Both consoles are selling incredibly well, with the PS4 for the day. Meanwhile, Microsoft does not like to talk about hardware sales anymore.
The best-selling games of all time is the PlayStation 2 with 155 million units sold over its lifetime, and it seems very unlikely that total will ever be beaten. However, this week both Sony and Nintendo have released their Q1 FY2018 figures revealing another 3.2 million PS4 consoles have was sold between April 1 and June 30. That takes the total lifetime sales up to 82.2 million. In comparison, the PS3 total lifetime sales topped out at 83.8 million, meaning the PS4 is easily going to surpass it. The next target after that is the original PlayStation, which managed 102.49 million units.
As for Nintendo, the Switch has only been on the market for 16 months and yet sales are within touching distance of 20 million. As Eurogamer reports, the Switch total now sits at 19.67 million with sold 1.88 million in the last quarter, which means Nintendo will soon be able to state that the Switch has sold more than the GameCube's lifetime sales of 21.74 million. The target after that is the Nintendo 64, but it will take a while to beat as it sold 32.93 million units.
We're expecting the next generation of hardware from Sony and Microsoft to roll out in 2019/20. If Sony's rate of 2 million PS4 per quarter continues, by 2020 it should be in touching distance of the PlayStation units total. With a couple of holiday seasons between now and then, it should beat it before the gamers turn their focus to the PlayStation 5.
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With the Switch, there is no replacement in sight as the hybrid console is so young. Before you switch, the Switch sales figures should have surpassed the SNES (49.1 million), the NES (61.91 million), and even the Game Boy Advance (81.51 million).
figures, but we've known for years that it lags far behind the PS4 and will not catch up before the generation is over. Xbox One, but attention must surely be turning to what is coming next, especially as we're expecting two very different Xbox-branded machines in 2020.