The era of the PlayStation 2 is considered by many a golden age for console gaming, sales were plentiful, games were released in droves, and it was really an all-round great time to be a gamer.
Today Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 reached and overtook 20.2 million in sales to customers, and it took only just over a year to get there.
How does the new console’s initial sales fare against its venerable grandmother? Most definitely well, actually, as you can see in the graph below.
We have to considered the fact that the PS2’s launch was more spread out than that of the PS4, with the North American and European launch coming respectively seven and eight months after the original release in Japan.
The PS4 had an opposite pattern, with Japan following four months after North America and Europe. That said, the figures we have for the PS2 (from official Sony announcements and financial results) represent consoles shipped to retailers, so that balances out the PS4’s timing advantages.
One thing is for sure. The PS4 seems to be well positioned to match its predecessor’s legend. Those that said we should not read too much in the initial success of the console were probably a bit too pessimistic.