This week PlayStation celebrates its 25th birthday. The brand was conceived in the early 1990s as a response to Sony's unexpectedly broken partnership agreement with Nintendo, with whom the company had planned a long-term cooperation aimed at gaining a foothold in the completely new video games market. The Japanese giant announced today with pride that after many ups and downs, PlayStation has entered the Guinness World Records, winning the title of the most popular home console brand in history. Over the years, more than 450 million PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 copies have been delivered to gamers worldwide.
It's worth noting that PlayStation 2 is still the best-selling gaming system in history, with over 155 million players worldwide. Just behind it is the PlayStation 4, which has recently surpassed the 100 million threshold. Please note that PlayStation is also two portable consoles that were not included in the record, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita. Depending on various estimates, they found a total of around 85-95 million buyers. For comparison, during the 36 years of Nintendo's presence in the video game market, the company has sold "barely" 323 million units of home consoles (from the 1983 NES to the hybrid Nintendo Switch). If we were to add mobile systems such as Game Boy or Nintendo DS to this number, the Japanese company would have moved over 754 million copies, leaving Sony far behind.
- PlayStation - official website
- Guinness World Records - official website
Last update: 2019-12-03