Over 1.56-Billion Gaming Consoles Sold Worldwide.
1.56-billion game consoles of different brands have been sold globally according to data gathered by Learnbonds.com.
Sony’s PlayStation 2 remains the best selling game console of all time, two decades after its release.
Among the top sold units, Sony, Atari, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sega brands have more than one version of game consoles.
Since its release in 2000, the PlayStation 2 consoles have sold 157.68 million units. The Nintendo DS is the second-highest selling game console with 154.9 million units globally followed by Game Boy at 118.69 million units.
Notably, the PlayStation 2 has outsold the popular Playstation 4 which has 109.86 million units globally. In fifth place, there is the first PlayStation console that has sold 102.5million units. The Wii console is sixth with 101.64 million units sold globally.
Sony’s third PlayStation series has sold 87.41 million units globally followed by Microsoft’s Xbox 360 at 85.8 million. Game Boy Advance (GBA) total sold units stand at 81.51 million while the PlayStation Portable closes the top ten categories with about 81.09million units. On the other hand, Dreamcast’s first version has the least units sold at 8.2 million. Sega Saturn (SAT) only unit has the second least sold devices at 8.2 million.
The PlayStation 2 success is due to several factors, for example, the length of time it remained on the market before the release of PlayStation 3. Furthermore, the console has a huge library of games that made it more popular than the initial PlayStation. PS2 also had the functionality of a DVD player, something that sold the console both as a home theatre device and as a modern gaming device.
The Learnbonds.com research also overviewed the sales of Sony’s PS2 and PS4 based on regions. Interestingly, Europe has emerged as the biggest consumer of Sony PlayStation platforms. The PlayStation 2 has sold more consoles in Europe at 55.28 million while in North America the units stand at 53.65 million. In Japan, there are 23.18 million sold units while the rest of the world stands at 25.57 million.
On the other hand, PlayStation 4 sales have dominated Europe with 45.12 million units followed by North America at 36.34 million. To date, about 9.12 million PS4 consoles have been sold in Japan while the number for the rest of the world stands at 19.28 million.