3-4 years ago when the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U released, a lot of analysts and industry veterans predicted that consoles would be on the way out.
Well, it looks like they couldn’t be more wrong. As of today, PlayStation has announced that the PS4 has had its best year on the market, with sales now totalling 76.3 million units as of December 31st, 2017. This is just after four years on the market. The PS3 managed to sell 86 million units, but this was with an extra three years on the market. This means that the PS4 is definitely on track to surpass the PS3.
When it comes to other consoles, the Nintendo DS managed to sell 154 million units, whilst the Wii managed to shift an impressive 101 million units globally. The Xbox 360 also managed to sell 85 million units globally, so the PS4 still has some work to do to catch up.
Here is a chart which shows annual hardware sell through for the PlayStation 4.
As you can see, 2017 is currently the peak year for PlayStation 4 sales. This is due to continued sell through of PS4 at lower price points and additional sales of PS4 Pro. pic.twitter.com/R2tSxisPoZ