As the next generation of video game consoles keeps on turning up everywhere in the world, the best-selling console of all time turns 20 this year. On March 4, 2000, Sony released the PlayStation 2 in Japan, before bringing it to eagerly-waiting gamers around the world. Upon its birth, the PS2 was an instant hit. To take note, it remained popular for a very long time as well.
Even though its successor, the PlayStation 3, arrived two years after, the PlayStation 2 remained in production until 2013 as an affordable entry-level system. According to official figures from Sony, the company sold more than 155 million PS2 units since its launch, making it the most successful video game console by a wide margin.
As the following chart shows1, Sony has been dominating the gaming landscape for the past twenty and a half years, claiming four of the top five spots in the gaming hall of fame.
|Console||Estimated lifetime unit sales2|
|PlayStation 2 (PS2)||155.0m|
|PlayStation 4 (PS4)||108.9m|
|PlayStation 3 (PS3)||87.4m|
|Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)||61.9m|
|Super Nintendo Entertainment System||49.1m|
Both Sony and Microsoft are currently approaching the end of the PS4 and Xbox One lifecycle. Both companies have confirmed the launch of their next-generation consoles in time for this year’s holiday season; the next PlayStation will simply be called PS5, and the next Xbox will be named Project Scarlett.
- Source: Company reports; VGChartz
- as of December 31, 2019; excluding sales of re-released classic editions