It has now been confirmed that Sony’s PlayStation 4 has reached another massive sales milestone.
During a keynote at CES 2018, Sony revealed that it had passed 90 million sales with the PS4 and PS4 Pro.
The tech giant has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 has now sold 91.6 million units worldwide, tipping off a very successful 2018.
From what was shared by Sony during CES 2019, the PlayStation 4 sold 18 million units over the past 12 months.
The impressive news that might shock a few PS4 gamers is that 5.6 million of those sales happened during the holiday season.
That’s from November 19th to December 31st, according to Sony, who had predicted a slow in sales growth in 2018.
PS4 sales have dropped a little from 2017, a year in which 20.2 million units were confirmed to have flown off shelves.
It appears that Sony were ready to see a higher level of saturation for their five-year-old console.
The news is also significant for those looking to the legacy of the PS4 and PS4 Pro.
The PlayStation 4 is now just 10 million units behind surpassing the Nintendo Wii.
Motion control device proved a hit with casual gamers and ended up selling well during its lifecycle.
However, it appears that the PS4 is set to pass the Nintendo Wii and the original PlayStation in the best-selling console list.
It has been predicted that Sony will sell another 17 million PlayStation 4 consoles in 2018.
And looking at the current all-time console ratings, that would put the PS4 just behind the Game Boy and Game Boy Color, which currently sits in third.
Analysts have backed the PS4 console brand to continue to sell well in 2019, although it might not be the top selling console for the year.
This prediction comes from Strategy Analytics, who believe the PS4 will keep racking up sales over the coming months.
In their “Global Game Console Market Forecast,” it’s predicted that the Nintendo Switch will sell 17.3 million consoles in 2019, while Sony will fall just behind with 17.1 million PS4 and PS4 Pro consoles.
However, even if the PS4 is no longer in the top spot, 17 million PS4 sales would put the console past the Wii and original PlayStation 1 in the all-time standings.
Chirag Upadhyay, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics, added, “Console upgrade cycles continue, and the three-way battle between Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, which has been raging now for the best part of two decades, shows no sign of abating as each platform owner discusses its plans for updates and new generations.
“In partnership with developers and driven by the ever-rising expectations of consumers we fully expect these platform owners to continue to push the boundaries of the large screen gaming experience for many more years to come.”
Many analysts also believe the PS5 will be announced this year, followed by a launch in 2020.
So it will be interesting to see what kind of effect that news could have on PS4 sales in 2019.