Sony's PlayStation 4 is the fastest selling console to 100 million global sales
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The PS4 has been a runaway hit for the company and it is now the fastest selling console to cross the 100 million sales threshold. Even though it is coming towards the end of its run, Sony’s PlayStation 4 is still selling strongly according to the company. It was only in the previous quarter that the PS4 had sold 96.8 million units, but it has now passed the 100 million-unit sales worldwide with an additional 3.2 million sales for the past three months.
According to Daniel Ahmad of Niko Partners, the PS4 took just 5 years and 7 months to get there surpassing the PS2 and the Nintendo Wii on the way. It took Sony about 2.5 years to get to 50 million sales, which shows that although slowing somewhat in the past twelve months, it has maintained impressive sales momentum. Part of this can be put down to the launch of the mid-cycle refresh in the form of the PS4 Pro, but it shows that it was a wise decision to give the line a shot in the arm at the time.
With the next-generation PlayStation 5 console expected in the fall of 2020, Sony has laid the foundation to maintain its lead over Microsoft’s Xbox platform. As with the PS4, the PS5 will feature an octa-core chipset made by AMD although this time it will be based on AMD’s heavy hitting Ryzen 3 CPU and Navi GPU architectures. This will be good for delivering graphics at up to 8K resolutions with support for real-time ray-tracing. Game loading times will also be dramatically faster with an SSD drive while Sony will continue to offer a Blu-ray drive, although it is not clear whether this will support at least 4H UHD at this time.