With over 450 million units sold across the PS1, PS2, the PS3 and the PS4, PlayStation has been awarded the best-selling video game console brand by Guinness World Record. Sony Interactive announced this via the official PlayStation Twitter account. The tweet included a photo of Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan and former CEO Ken Kutaragi.
Looking at individual console sales figure, the PS2 remains the best-selling video game console of all time with unit sales of 155million. The PS1 sold 102.5 million units while the PS4 has sold 102.8 million console units even if it is reaching the end of its lifecycle. The PS3 performed poorly in terms of Sony projection sales making the least sales with 87.4 million units.
Sony has already announced the PS5 for a holiday 2020 release but the PS4 will be going out with a bang. The Last of Us Part II will be a PS4 exclusive and Naughty Dog has announced it for a May 2020 release. Another exclusive is Ghost of Tsushima which has no release date yet but it is also expected to be released 2020.
The awarded by Guinness World Record announcing Sony as the best-selling video game console brand interestingly coincided with Sony celebrating the PlayStation’s 25th anniversary. In a blog post by President & CEO, Jim Ryan, it reads:
“On December 3, 1994 – 25 years ago this week – the first PlayStation made its global debut in Japan. Starting from a humble beginning as an upstart within Sony, Ken Kutaragi and team delivered on a vision to elevate video games as a form of entertainment that everyone could enjoy, and to make a platform for game developers to express their creativity. The original PlayStation sold 100,000 units in Japan on its first day and went on to become the first-ever home console to surpass 100 million units sold globally.”
It further reads:
“We struck a chord with the gaming community because PlayStation offered experiences beyond what anyone could ever imagine was possible with a home console. From the very start, we opened our arms to developers, providing them with the tools and technology to create beautiful, expansive worlds, and to experiment with new ideas. That approach led to the diversity of games PlayStation is known for, a true hallmark for our brand across multiple generations of hardware platforms.
It’s truly humbling to see fans who grew up on PlayStation passing down their love of gaming to their children, who are now playing on PS4.On behalf of all of us at PlayStation – thank you for taking this journey with us. We can’t wait to celebrate what comes next with you.”