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PS4 on Verge of Outselling Wii and PS1

PS4 on Verge of Outselling Wii and PS1 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 October 2019 / 5,093 Views

Sony announced earlier worldwide shipment figures for the PlayStation 4 have hit 100 million units as of June 30, 2019. Sony shipped 3.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles during the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 and forecasts 15 million units shipped for the entire fiscal year ending March 31, 2020.

The PS4 is now one of just four consoles to have hit the 100 million sales mark. The other consoles are the PS2 with 157.68 million units sold, the PS1 with 102.49 million units sold and the Wii with 101.63 million units sold. 


Shipment figures for the PS4 are on track to reach lifetime figures of the Wii and PS1 in the current quarter. The PS4 is now just 1.63 million units behind the Wii and 2.49 million units behind the PS1. Sony shipped 3.9 million PS4 consoles for the quarter ending September 30, 2018. PS4 shipment figures for the current quarter could be down a massive 1.4 million units compared to a year ago and it would be enough for the PS4 shipment figures to surpass the Wii and PS1. 

The next platform the PS4 could outsell is the Game Boy with lifetime sales of 118.69 million units sold. If Sony meets its current forecast for the fiscal year 2019, PS4 shipment figures would be at 111.8 million units at the end of March 2020. The PS4 would need just under seven million more units shipped to surpass the Game Boy. However, sales for the PS4 are expected to continue to slow the following year with the launch of the PS5 likely during holiday 2020. 


The Nintendo DS and PS2 with sales over 150 million units lifetime are likely out of reach unless the PS4 has strong legs and continues to sell well after the PS5 launches. 

Good news for the PS4 is that it is the fastest-selling home console to reach 100 million units shipped. It took the PS4 five years and seven months, while the PS2 took five years and nine months, according to video games industry analyst at Niko Partners Daniel Ahmad. 

The PlayStation 4 launched in North America on November 15, 2013, in Europe on November 29, 2013, and in Japan on February 22, 2014 for US$399.99 / €399.99 / £349.99.

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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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DialgaMarine (on 30 July 2019)

And some on this very site claimed this would never happen... 130 million, here PS4 comes!

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Evilms (on 30 July 2019)

BeastStation 4 !

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BraLoD (on 30 July 2019)

Great system, amazing games.

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GoldenHand80 (on 30 July 2019)

Hey Phil Spencer come and read this

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Thisguywhokills (on 31 July 2019)

PS4 today PS5 Tomorrow <3

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paulrage2 (on 31 July 2019)

September 30 figures will be the day when PS4 will surpass the PS1.

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