 3.5 million
7 months – June 30th, 2007 – 4.2 million
10 months – September 30th, 2007 – 5.5 million
13 months – December 31st, 2007 – 10.4 million

PS4:

1 day – November 16th, 2013 – 1 million
2 weeks – December 1st, 2013 – 2.1 million
1 month – December 28th, 2013 – 4.2 million
3 months – February 8th, 2014 – 5.3 million

From the data showcased above we can gather that PS1 took ten months to sell 1.77 million units, PS2 took seven to sell 3.52 million. PS3 needed four months to move 3.5 million units.

PS4 is, for now, outpacing them all, having sold 5.3 million in just three months. Of course initial sales aren’t everything in this market, but for the moment there’s no reason on the horizon to predict a future slow down. It’ll be interesting to see where we’ll be at the end of the year, but so far so good.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.
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