About a year ago, Sony Interactive Entertainment remained optimistic that the release of Marvel's Spider-Man and other console exclusives like it could help push the PS4 to sales surpassing 100 million units during its life cycle. While the latest iteration of the PlayStation has yet to reach such a feat just yet, it has surpassed the milestone of beating out the lifetime sales of Microsoft's beloved Xbox 360.
According to a recent rundown of sales estimates for the PS4, the current generation Sony system has racked up 86.15 million units for its lifetime sales so far, which has helped it surpass the Xbox 360's lifetime sales of roughly 85.80 million units. It looks as if the recent spate of holiday shopping helped push the PlayStation 4 into its current sales position, as the console managed to sell 533,999 units for the week ending November 17, 2018.
While some may argue that the PS4's lifetime sales surpassing the Xbox 360 isn't that significant of a feat, it's worth noting that these purchases by consumers have assisted the Sony system in securing a spot just outside of the top five highest-selling game consoles of all time. As of writing, the PlayStation 2 is number one with approximately 155 million sold, followed by the Nintendo DS with 154.02 million, then the Game Boy/Game Boy Color, then PS1, and finally, the Nintendo Wii.
All things considered, should the PlayStation 4 continue to receive a steady stream of solid exclusives during the rest of its life cycle, there's a good chance that the system could wind up cracking the list of the top five best-selling game consoles ever. And if recent comments from Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO John Kodera are any indication of SIE's plans for the next step in PlayStation hardware, then it looks as if the PS4 has about three years left to maximize its ability to move units before the launch of the PS5.
The PS4 is available now.