Sony had a really good year in 2016, selling more than 53.4 million PS4s globally, and this year seems to be only better for the Japanese corporation. According to a report by IGN, Sony has shipped about 60 million PlayStation 4 consoles across the globe, pushing it far ahead of the competition. Not only that, but Sony has met its target for the fiscal year, which ended in March.
The data Sony released shows that 20 million PlayStation 4 units have been shipped this financial year, with 2.9 million of those units coming from the final quarter. The sales really peaked during the third quarter, though, with a record-breaking 9.7 million units being shipped.
These sales, combined with the last fiscal year’s 40 million, made Sony reach their goal to sell 60 million units by the end of March, which Sony made after reaching more than 50 million back in December. This year’s numbers are also an improvement on last year’s 17.7 million units.
As for the future of the PlayStation 4, Sony has projected lower sales for the next financial year, predicting only 18 million units being sold during the consoles fifth year. The PS4 still has a long way to go to beat its predecessor, the PlayStation 3, which sold over 80 million consoles while it was still in production. To be fair, though, the PlayStation 3 spent seven years on the shelves, making it all the more likely that the PS4 will eventually crush that record.
Some wonder if the PlayStation 4 will still be able to hold up after the release of Microsoft’s new high-end Project Scorpio console, which is supposed to be even more advanced than Sony’s PS4 Pro. Gamers will have to wait and see the results when the Scorpio is released during the Holiday season of 2017.