Sony announced that their PlayStation 4 console has now sold more than 50 million units worldwide, off shelves and into customers’ hands.
That figure, Sony said, includes the original PlayStation 4, the new slimmed down model, and the beefed up PlayStation 4 Pro, which debuted just last month.
For comparison, the PlayStation 3 reached that mark after five years, in 2011, compared to three for the PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 3 would go on to sell about 85 million units. The PlayStation 2, on the other hand, was also at about 50 million units sold three years into its life before eventually selling 150 million. If there’s any reasonable indication that the PlayStation 4 is a return to form after a tough third generation, this is certainly it.
It might finally be a fair fight, though.
Microsoft, for comparison, hasn’t shared numbers on the Xbox One in a while, as Sony’s spent the last three years lapping them over and over, but the last reliable number came from EA back in January, with the Xbox One at about 19 million sold; Sony crossed the 40 million mark back in May.
With that said, Microsoft has spent the last few months outselling the PlayStation 4 thanks in part to the Xbox One S, and they have a much more powerful version of the Xbox One on track for the end of 2017, so we could see that gap closing, though it’s impossible to know how much. Sony came out on top on Black Friday, but it seems like it might at least be a fair fight instead of a beat down. That likely means better deals and more competition from both sides of the fence moving forward, and that’s a good thing for us gamers on the other side of the cash register.