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PlayStation Sales Numbers, Revenue & Users (2023)

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Sony sold more than 563.2 million PlayStation consoles. That is from Q2 2022 to December 3, 1994, when the first PlayStation was launched.

While the PlayStation brand still sits comfortably as the world’s most popular gaming console, its main competitors, Microsoft (Xbox Series X) and Nintendo (Switch) are slowly narrowing the gap.

Take a deeper look at how many people play PlayStation consoles and how much Sony earned from their beloved consoles throughout all these years.

Did you know that up to 41% of PlayStation players are females? Find out more down below.

PlayStation Sales Numbers, Revenue & Users

Here are all PlayStation generations, with a few upgraded models in between:

  • PlayStation 1 – December 3, 1994
  • PlayStation 2 – March 4, 2000
    • PlayStation 2 Slimline – October 29, 2004
  • PlayStation Portable (PSP) – March 24, 2005
    • PSP-2000 – August 30, 2007
    • PSP-3000 – October 14, 2008
    • PSP Go – October 1, 2009
    • PSP Street – October 26, 2011
  • PlayStation 3 – November 11, 2006
    • PlayStation 3 Slim – September 1, 2009
    • PlayStation 3 Super Slim – January 27, 2013
  • PlayStation Vita – December 17, 2011
    • PS Vita Slim – October 10, 2013
  • PlayStation 4 – November 15, 2013
    • PlayStation 4 Pro – September 7, 2016
  • PlayStation 5 – November 12, 2020

Sony PlayStation sales numbers

How many PlayStations are there in the world?

How many people play PlayStation?

PlayStation revenue

PlayStation market share

PlayStation demographics

Most popular PlayStation games

Fascinating PlayStation Facts

  • Sony sold a total of 563.2 million PlayStation consoles, with 142 million of them being PlayStation 4’s and 5’s.
  • PlayStation 5 sold the most units in its launch year (7.8 million) and was played the most in its first 6 months (52 hours per month on average).
  • An average of 106.6 million monthly active users played PlayStation consoles in 2021, with a current average for 2022 showing a slightly lower 102.5 million monthly users.
  • Sony’s Gaming & Network Services division earned around $23.28 billion in 2021, with $6.05 billion coming solely from console sales.
  • PlayStation had a 46% market share in 2021, which has shrunk down from 52% in 2020 and 56% in 2019.
  • People bought up to 1.54 billion games for PlayStation 2, with PlayStation 3 holding the second spot for selling 999 million titles.

Sony PlayStation Sales Numbers

  • Sony sold more than 563.2 million PlayStation consoles between 1994 and 2022, according to Sony Interactive Entertainment.

That includes all 5 PlayStations and the PSP (PlayStation Portable).

Out of all consoles, PlayStation 2 was the most successful, selling more than 155 million units as of 2012 (when it was discontinued).

PlayStation consoles sold from 1994 to Q2 2022

Here’s how many PlayStations have been individually sold so far:

PlayStation generationUnits sold
PlayStation102.4 million
PlayStation 2155 million
PSP
(PlayStation Portable)
76.4 million
PlayStation 387.4 million
PlayStation 4117 million
PlayStation 525 million
(SIE)
  • Sony’s second most successful PlayStation, the fourth-gen, sold the most units in 2016, topping at 20 million.

The table shows annual sales for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 (the latest official numbers):

YearPlayStation 4 salesPlayStation 5 sales
2022/5.7 million
20211.0 million11.5 million
20205.7 million7.8 million
201913.5 million/
201817.8 million/
201719.0 million/
201620.0 million/
201517.6 million/
201414.8 million/
20137.6 million/
(SIE)
  • On the other hand, PlayStation 5 broke the record for the most units sold in the launch year.

And that’s despite a bumpy launch, with consoles constantly out of stock and issues with so-called scalpers buying multiple units and selling them for a higher price.

Here are the launch year sales for every PlayStation console:

PlayStation
generation
Units sold in
the launch year
Launch year
PlayStation 10.7 million1994
PlayStation 21.4 million1999
PlayStation 33.6 million2006
PlayStation 47.6 million2013
PlayStation 57.8 million2020
(Sony)
  • PlayStation 2 is the best-selling console of all time, with 157 million units sold.

PlayStation 4 holds second place with 117 million, and Nintendo Switch, with 107 million units sold at third place.

The table shows only non-handheld consoles (apart from the Switch, which can be both).

RankGaming consoleUnits sold
1.PlayStation 2157 million
2.PlayStation 4117 million
3.Switch114.3 million
4.PlayStation 1102 million
5.Nintendo Wii101 million
6.PlayStation 387.4 million
7.Xbox 36085 million
8.NES61 million
9.Xbox One50.56 million
10.SNES49.1 million
(Statista, Nintendo)

How Many PlayStations are There in the World

  • If we assume people threw away their PlayStations after 5 years, there would be around 63 million Sony consoles in use.

On the other hand, if people change their video game console every 7 years, there could be around 107 million PlayStation 3, 4, and 5 in the world.

If people hold to their consoles for up to 10 years, there should be more than 131.8 million PlayStations.

For this estimation, we used official PS4 and PS5 sales numbers and an estimated number of PS3 consoles sold after 2015 (knowing that by the end of 2013, PS3 sold 80 million units).

Here’s the table of our results above:

If people threw away
their consoles after:
Estimated number of
PlayStation consoles
in the world
5 years of use63 million
7 years of use107 million
10 years of use131.8 million
(SIE, Gamespot)

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How Many People Play PlayStation?

  • PlayStation had an average of 106.6 million monthly active users in 2021.

Which is, on average, 4.65 million fewer monthly players than in 2020.

These are users that played a game or logged in to PlayStation Network. The official number for 2019 or earlier are unavailable.

The current average for 2022 is lower at 102.5 million monthly active users.

YearAverage monthly
active users
2022102.5 million
2021106.6 million
2020111.25 million
(Sony 2)
  • PlayStation had 102 million monthly active users in Q2 2022.

That’s 1 million less compared to Q1 2022 and 12 million less compared to Q1 2020 and Q3 2020, representing the highest monthly active users count since Sony started to follow these numbers.

PlayStation monthly active players

Here’s a more detailed view of how PlayStation monthly active users changed between 2022 and 2020:

Quarter of the yearMonthly active users
Q2 2022102 million
Q1 2022103 million
Q4 2021106 million
Q3 2021111 million
Q2 2021104 million
Q1 2021105 million
Q4 2020109 million
Q3 2020114 million
Q2 2020108 million
Q1 2020114 million
(Sony 2)
  • There are an estimated 92 million people still playing PlayStation 4.

Assuming that PlayStation users who upgraded to PS5 no longer play PS4 and that their video game console still works.

At least Microsoft claims their consoles are designed to last for 10 years. Hopefully, it’s the same on Sony’s side.

(Eurogamer, SIE)

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PlayStation Revenue

  • Sony’s Gaming & Network Services segment (G&NS) earned $23.28 billion in 2021.

That’s $1.19 billion less compared to 2020 but $5.54 billion more than in 2019.

The revenue was calculated quarterly using a historical currency converter for the date of the report and then summed together.

Sony's Gaming segment annual revenue

The table below shows precisely how much does PlayStation make a year:

YearAnnual revenue
from G&NS
Growth
2021$23.28 billion-4.86%
2020$24.47 billion+37.94%
2019$17.74 billion-11.39%
2018$20.02 billion+20.24%
2017$16.65 billion+15.38%
2016$14.43 billion+15.9%
2015$12.45 billion/
(Sony 2)

And here’s the revenue from hardware & other sales only (including non-PlayStation hardware):

YearAnnual revenue from
Hardware & Others
Growth
2021$7.31 billion+1.25%
2020$7.22 billion+36.74%
2019$5.28 billion-26.36%
2018$7.17 billion-1.91%
2017$7.31 billion+36.62%
2016$5.43 billion (hardware only)-10.1%
2015$6.04 billion (hardware only)
(Sony 2)
  • Based on quarterly revenue results, the third quarter always brought the most money to Sony and PlayStation.

The table shows the PlayStation revenue for each quarter from Q2 2022 to Q1 2017, separated by overall revenue and hardware & other revenue for comparison:

Quarter of
the year
Gaming & Network
Services revenue
Q2 2022$4.86 billion
Q1 2022$4.32 billion
Q4 2021$5.31 billion
Q3 2021$6.92 billion
Q2 2021$5.61 billion
Q1 2021$5.44 billion
Q4 2020$5.82 billion
Q3 2020$8.40 billion
Q2 2020$4.69 billion
Q1 2020$5.56 billion
Q4 2019$3.90 billion
Q3 2019$5.68 billion
Q2 2019$4.06 billion
Q1 2019$4.10 billion
Q4 2018$4.33 billion
Q3 2018$6.91 billion
Q2 2018$4.72 billion
Q1 2018$4.06 billion
Q4 2017$4.03 billion
Q3 2017$6.05 billion
Q2 2017$3.68 billion
Q1 2017$2.89 billion
Q4 2016$3.30 billion
Q3 2016$5.10 billion
Q2 2016$3.01 billion
Q1 2016$3.02 billion
Q4 2015$2.74 billion
Q3 2015$4.70 billion
Q2 2015$2.84 billion
Q1 2015$2.17 billion
(Sony 2)

Revenue from hardware sales and other:

Quarter of
the year
Hardware & Others revenue
Q2 2022$1.75 billion
Q1 2022$1.44 billion
Q4 2021$1.52 billion
Q3 2021$2.27 billion
Q2 2021$1.90 billion
Q1 2021$1.62 billion
Q4 2020$1.96 billion
Q3 2020$3.27 billion
Q2 2020$0.96 billion
Q1 2020$1.03 billion
Q4 2019$0.71 billion
Q3 2019$2.08 billion
Q2 2019$1.17 billion
Q1 2019$1.32 billion
Q4 2018$1.08 billion
Q3 2018$2.96 billion
Q2 2018$1.78 billion
Q1 2018$1.35 billion
Q4 2017$1.08 billion
Q3 2017$3.39 billion
Q2 2017$1.70 billion
Q1 2017$1.14 billion
Q4 2016$0.83 billion (hardware only)
Q3 2016$2.39 billion (hardware only)
Q2 2016$1.05 billion (hardware only)
Q1 2016$1.16 billion (hardware only)
Q4 2015$0.87 billion (hardware only)
Q3 2015$2.71 billion (hardware only)
Q2 2015$1.40 billion (hardware only)
Q1 2015$1.06 billion (hardware only)
(Sony 2)

PlayStation Profit

  • PlayStation console sales earned Sony $6.33 billion of gross profit in 2021.

We assumed the average gross profit rate of the company at 27.2% for the fiscal year. The profitability of the PlayStation category isn’t known. Therefore we estimated it with the average for Sony. PlayStation gross profit is 27.2% of the Gaming & Network Services category revenue.

Annual PlayStation console profit

Here’s how much we estimate Sony earned from PlayStation sales:

YearAnnual PlayStation sales
2021$6.33 billion
2020$6.36 billion
2019$4.61 billion
2018$5.20 billion
2017$4.33 billion
2016$3.75 billion
2015$3.24 billion
(Sony 2)

How much money has PlayStation made

  • Based on our above estimations, PlayStation brought in around $36.03 billion from 2015 to Q2 2022.
YearAnnual
PlayStation
sales
Cumulative
PlayStation
sales
2022
(Q1 & Q2)
$2.49 billion$36.03
2021$6.05$33.54
2020$6.36$27.49
2019$4.61$21.13
2018$5.20$16.52
2017$4.33$11.32
2016$3.75$6.99
2015$3.24/
(Sony 2)

PlayStation Market Share

  • PlayStation had around 46% market share in 2021, leading the console video game industry.

It’s losing a few percent of its share every year while Nintendo is gaining.

On the other hand, Microsoft is somewhat stagnating at around 25%.

Gaming console global market share 2021-2019

Here’s the gaming console market share between 2021 and 2019:

CompanyMarket
share
in 2021
Market
share
in 2020
Market
share
in 2019
Sony46%52%56%
Microsoft25%23%25%
Nintendo29%25%19%
(Ampere Analysis, HOT, Facts Chronicle)

PlayStation Demographics

  • Users between 31 and 36 are the likeliest to own PS4 or PS5, adolescents aged 13-to-18 are the likeliest to own PS1.

The data is from Sony’s official report in 2021 and is an interpretation of its data charts.

The table below shows the ownership distribution of PlayStation 4/5 and PlayStation 1 between different age groups:

Age groupOwnership
distribution
of PS4/PS5
Ownership
distribution
of PS1
13-1813%25%
19-2414%21%
25-3016%18%
31-3618%14%
37-4215%9%
43-4812%5%
49-549%4%
55+3%4%
(Sony)
  • Up to 41% of PS4 and PS5 gamers are females.

That’s a lot more compared to 18% of female PS1 gamers.

PlayStation generationPercentage
of MALE users
Percentage
of FEMALE users
PlayStation 4
& PlayStation 5
59%41%
PlayStation 182%18%
(Sony)

Here’s more gamer demographics data.

  • People spent more time playing games when buying PlayStation 5 in the first five months after launch compared to PlayStation 4.

On average, new PS5 owners spent 52 hours per month playing games, compared to 34 hours and 43 minutes for new PS4 owners.

Here’s a more detailed view of how people engaged with PS4 and PS5 first five months after launch:

MonthPlayStation 4
average monthly
playtime
PlayStation 5
average monthly
playtime
November27 hours (2013)37.3 hours (2020)
December37.3 hours (2013)55.5 hours (2020)
January40.9 hours (2014)62.3 hours (2021)
February33.8 hours (2014)53.4 hours (2021)
March34.6 hours (2014)51.5 hours (2021)
(Sony)
  • Despite PlayStation originating from Japan, US citizens are more likely to visit PlayStation.com than Japanese.

Here are the top 5 counties that most frequently visit PlayStation.com:

CountryShare of
playstation.com
visitors
USA21.1%
Japan8.24%
Germany5.09%
UK4.72%
China4.37%
Others56.47%
(Similarweb)
  • God of War Ragnarok was the most downloaded game for PS5 in November 2022.

On the other hand, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II was the most downloaded on PS4.

MonthMost downloaded
for PlayStation 5
Most downloaded
for PlayStation 4
November 2022God of War
Ragnarok
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
October 2022Call of Duty: Modern Warfare IICall of Duty: Modern Warfare II
& FIFA 23
September 2022NBA 2K23
& FIFA 23
NBA 2K23
& FIFA 23
August 2022Madden NFL 23 (US & CA)
Saints Row (EU)
Madden NFL 23 (US&CA)
FIFA 22 (EU)
July 2022Stray (US & CA)
F1 22 (EU)
Stray (US & CA)
F1 22 (EU)
June 2022The Quarry (US & CA)
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (EU)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder’s Revenge (US & CA)
FIFA 22 (EU)
May 2022Evil Dead: The Game (US & CA)
NBA 2K22 (EU)
NBA 2K22
(PlayStation Blog)
  • The most popular free-to-play game was Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0.

Among PS VR games, Beat Saber was the most downloaded in North America, whereas Europeans preferred SUPERHOT VR.

(PlayStation Blog)

  • People bought more than 3.829 billion games for PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP combined.
Number of games sold for PS1/PS2/PS3/PSP

Looking at software sales separately for each console:

PlayStation generationNumber of
software sales
PlayStation 1962 million
PlayStation 21.537 billion
PlayStation 3999 million
PlayStation Portable331 million
(SIE)
  • PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 combined sold around 578.5 million game copies from 2020 to 2022.

That includes bundle, download-only, and PS VR copies.

Here are the annual game sales for both consoles:

YearAnnual games sold
(all games)
Annual games sold
(first-party games)
2022
(Q1 & Q2)
109.7 million13.3 million
2021303.2 million43.9 million
2020338.8 million58.4 million
2019268.6 million43.3 million
2018257.6 millionn/a
2017246.9n/a
(Sony 2)

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Conclusion

These were the latest and most in-depth PlayStation statistics you can find. Sony still firmly believes in the future of its consoles, estimating PS5 could break most of its previous records.

Are you a PlayStation or Xbox gamer? Did exclusives play a significant role in deciding which one to buy? How long do you have your console?

Let us know down in the comments.

Sources: SIE, Sony, Sony 2, Gamespot, Eurogamer, Ampere Analysis, HOT, Facts Chronicle, Similarweb, PlayStation Blog, Statista, Nintendo

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