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Video game console sales worldwide for products total lifespan as of May 2014

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This statistic shows the total number of selected video game consoles sold worldwide across the products entire lifetime on the shelves as of May 2014. At this time the Nintendo DS was the second best games console having sold a total of around 154 million units worldwide.

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According to the graph above, amongst the most popular game consoles around the world are the PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS/3DS and the Game Boy. This statistic also shows specifically how these and other consoles sold in their first week on the shelves. The PlayStation, designed by Japanese company Sony has a loyal following with many millions of registered accounts on their network worldwide. The number of registered PlayStation accounts has been increasing steadily over the past few years.

Around the world there are millions of gamers who play on a daily basis (261262). Daily gaming is particularly prevalent in the Asia Pacific region and also across Europe. Thanks to modern advancements there are now a wider range of mediums available to the public to access gaming, for example: online gaming, social network gaming, mobile gaming, handheld consoles, more traditional home based gaming consoles and more. More recently the most popular online game on the social-networking site Facebook, is Candy Crush with more than 15 million daily active users. This game has in fact proven itself to be so addictive that there is even a rehab program available in the United States, specialized in treating addicts of the popular game.

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blackbeld2290d ago

Nice to see Sony doing well again.

3-4-52290d ago

GBA sold just as much as PSP and it was only around for like 4 years. That is kind of impressive.

Nothing against PSP, it's an awesome handheld.

blackbeld2290d ago

Nintendo is still king of handhelds :) Sony just can't beat that.

NewMonday2290d ago


the 3DS is starting to slow down, it had a strong but short life-cycle, same as the Wii.

Gaming1012290d ago

Reggie from Nintendo should talk more about handheld success if he's going to spout Nintendo's strengths. When he starts yammering about the Wii U's sales figures all he can muster is "Well we're technically in second place" even though the PS4 outsold the Wii U's entire install base after being on sale for just 2-3 months while they Wii U had been out over 15 Months at that same time.

Here's how it will look when the dust has settled:

Mr_Writer852290d ago


And Sony are the king of consoles.

Despite its numbers the 3DS numbers are less than half of the DS, with the rise of tablets and mobiles Nintendo may see their market shrink even more.

UltraNova2290d ago

I thought PS3 overtook 360 in global sales? Is this legit?

insomnium22290d ago


I thought so too and in addition afaik that happened a good long while ago. These numbers are outdated.

calis2290d ago

"I thought PS3 overtook 360 in global sales? Is this legit?"

Nope, they've taken the numbers from vgcharts.

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Retroman2290d ago

Addiction to CANDY CRUSH ??? and rehab centers ?? good LAWD they need rehab centers for call of duty , halo gamers .

bigfish2290d ago

Why is xbox 360 the same as ps3 on 80 million. Surely xbox360 should be in last place for sales!

SmielmaN2290d ago

Happy Sony is doing well, as well.

Speaking of consoles, my wife just got me a Wii U for Father's Day so Mario Bros/Kart/Party here I come! Lol

djplonker2289d ago

That kind of implies your wife is also your daughter lol

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F4sterTh4nFTL2290d ago

Xbox 360 + PS3 = 165 Million, no wonder most games are still cross-gen.

blackbeld2290d ago

Yep, you got that right.

mochachino2290d ago

Yet they all sell better on next-gen.

OpenGL2290d ago

Of course they are, both next-gen consoles have 16x the amount of RAM.

thehobbyist2290d ago

Yeah, that's what happens when your generation lasts 3 years longer than it normally does. Thank god we're finally done with it because the graphics/framerate balance on last gen was starting to get REALLY BAD.

alb18992290d ago

then SONY did not win last Gen.
both have 82.3millions sold

MasterCornholio2290d ago (Edited 2290d ago )

Nope Nintendo did with the Wii for now......

Jay70sgamer2290d ago

@ Master that is not gonna change ps3 and 360 are 18,000,000 consoles behind and they are starting to really slow down to a crawl ....look at ps3 Usa sales per week under 10,000 ...wii won generation 7 lol..I don't care how many price cuts they use they are not gonna sell 18,000,000 units when they have a brand new system on the market to replace it

choujij2290d ago

Right. The same Nintendo that people have been saying is doomed since the N64 days.

GameSpawn2290d ago


Where do you think the extra PS1 sales came from when the PS2 was released?
Where do you think the extra PS2 sales came from when the PS3 was released?

There are "third world" markets that get the console VERY late in comparison to the major markets increasing sales for previous gen LONG after the transition. Yes it may be in the weeeee tiny little numbers per week, but over the course of 4-5 more years past the generation transition point they add up. It also helps when your competitors drop ALL support for their previous consoles while you keep on going with overlapping lifespans.

Will the PS3 see the numbers the PS2 and PS1 did?
PS2...probably not because of the 360

Now if Microsoft drops the 360 like a bad habit after a year or so and Sony keeps pushing the PS3 in the "extra" markets they might get much closer to the PS2 sales (I still don't think they will surpass them).

Also when the PS3 hits the $99 point (it will eventually) it will see a surge for a little while to pickup some last minute sales in the lifespan.

rsnotz2290d ago

@Gamespawn your right. Where I live the PS2 was still being heavily advertised till 2012. And games were still being released here. In fact the eyetoy bundle was being heavily pushed in 2012.

MasterCornholio2290d ago


Yep and look at how long production of the PS2 lasted. They just stopped producing the console a year or two ago. The GameCube and Xbox stopped production way before that. I can imagine the PS3 will continue to be in production while Microsoft and Nintendo cancel production long before that. Remember a generation ends when all systems from that generation cease to be produced. Just because the PS4s out doesn't mean the PS3 has stopped selling all of a sudden.

Jay70sgamer2290d ago (Edited 2290d ago )

Yes ..old consoles continue to sell after the new releases but ...we are talking 18,000,000 consoles not 5,10 or 15 lol sorry it's not gonna happen .....especially with all the new game systems handhelds and computer games this is a different time and era than when the ps2 was released .....people have a lot more options than what they had in the past just look at what you said.... Sony lost about half their fans in one generation (ps2 154 million to ps3 80 plus million know why because of computers games ,tablet games handheld and competition etc and remember the japanese market was strong when ps2 and ps3 was out these days home consoles sell about only 10,000 systems a week let me break it down for you in math terms xbox360 or ps3 would have to sell 360,000 ps3 or xbox 360s a month for the next 4 years which would have ps3 on the market 12 years or 85,000 thousand ps3 or xbox 360 a week to catch wii @100,000,000 million lol do you really think they can sell that much in 4 years come on lets use some common sense here lol they are only moving 40,000 plus a week worldwide lol plus all three new consoles will be way cheaper by then lol Sony and Microsoft fans get over it the 7 generation is over even if not technically lol I'm finished

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MNGamer-N2290d ago

Of course Sony didn't win. Nintendo "won" last gen. Review the numbers again. Nintendo DS+Wii, 254.5 million units of hardware.

uth112290d ago

But if you owned a Wii, you sure didn't feel like you had the winning system from the kinds of games you got (crap shovelware mostly, no AAA apart from some excellent first party stuff)

MNGamer-N2290d ago

But the Wii system had the "Game of the Generation". Yes alot of shovelware, but you cant say there were "no good games". It's just silly. I played a ton of good games on wii, I feel like it was definitely worth investing in.

Spotie2290d ago

I would say the game that more outlets deemed GOTY would be GOTG. Especially with that game being part of the most awarded franchise of last generation, made by the most awarded studio of last generation.

johndoe112112290d ago


Yeah, because ign editors represent the rest of the world right? Smh.

Mr_Writer852290d ago

When did the Wii get The Last of Us?


insomnium22290d ago


Sorry but no matter what proof you show me I will never think that TLOU and Mario Galaxy are even on the same effing planet when it comes to my gaming. Same with COD vs Disgaea for example. There is a difference between a 30+yo gamer and a 10yo gamer you know.

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nthstew2290d ago

this is impressive. XB360 got a year head start but still Sony managed to equal it.
now imagine the figures if they were released at the same time.... ;)

darthv722290d ago

Even more impressive is how much the 360 surpassed the original xbox and yet the PS3 didnt come close to the PS2...or PS1 for that matter.

Sharky2312290d ago

Imagine the 360 numbers without the red ring of death. I know 10 people that bought 3 or more 360's.

xDHAV0K24x2290d ago

impressive. xb360 got the yr head start, NEVER got support in Japan, no blu-ray, not wireless for a few yrs AND far less exclusives! imagine that!

choujij2290d ago (Edited 2290d ago )


It's funny when Xbox fanboys pick and choose convenient times to admit the 360 had "far less exclusives" (your words).

Don't forget to mention, the 360 also was considerably cheaper, and the US market (it's strongest market) grew, while the gaming market in Japan only shrunk. ;)

And I'm sure the 3RRoD played a small part too:

In fact, just this week I found my old excel files and calculated how many consoles I personally serviced in 2010/2011. I tallied them up: 0 Wiis, 5 PS3s, and 100+ Xbox 360s. Imagine that!

Edit: For the fun of it, I thought I'd share my old service records. I've upped them here with the sensitive info covered:

MysticStrummer2290d ago

"I'm sure the 3RRoD played a small part too"

It definitely did with my real life gaming friends. All but one of them bought a 360 when it released, and ended up buying more than one because of RRoD. By about halfway through the generation they had all switched to PS3, but in total they bought more than twice as many 360s among them as PS3s. We'll most likely never know the overall numbers but I doubt my friends were the only ones who did that.

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BullyMangler2290d ago

Sony will never win if their daddy nintendo is in the game.

regarding sales ignore that, for gameplay and grafix determine a winner, not sales.

you guys seriously believe that Shakira is better than Tech9 because she has more sales ??

Please hand me the gun so i can blow my F***** brains out !

SpinalRemains1382290d ago

Right, because the PS brand has never outsold the Nintendo brand.

I guess that's the case if you're 15 years old and don't know any better.

MysticStrummer2290d ago

"Please hand me the gun so i can blow my F***** brains out !"

You think Sony has never outsold Nintendo, so are you sure you didn't do that already?

avengers19782290d ago

PS1,2,3 combined sales are more than NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, and Wii U sales combined sales that's 3 conses to 6...

Here's the gun

Maybe it's time to leave the gaming discussion, because you clearly know nothing about it.

Jay70sgamer2290d ago

[email protected] can make a scenario when a console is concerned to favor their system ...look at this.... wii and ds 254,000,000 sales combined home and portable consoles > sold more than ps3 ,xbox360 and playstation portable combined total hardware sales ...... See how that works ...don't get so caught up in numbers can work against you at times lol...nintendo dominated both console home and portable generation 7

avengers19782290d ago

Oh and best graphics go to PS, god of war, infamous, KILLZONE, uncharted, the last of us...
Best game play again PS god of war, infamous uncharted, grand Turismo ...

You just got nothing really

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pandaboy2290d ago (Edited 2290d ago )

Don't forget that the source is VGChartz. These are just ballpark estimations based off of official shipped numbers.

avengers19782290d ago

Pretty much says all you need to know right there... Might as well put this in rumor not news worthy. VGCharts has been proven wrong time and time again

choujij2290d ago (Edited 2290d ago )

Wow. I didn't realize they used VGChartz as a source. SMH.

Edit: I was curious to see how VGC managed to boost the 360 numbers to catch back up to the PS3 on their "chartz". I traced their fail to Jan's 2014 total global sales. Get this:

X360 (Weekly worldwide, total worldwide)

28th Dec,2013: 213,391 (week) 80,020,037 (total)
04th Jan,2014: 76,245 (week) 80,096,282 (total)
11th Jan,2014: 59,470 (week) 81,352,075 (total)

So according to them, 80,096,282 total + 59,470 sold the following week = a new total of 81,352,075. lol What a bunch of assclowns.

rainslacker2290d ago

According to this chart, Sony hasn't sold a single PS3 console since about this time last year when they announced they were at 83 million sold. Yet somehow, MS kept selling consoles in that same time frame, because they were not at 83 million at that time.

Strangely enough, PS3 is still doing pretty well, and I'd imagine they're still pushing at least 10 million PS's a year(conservative estimate) Not sure if it'll get close to PS2 numbers though, since the PS4 is significantly cheaper than the PS3 on launch, so the entry to next gen may be more appealing to more people.

Magicite2290d ago

For a JRPG fan like me, PS3 won hands down (won with games).

medman2290d ago (Edited 2290d ago )

You do realize the ps3 launched more than one full year later than the 360, right? And at a higher price? And did not have the benefit of selling multiple units to the same customers do to an outrageously high failure rate?

SilentNegotiator2290d ago

The last official counts had ps3 in the lead and ps3 has been eclipsing 360 constantly. I doubt that they're tied.

Gamer19822290d ago

They surpassed Xbox 360 but since the launch of the PS4/Xbox One the PS3 sales have dropped and 360 sales are still pretty much the same meaning Xbox 360 gained some ground back.. They will end about the same but it means Sony has nearly doubled Xbox One sales and MS have been forced to support 360 e.g. Forza Horizon 2.. Thus hurting next gen games..

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grashopper2290d ago

I'm kind of amazed the Wii never caught the PSone. I thought it would have had higher numbers and I didn't realize the PSone did so well.
Crazy numbers for both of them.

Jay70sgamer2290d ago

Grashopper. The only reason why the wii didn't catch playstation 2 is because nintendo stopped supporting it after the 5 year and playstation was sold for over 12 years

thehobbyist2290d ago

That's both true and false. In Japan they were still supporting it for more than five years. Meanwhile in every other country it faded away. Same with PS2. Sony kept supporting it and it was sold for longer in the west than PSX. But it still went away in the west before it stopped in Japan.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory2290d ago

No because in 2010 Project Cafe was rumored.

In 2011 Wii U was revealed they then shifted their developers over after Xenoblade, Zelda Skyward Sword and Kirby Return to Dreamland.

Mr_Writer852290d ago

The Wii never surpassed the PS2 as it was a fad.

Whilst the PS2 was not.

LAWSON722290d ago (Edited 2290d ago )

Every console is a fad, look at PS2 today it is unpopular and not used, while 10 years ago it was huge.

"A fad is any form of behavior that develops among a large population and is collectively followed enthusiastically for a period of time, generally as a result of the behavior being perceived as popular by one's peers or being deemed "cool" by social media.[1] A fad is said to "catch on" when the number of people adopting it begins to increase rapidly. The behavior will normally fade quickly once the perception of novelty is gone."- Wikipedia

Any system fits this bill really if it became popular. Look at 360/PS3 now that they are perceived as old they are perceived as irrelevant. PS2 however was a very long fad,but once that perception of novelty was gone it went away

Fireseed2290d ago

My question is where the heck did the Sony numbers go?!? I mean it goes;

PS1: 104.25
PS2: 157.68
PS3: 82.3

That's A LOT of people who seem to just give up on games. O_O

LazyMinion2290d ago

Half of them bought the 360

Fireseed2290d ago

I sincerely doubt that some 70 million people are the entirety of 360 consumer base. Cause plenty of people bought both.

uth112290d ago

The rest went to the wii

SilentNegotiator2290d ago (Edited 2290d ago )

It was both the Wii and 360. Ps2 was both the perfect casual AND core console because it was cheap AND had a strong lineup.

But then the 7th gen came and Microsoft's console was a LOT more competitive for core gamers and Wii dominated the casual gamers. Ps3 didn't have any chance of keeping all 157m ps2 owners with its high price and weaker (relative to ps2) lineup.

JBSleek2290d ago

What happens when there is competition.

mt2290d ago

PS2 era competition was fierce because PS2 was the underdog but PS2 killed all the competitors.

darthv722290d ago

If by underdog you mean underpowered....then mt you would be correct.

But it wasnt the underdog in the sense of the term. Meaning it wasnt in any way up against a better competitor. unless you want to count sony's other platform at the same time. the PS1.

Many dont realize that competition is not just against the "other guy". It also means competing with themselves. Its like that still to this day.

While the sale of a system is great in the grand scheme of things...the sale of a previous system in comparison to the newer one from the same company is still a loss to the newer platform they are trying to promote.

But there does come a point where the newer does finally out pace the former and then the former can retire in style.

mt2290d ago

yes I thought it was clear I didn't need to explained it further.

PS2 was underpowered.

Sharky2312290d ago

Those consoles sold for a lot longer and they had no competition in the hardcore dept.