As it currently stands, Sony’s PlayStation 2 — released in 2000 — is the best-selling video game console of all-time, having sold over 155 million units worldwide. When it was released, it was seen as a massive innovator, bringing DVD video technology into peoples’ homes in a sleek and affordable way, and has gone on to feature a game library of nearly 4,000 titles, including highly regarded ones like Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Kingdom Hearts II, and a couple of well-regarded entries in the high-octane Gran Turismo series. It looks, though, that its reign on top could be coming to an end in the future because of one of its successors.
According to a report at GamesRadar, Sony’s current-gen console, the PlayStation 4, is now on track to overtake the PS2’s sales due to recently released sales figures. According to those figures, Sony has managed to move over three million units of the PS4 in the last three months, bringing total sales for the console to a pretty astonishing 25.3 million units total. That number far and away makes the PS4 the sales leader of the current-gen, and also completely beats the PS2’s figures at the same point in its life cycle. It took the PS2 two years and eight months to reach 20 million units worldwide, and the PS4 has managed to reach over 25 million in less than two years on the market (the system launched on November 15th, 2013).
Microsoft’s competing console for this generation, the Xbox One, has sold just over 13 million units according to recent sales data. As of the end of last month, Nintendo’s Wii U has sold just over 10 million units worldwide.
This holiday season will see a few highly anticipated games for the console, including Star Wars Battlefront, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, and Fallout 4. None of those games are exclusives, though, and will also be released on Xbox One. The competition, on the other hand, has at least one major exclusive coming out in late October in the form of Halo 5: Guardians, so it should be interesting to see how the holidays unfold for the console wars.
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