Sony’s PlayStation 4 Is The Fastest Gaming Console To Ship 100M Units

It was only a matter of time before it happened, but it was going to happen. Sony’s popular PlayStation 4 console has hit 100 million units worldwide.

This was confirmed by Sony during its recent first-quarter financial report.  The PS4 has managed to hit 100 million units faster than any other gaming console. This includes the two generations old PlayStation 2 which previously held the record.

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It took the PlayStation 2, 5 years and 9 months. While the PS4 has beaten the previous long-standing record at 5 years and 7 months. Ironically, it took Sony to beat its only record. The console joins the PlayStation 1 and 3 to hit 100 million units, while the PlayStation 3 was just under 90 million units throughout its lifetime.

As to why the console has experienced so much growth, it’s really easy to see. Boosting a better 1st party game offering that includes hits such as Bloodborne, Marvel’s Spider-Man, God of War, The Last of Us, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and Uncharted. The PS4 was easily the choice for many gaming newcomers and casuals alike. The explosion of the Esports scene also helped, with just about everyone wanting to play Fortnite, Call of Duty, and Street Fighter V to make a name for themselves. Of course, releasing multiple limited editions of PlayStation 4. Many of which were and still are heavily sought after also helps sell some extra consoles as well.

The PS4 has been and still is to this day a beast, even if the console has started to show its age. That said, this has to make you wonder how the next-generation PlayStation will fare. With the PS4 still going strong and likely well into 2020 and maybe even 2021, will people want to drop the cash to pick up the latest and greatest at the start? I suppose only time will tell. But by then, the PS4 may end up hitting yet another milestone.

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Oddly enough, many had predicted that gaming consoles were dead and on the way out. However, the PS4’s strong sales only go to prove that was a hours speculation. Gaming consoles are as popular now as they were several years ago. Heck, I’d wager they’re even more popular and I don’t see them going the way of the Dodo anytime soon.

The PlayStation 4 was released on November 15, 2013, in North America. Followed by a February 22, 2014, release in Japan.

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Keith Mitchell
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Keith Mitchell is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Outerhaven. A grizzled IT professional during the day, but a passionate lover of video games after his 9-5 grind. Loves playing the Dark Souls series and has been gaming since he was 6 years old. Yes, I am a black gaming journalist.