25 Million PS4s In Less Than 1.5 Years: Is That PS2-Like?
PlayStation 4 got out of the gate so well, it immediately drew comparisons to the all-time console king, PlayStation 2.
Even Sony was saying PS4 is closer in line to PS2 success than they might've initially believed and now, according to the latest update, 25.3 million PS4 units have been shipped as of the end of the first fiscal quarter in 2015.
For the record, they shipped 3 million during the quarter, up from 2.4 million in the previous year. That's significant because the first quarter in 2014 represented three of the first four months the console was available. But is that 25 million comparable to PS2 numbers after the same amount of time at market?
Well, almost, but you have to bear in mind that the latest update is units shipped as opposed to sold. Even so, according to the PS2 sales history, PS2 had sold 28.68 million units after the first fiscal quarter in 2002 (the system launched in October 2000, while PS4 launched in November of 2013, so the period is about the same).
A few things to consider:
According to VGChartz, the PS4 sales total is approaching 24 million, so the shipped and sold number should be pretty similar as of now. Also, don't forget the PS2 launched in March of 2000, well ahead of other markets, while the PS4 didn't hit Japan until after it landed in North America and Europe. That means PS4 is very close to PS2 even with having almost a full year less time in the Japanese markets, comparatively speaking. Also, PS2 had virtually no competition in 2001; not only was it an amazing year software-wise, but Xbox and GameCube didn't launch until the end of the year (and Dreamcast didn't prove to be a tough competitor). PS4 has been battling Xbox One and Wii U from the start.
Of course, PS2 sales continued to go nuts for some years after this point, and some say it's unlikely PS4 will maintain that sell-through rate. 25 million is one thing but 155 million is just nuts.
7/30/2015 10:46:36 AM Ben Dutka