Sony has announced in its financial report that PlayStation 4 reaches 113.8 million consoles sold as of September 30th. 1.5 million were sold during that last quarter, which is slightly less than what was achieved in the same period last year -2.8 million-, although this is expected due to the imminent change of generation. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has been boosting domestic leisure and this is causing multiple divisions of the company to grow, including the video game sector, so the forecasts for its games and network services segment are up to sales of 24.9 billion dollars and some 2.87 billion dollars in operating income.

The increased sales are somewhat linked to PS4’s ability to stream multiple video streaming services through its console, like Netflix and Hulu, while also responsible for an increase in the query of how do I get Disney Plus on PS4?

There are currently 45.9 million PlayStation Plus subscribers -date September 30th-, which is 9 million more than in the same period last year. During the quarter -July, August and September- 80.9 million games were sold, more than 10 million above the quarter of 2019, something that has undoubtedly influenced launches such as The Last of Us Part II and Ghost of Tsushima: 12.4 million were first party games, compared to 6.3 million last year. 59% of game sales were made in digital distribution, while in 2019 it was 45%.

If we compare it with the sales (distribution) of other consoles, PS4 is only slightly behind what PS2 achieved after 27 quarters – at that time PS2 reached 116.18 million. Since PS5 is backwards compatible with PS4, it’s possible that the sales of the current console don’t have the same path as PS2, although everything depends on the strategy with the prices.

The most profitable console in history

The best selling consoles in history
1. PlayStation 2: 155 million
2. Nintendo DS: 154.02 million
3. Game Boy: 118.69 million
4. PlayStation 4: 113.8 million

PS4 is already the most profitable console in the history of video games, even though it is not yet the best selling one. Since its launch in November 2013, PS4 has made a profit of 11,330 million dollars, which is above the accumulated by Nintendo DS or Wii, and well above the profits of the first PlayStation (3000 million dollars) or PlayStation 2 (2220 million dollars). Undoubtedly, the sales of games in digital distribution and the resistance to lower the price of the console during these years have served for the platform to get this data.

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