As the next generation of video game consoles is looming on the horizon, the leader of the current era managed to pass a major milestone. Sony’s PlayStation 4 became the second best-selling game console of all time, passing Nintendo's hugely popular Wii and the original PlayStation in the third quarter of 2019.
According to Sony’s latest earnings report, the company sold 2.8 million PS4 devices in the quarter ended September 30th, bringing the total to 102.8 million units. As the following chart shows, that carried the PlayStation 4 past the Wii and the PlayStation, which were sold 101.6 and 102.5 million times during their lifetime, respectively.
Both Sony and Microsoft are approaching the end of the lifecycle for the PS4 and Xbox One, respectively, with both companies rumored to prepare for a fall 2020 launch of their next-generation consoles. While the next PlayStation will in all likelihood be called PS5, the next Xbox is codenamed Project Scarlett.