It’s official – the Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) was the best-selling games console of the decade according to the NPD group (via Venturebeat), who released figures this week detailing 2019 console sales, and for the 10s decade surpassing 106 million consoles sold. And while it missed out on the big prize, there was some good news for Nintendo too, as the Switch was the best-selling console of 2019 in the same findings. Both rank among our best video game consoles.
It’s not surprising news that Sony came out on top in this generation of game consoles, as the monstrous popularity of the PlayStation 4 was evident right from the get-go. Microsoft stumbled out of the gates and it took them most of the generation to right the ship, though we think they've done a fantastic job as you can see in our PS4 vs Xbox One 4K games console showdown.
Sony themselves took to the stage at CES 2020 in Las Vegas earlier this month to announce that the PlayStation 4 had sold more than 106 million consoles worldwide. They also showed off the new logo for the upcoming PlayStation 5, which was thrilling. We’ll undoubtedly be hearing more from Sony on the upcoming PlayStation 5 soon, and it's expected by the end of 2020.
Back in October 2019, Nintendo announced that its hybrid console, the Nintendo Switch had sold a mighty 41.67 million units, which is impressive when you consider that the Switch launched three years after the PS4 and Xbox One. Microsoft has been tight-lipped about the sales figures for their Xbox One, as they're estimated to be considerably lower than those for PlayStation 4. Estimates put the Xbox One’s total sales at around 41 million units sold at the start of 2019.
So, it looks like Sony is winning this generation’s popularity-contest, but who is going to triumph in the next generation? Both Sony and Microsoft have announced their new consoles, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X respectively. Both consoles will be launching later this year, though we still know very little about both (especially the PS5, which exists purely as a logo at this point).