The PS4 sold 20.6 million consoles in (slightly) less than 1 Year, best selling 12 month period

Benji

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I thought this was so impressive it deserved its own spin off thread.

Was having a chat with the master of numbers that is Welfare and he pointed out an astute observation. The PS4 surpassed over 20.6 million consoles sold in under a full year.

December 6th, 2016 - 50 million Sold
December 3rd, 2017 - 70.6 million sold

That is frankly a truly incredible pace
 
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Oct 28, 2017
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Considering the heavy hitters (GOW, Spiderman, Days Gone, Detroit and possibly Tsushima) are coming next year, 2018 could definitely surpass it.

PS4 is a beast.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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PS4 pro doing what it was intended to do imo which is stop the decline in sales that usually starts to happen around this time in a generation.
 

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Incredible, they're dominating their competition almost like the PS2 era. Well deserved success, their simple strategy of giving consumers what they asked for worked.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Tsushima is 2019 at the earliest. Sony heads referenced it in their "We're trying not too announce things too soon, we may have announced this too soon" spiel.
 
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Benji

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Do we have any reference numbers? Previous calendar years? PS2 or Wii sales?
I'm actually not sure. I'm really curious where this would rank among best hardware years among non portable consoles. Has to be towards the top (though obviously not as huge as Wii's peak years)
 
Oct 27, 2017
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What was numbers of ps4 sold when it was only $200 during black friday week? I wonder if that helped a lot
 

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Considering the heavy hitters (GOW, Spiderman, Days Gone, Detroit and possibly Tsushima) are coming next year, 2018 could definitely surpass it.

PS4 is a beast.
RDR2, while not exactly the behemoth GTA V will be, will no doubt be the best selling game of the year.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Waka or Waka Waka?

Incredible, they're dominating their competition almost like the PS2 era. Well deserved success, their simple strategy of giving consumers what they asked for worked.
That's true. Now let us hope they going to announce a Demon's Souls Remaster soon.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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Wow. That's a huge amount of consoles.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayStation_2_sales

For reference, according to Wikipedia the biggest similar leap PS2 had was between March 2007 to July 2008 where it went from 117 million to 140 million (23 million in 1 year 4 months) But by this point PS2 was selling at $99 IIRC.
This seems impossible to me unless it was released in some new markets ?
 
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Considering the heavy hitters (GOW, Spiderman, Days Gone, Detroit and possibly Tsushima) are coming next year, 2018 could definitely surpass it.

PS4 is a beast.
Monster Hunter World too, which is full on exclusive in Japan. No way Sony kicks off the next gen (not saying they will be late either). I can see a lot of devs sticking with PS4 for a while too. Will it be the best selling console ever?
 
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Wow. That's a huge amount of consoles.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayStation_2_sales

For reference, according to Wikipedia the biggest similar leap PS2 had was between March 2007 to July 2008 where it went from 117 million to 140 million (23 million in 1 year 4 months) But by this point PS2 was selling at $99 IIRC.
What’s the story behind the jump, were these mostly sales in Brazil, SE Asia, and the Middle East?
 
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Benji

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I keep thinking the PS4 is going to slow down and then it just........doesn't.

I tell myself there is no way that 2018 can be up from 2017 but then you start to wonder if they will introduce a permanent $199 console at some point in the year and with that exclusive lineup......man I just don't know.
 
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Monster Hunter World too, which is full on exclusive in Japan. No way Sony kicks off the next gen (not saying they will be late either). I can see a lot of devs sticking with PS4 for a while too. Will it be the best selling console ever?
It won't top PS2 in sales according to Zhuge, but it will in profit.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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My goodness. Funny thing is, and I know this is anecdotal, but there is quite a few people I have on my friends list from the PS3 days, who have yet to get the PS4. Now granted that is my list, but considering all the gamers out there, I would think this is not an isolated incident. Many more sales to come.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Great success.

And God of War, Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part II, SpiderMan, Detroit, Days Gone, Ghost of Tsushima, From Software Project has not come out yet.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I really can't help but wonder what that number might've been if they'd really really stocked HEAVILY for BF and Christmas - somehow managing to avoid the shortages that wound up hitting the 1TB model over Black Friday. Quite impressive regardless. As was said in the 70.6m thread several times it's definitely going to outpace PS3 sales and will probably cross 100m too...
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Monster Hunter World too, which is full on exclusive in Japan. No way Sony kicks off the next gen (not saying they will be late either). I can see a lot of devs sticking with PS4 for a while too. Will it be the best selling console ever?
I doubt it will ever hit the super low prices PS2 did and it has stronger competition than that as well, so no
 
Oct 28, 2017
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Incredible, they're dominating their competition almost like the PS2 era. Well deserved success, their simple strategy of giving consumers what they asked for worked.
I didn't ask for paid online and for their god tier existing subscription service to go down the toilet. And I didn't ask them to completely abandon my favourite gaming platform in less than 2 years.
 
Oct 29, 2017
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Wow. The list of huge games yet to come in the next year or two is crazy. Feels like the PS4 is actually building momentum rather than losing it. Wonder if we’ll see a cool super compact cheap AF PS4 in the next year or so. A super cheap console would sell shitloads more still. The Pro is nice for those wanting that stop gap but the console can still run stunning looking games and is more than enough for most people for a good 3 or 4 years yet. And when it’s the console that’s hosts the most third parties and indies as well, PS2 could be beaten when all is said and done.

All Sony needs to do is carry on this momentum, make PS5 like the Pro in the sense that it can run all the old games and we can see a far smoother progression from one generation to the next that’s far less harmful to consumers.