Top 10 Selling Video Game Consoles - 7th Generation Dominates, PS2 Still the King - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 December 2013 / 37,411 Views

Welcome to the ‘Top 10’ weekly feature. Each week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in a particular genre, platform, most recent month, even sprinkling in the top 10 selling games from a past year. All sales specified will be worldwide, unless stated otherwise. If there is a particular top 10 you want to see leave a comment and it may be featured in a future top 10. As a note all sales figures are retail only.

This week we are changing things up and not looking at software sales. We are looking at the top 10 bestselling video game platforms of all time. Last week we looked at the top 10 selling games in 2010 and the week before that the top 10 selling games in October 2013.

Top 10 Selling Video Game Consoles

Looking at the top 10 bestselling video game platforms two were released in the 1980’s, Game Boy and NES, one was released in the 1990’s, the PlayStation, and seven were released in the 2000’s, the PlayStation 2, DS, Wii, PlayStation 3, PSP, and Xbox 360. That really shows how video games have grown in popularity over time.

The 7th generation is the biggest generation in gaming to date. All five of the main platforms that generation are in the top 10. They are the Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 3, PSP, and Xbox 360. The second and third bestselling consoles of that generation both outsold the bestselling console of the third generation, the NES.

The top 10 bestselling video game platforms have sold a combined 1.02 billion units. Two platforms, the PS2 and DS, both sold more than 150 million units. The Game Boy, PS1, and Wii are the other three platforms to sell more than 100 million units.

The Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 3, and PSP have all sold over 80 million units. The Xbox 360 will hit 80 million sold in the next couple of weeks. The entire top 10 has sold more than 60 million units.

Top 10 Selling Video Game Consoles

The top 10 selling video game platforms as a graph shows how the video game industry has grown over the years. The 10th bestselling platform, the NES, sold 61.91 million units in its lifetime. At the time it was by far the bestselling platform in video games. However, since then 9 platforms have surpassed it.

Side note: The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are both around 20 million units away from hitting the 100 million sold milestone and have a slim chance of reaching that goal. The PlayStation 3 has a better chance of hitting the milestone, however with the PlayStation 4 out now sales are expected to slow down considerably. If the PlayStation 3 hits 100 million it will just barely make it by the time it is done selling.

Microsoft stated that the Xbox 360 will hit 100 million sold by the time they take it off the market, however with how sales have slowed down it is unlikely it will happen without a price drop soon.

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18 Comments

Shadow1980 (on 02 December 2013)

Where does VGC get that 104 million figure for the PS1? Since their older hardware numbers are supposed to be based on official shipment numbers, it should be 102.49 million, the other older systems are pretty spot-on, but that PS1 figure being nearly two million too high has been a bit of annoyance to me. It's especially important considering that it's going to come down to the wire as to whether the Wii surpasses it or not.


Michael-5 (on 02 December 2013)

PS1 is at 102.49 - VGC never corrected this number after an adjustment. Been bugging me too, Wii can top 102.49, but not 104.25


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S.Peelman (on 03 December 2013)

Yeah I've said that a million times already, it's incorrect and easily verifiable.


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Raven (on 03 December 2013)

DS software sales are extremely undertracked as well, and have been for a long time. They should be at ~940m, but for some reason no one has fixed it.


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Michael-5 (on 02 December 2013)

Why do you guys have PS1 at 104.25 million? You used to have it at the proper 102.49 million, then it seems like with an update it changed. Sony only reports 102.49 million PS1's sold, sho why do you have 104.25?


Yunta (on 02 December 2013)

Wow the DS is so close to take the crown, if Ninty still produces the system for a few more years there might be a chance... Nah is not that easy.


MARCUSDJACKSON (on 02 December 2013)

PS3 will make top 5 before being discontinued.


Michael-5 (on 02 December 2013)

Top 6, PS3 sales are crashing now that PS4 released


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S.Peelman (on 03 December 2013)

I think the 8th gen is going to knock the NES and the 360 off the list, with both the 3DS and the PS4 beating those. I think those are the only two that will make this list this gen.


NSS7 (on 02 December 2013)

PSP still selling 50k weekly after 9 years. AMAZING


Bohound (on 03 December 2013)

i dont know were the fuck i read that playstation 2 alocated 200mill units or so.... my life is a lie!!!! anyway, everyone said sony has failed miserably on the portable console field yet it has sold 80mill units, the what the fuck???


wangjingwanjia (on 02 December 2013)

I didn't realize that the PSP had actually sold 80 million copies. I think that's a pretty good figure for Sony. What surprises me is that Sega has no consoles that has made it to the top 10 list.


binary solo (on 02 December 2013)

I think 360 reaching 100 million was back when MS thought they could force DRM and always online onto the Xb one and that 360 would somehow thrive as the "offline" xbox.


Wonktonodi (on 02 December 2013)

We just started the 8th gen Nes 3 snes 4 n64 5 game cube 6 Wii 7 Wii U 8


teamsilent13 (on 02 December 2013)

right but it gets confusing because wii u = 8th gen, but ps4 and xbox one = 9th gen. ;)


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shikamaru317 (on 02 December 2013)

Aren't the 360, PS3, Wii, DS, and PSP part of the 7th generation? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_video_game_consoles_(seventh_generation)


leo-j (on 03 December 2013)

Ps3 will reach 100 M though


jakeh14 (on 03 December 2013)

PS2 is still the king:) Just a little more and PS3 will be at top 6.


007BondAgent (on 03 December 2013)

DS will never top the PS2 #DealWithIt


STRYKIE (on 02 December 2013)

Doesn't the Game Boy figures include GBC units? Very interesting read nonetheless.


S.Peelman (on 03 December 2013)

Yes, it does. Nintendo considers them to be the same console, with the GBC being merely a redesign of the GB. Much like the DS and DSi, but of course the difference was more noticeable in the GB's case.


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trunkswd (on 02 December 2013)

Fixed the 8th gen error. Now says 7th gen.


novasonic (on 02 December 2013)

Uh, title is wrong. That would be the 7th generation dominating.


platformmaster918 (on 03 December 2013)

or it's a foreshadowing


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ps3-sales! (on 02 December 2013)

Wow the 8th gen is doing great having just released. -___- Way to Nintendo and Sony to represent! I'm so happy that Microsoft only appears once, and towards the bottom :)


NobleTeam360 (on 03 December 2013)

Why? Nintendo has a shit load of consoles/handhelds and Sony has 6 consoles and handhelds compared to MS 2 consoles. It would be quite sad if they didn't dominate this list.


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NobleTeam360 (on 03 December 2013)

Why? Nintendo has a shit load of consoles/handhelds and Sony has 6 consoles and handhelds compared to MS 2 consoles. It would be quite sad if they didn't dominate this list.


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platformmaster918 (on 03 December 2013)

except that Sony only needed one console to instantly launch to the top of the home consoles chart and into second all time. Sorry but number of systems has nothing to do with how well they do. NES and PS1 are among the top sellers and they were both the first home systems from either company.


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