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PS4 Was the Best-Selling Platform in the US of the 2010s

PS4 Was the Best-Selling Platform in the US of the 2010s - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 16 January 2020 / 2,817 Views

The PlayStation 4 was the best-selling platform in the US of the 2010s decade, which ran from 2010 to 2019, according to NPD. The research firm did not provide any exact figures. 

The PS4 has sold 32.17 million units in the US, according to our estimates. This is a decent amount ahead of other platforms released this past decade. In the US, the Xbox One has sold 27.56 million units, the 3DS has sold 23.00 million units, and the Switch has sold 17.54 million units. The Wii U also sold 5.70 million units in the US, and the PlayStation Vita 2.44 million units.

The PS4 is ahead of its predecessor, the PS3, which sold 26.99 million units in the US. Other previous platforms that ave sold better than the PS4 in the US includes the DS with 52.78 million units sold, the Xbox 360 with 45.14 million units sold, and the Wii with 41.70 million units sold.

Thanks VentureBeat.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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19 Comments

S.Peelman (on 17 January 2020)

Not exactly a surprise since its entire generation falls in the 2010s while the other big consoles overlap with another decade.


DialgaMarine (on 18 January 2020)

Xbox One, Wii U, and 3DS all fell within the same decade. Doesn't make sense to disregard them.


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S.Peelman (on 18 January 2020)

None of those sold much, and aren't really one of the “big” consoles, ie the generation winners. :-P


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DialgaMarine (on 18 January 2020)

True, but they were still competition. Pretending they didn't happen just comes off as discrediting PS4's accomplishment. And let's not forget, this article is about the US, where the XB1 has still done a respectable amount.


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Alistair (on 19 January 2020)

exactly this was a weird number for NPD to publish... it just cuts the last generation in half, so really all it is saying is the ps4 outsold the xbox one in the u.s. unsurprisingly


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S.Peelman (on 19 January 2020)

DialgaMarine: Huh? I'm not pretending or excluding anything, and the other consoles are irrelevant anyway. We already know PS4 won last gen, and because the other winners in the past didn't have much of their time within the last decade, saying “PS4 won the decade” isn't exactly a surprise. That's it.


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V-r0cK (on 16 January 2020)

Well deserved!


SwitchUP (on 16 January 2020)

That's good company with the others, ps4, xbox 360, ds... I think the switch will join the 30+ million gang.


Cerebralbore101 (on 16 January 2020)

Of course it was. Tons of exclusive 1st party and 2nd party content. Tons of Japanese games that only came to PS4 and PC. Microsoft pretty much throwing the generation away from day one, with multiple bad decisions. Nintendo having a serious flop with the Wii U, and only recovering with Switch in the final three years of the decade.


Phoenix20 (on 17 January 2020)

PS2 dominated the 2000s, PS4 dominated the 2010s. PS5 or PS6 to dominate the 2020s?


Alistair (on 19 January 2020)

The playstation 2 didn't dominate, it sold 53 million and the xbox 360 sold 49 million, there's not even a 10 percent difference in the U.S.


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DialgaMarine (on 19 January 2020)

PS2 dominated its respective gen, and 360 sold that number from 2005 to 2018. I know I'm being pedantic, but only 360's numbers up to 2010 would count when comparing them to PS2 in that decade


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mushroomboy5 (on 17 January 2020)

Not my favourite console (that would probably be ps2 or snes)...but a solid platform with a decent lineup of games. Well deserved.


Radek (on 16 January 2020)

Beautiful :D


DonFerrari (on 17 January 2020)

We knew that for a long time, but I'm surprise PS4 have like 5M lead over X1 over there.


Zenos (on 17 January 2020)

Not a huge surprise. I got my PS3 in 2009 just before the start of the decade when it was near its peak.


Alistair (on 19 January 2020)

The Switch has already outsold the PS4 in Japan by 50 percent. I know which platform will be getting the Japanese games this gen.


Alistair (on 19 January 2020)

The Switch has already outsold the PS4 in Japan by 50 percent. I know which platform will be getting the Japanese games this gen.


Alistair (on 19 January 2020)

Your numbers show 49 million for Xbox 360 and 35 million for PS4 btw. Not 45 million for Xbox 360. The highest selling of the decade is a stupid number. It cuts the Xbox 360 sales right in half for no reason. Top selling of consoles that were active from 2010-2019 would be DS, XBOX 360, and Wii.