Sony’s PlayStation 4 console has officially shipped more units worldwide than the PlayStation 3.
According to Sony’s first quarterly financial results, 3.2 million PS4 units have been sold since the end of last quarter on March 31, 2018, when worldwide sales of the console stood at 79 million units. This means that Sony has sold 82.2 million units worldwide since launch, surpassing the PlayStation 3’s lifetime sales of approximately 80 million units.
While console sales saw a decline versus the same period last year, the PS4 still managed to surpass its predecessor in a shorter time frame. The PS3 launched in 2006 and took 8 years to reach 80 million units, whereas the PS4 has hit that milestone in less than 5 years.
The PS4’s successful quarter can primarily be attributed to software strength, with Sony releasing the critically-acclaimed God of War back in April. The Sony Santa Monica-developed game sold 3.1 million copes in its first three days, and over 5 million by the end of the month.
In total, 40.6 million games were shipped during the April to June quarter, with digital downloads making up 43 percent of sales. Sony also revealed that it has 33.9 million PlayStation Plus subscribers, which represents a slight dip compared to the 34.2 million subscribers it had as of March 31, 2018.
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