The lights are on
The combined sales of Sony's recent consoles have crossed a big milestone.
Sony Japan recently released a video to YouTube aimed at peripheral and manufacturing licensees, encouraging them to make officially licensed PlayStation products, revealed that the combined sales of PS3, PS4, and Vita now total 100 million.
More than 80 million of those sales are PlayStation 3 consoles. However, it's not close to being the company's most successful console. The PlayStation 2 sold over 155 million units during its lifetime, nearly double the PS3's total. That's an impressive mark that, due to increased competition and changes in the home console market, will be difficult for Sony to top.
Our Take:There's a couple of interesting takeaways here. One, after a slow start the PlayStation 3 eventually pulled even or surpassed the Xbox 360 on a worldwide basis (the last announced number for 360 was 70 million units sold). Also, since the PlayStation 4 has sold between 7 and 8 million, it means the Vita has actually sold better than we think. For a "failed" system, it's moved 12 or 13 million units since launch.