Today, the Sony financial results for the 3rd quarter of the 2016 financial year have been posted, and they are seriously impressive. Thanks to a price reduction in PS4 hardware, and the release of the PS4 Pro and PS4 slim models, Sony have shipped 9.3m units of hardware in the last quarter. This is an amazing record for the company. The last time such an amount was sold was way back in the 2nd quarter of 2003, when the PS2 sold 8.8m units. This huge achievement was highlighted by @ZhugeEx on twitter, an analyst who covers the digital games market. The series of tweets can be seen in the image below.
The total number of PS4s shipped now stands at 57.1m units sold as of December 31st 2016, having been on the market for 3 years and 2 months. Could the PS4 top PS2 lifetime sales? In the first 3 years and 3 months that the PS2 was on the market, it had sold 53.85m units. The PS4 has outsold the PS2 by approximately 3.2m units during the same time since their respective releases. Admittedly, the PS2 has sold almost three times that as of 2012 (around 155m units), but who knows when Sony will stop producing PS4s, considering the generation cycle is starting to become blurred. Such a feat would stand as testament to the popularity of the PS4 in this generation, especially since the PS3 and Xbox 360 were on relatively equal footing popularity-wise last generation. Let us know what you think of the Sony financial results in the comments below.