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. 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). Here’s how many PlayStations have been individually sold so far: PlayStation generationUnits soldPlayStation102.4 millionPlayStation 2155 millionPSP(PlayStation Portable)76.4 millionPlayStation 387.4 millionPlayStation 4117 millionPlayStation 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 sales2022/5.7 million20211.0 million11.5 million20205.7 million7.8 million201913.5 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: PlayStationgenerationUnits sold inthe launch yearLaunch yearPlayStation 10.7 million1994PlayStation 21.4 million1999PlayStation 33.6 million2006PlayStation 47.6 million2013PlayStation 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 sold1.PlayStation 2157 million2.PlayStation 4117 million3.Switch114.3 million4.PlayStation 1102 million5.Nintendo Wii101 million6.PlayStation 387.4 million7.Xbox 36085 million8.NES61 million9.Xbox One50.56 million10.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 awaytheir consoles after:Estimated number ofPlayStation consolesin the world5 years of use63 million7 years of use107 million10 years of use131.8 million(SIE, Gamespot) See what is the best wireless gaming headset for PlayStation. 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 monthlyactive users2022102.5 million2021106.6 million2020111.25 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. Here’s a more detailed view of how PlayStation monthly active users changed between 2022 and 2020: Quarter of the yearMonthly active usersQ2 2022102 millionQ1 2022103 millionQ4 2021106 millionQ3 2021111 millionQ2 2021104 millionQ1 2021105 millionQ4 2020109 millionQ3 2020114 millionQ2 2020108 millionQ1 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) Here’s data on video game addiction and mobile gaming numbers. 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. The table below shows precisely how much does PlayStation make a year: YearAnnual revenuefrom G&NSGrowth2021$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 fromHardware & OthersGrowth2021$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 ofthe yearGaming & NetworkServices revenueQ2 2022$4.86 billionQ1 2022$4.32 billionQ4 2021$5.31 billionQ3 2021$6.92 billionQ2 2021$5.61 billionQ1 2021$5.44 billionQ4 2020$5.82 billionQ3 2020$8.40 billionQ2 2020$4.69 billionQ1 2020$5.56 billionQ4 2019$3.90 billionQ3 2019$5.68 billionQ2 2019$4.06 billionQ1 2019$4.10 billionQ4 2018$4.33 billionQ3 2018$6.91 billionQ2 2018$4.72 billionQ1 2018$4.06 billionQ4 2017$4.03 billionQ3 2017$6.05 billionQ2 2017$3.68 billionQ1 2017$2.89 billionQ4 2016$3.30 billionQ3 2016$5.10 billionQ2 2016$3.01 billionQ1 2016$3.02 billionQ4 2015$2.74 billionQ3 2015$4.70 billionQ2 2015$2.84 billionQ1 2015$2.17 billion(Sony 2) Revenue from hardware sales and other: Quarter ofthe yearHardware & Others revenueQ2 2022$1.75 billionQ1 2022$1.44 billionQ4 2021$1.52 billionQ3 2021$2.27 billionQ2 2021$1.90 billionQ1 2021$1.62 billionQ4 2020$1.96 billionQ3 2020$3.27 billionQ2 2020$0.96 billionQ1 2020$1.03 billionQ4 2019$0.71 billionQ3 2019$2.08 billionQ2 2019$1.17 billionQ1 2019$1.32 billionQ4 2018$1.08 billionQ3 2018$2.96 billionQ2 2018$1.78 billionQ1 2018$1.35 billionQ4 2017$1.08 billionQ3 2017$3.39 billionQ2 2017$1.70 billionQ1 2017$1.14 billionQ4 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. Here’s how much we estimate Sony earned from PlayStation sales: YearAnnual PlayStation sales2021$6.33 billion2020$6.36 billion2019$4.61 billion2018$5.20 billion2017$4.33 billion2016$3.75 billion2015$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. YearAnnualPlayStationsalesCumulativePlayStationsales2022(Q1 & Q2)$2.49 billion$36.032021$6.05$33.542020$6.36$27.492019$4.61$21.132018$5.20$16.522017$4.33$11.322016$3.75$6.992015$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%. Here’s the gaming console market share between 2021 and 2019: CompanyMarketsharein 2021Marketsharein 2020Marketsharein 2019Sony46%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 groupOwnershipdistributionof PS4/PS5Ownershipdistributionof PS113-1813%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 generationPercentageof MALE usersPercentageof FEMALE usersPlayStation 4& PlayStation 559%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 4average monthlyplaytimePlayStation 5average monthlyplaytimeNovember27 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 ofplaystation.comvisitorsUSA21.1%Japan8.24%Germany5.09%UK4.72%China4.37%Others56.47%(Similarweb) Most popular PlayStation games 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 downloadedfor PlayStation 5Most downloadedfor PlayStation 4November 2022God of WarRagnarokCall of Duty: Modern Warfare IIOctober 2022Call of Duty: Modern Warfare IICall of Duty: Modern Warfare II& FIFA 23September 2022NBA 2K23& FIFA 23NBA 2K23& FIFA 23August 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. Looking at software sales separately for each console: PlayStation generationNumber ofsoftware salesPlayStation 1962 millionPlayStation 21.537 billionPlayStation 3999 millionPlayStation 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 million2021303.2 million43.9 million2020338.8 million58.4 million2019268.6 million43.3 million2018257.6 millionn/a2017246.9n/a(Sony 2) Read more: Xbox game pass subscribers How much professional gamers earn? 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 Peter SusicFrom a childhood fascination with sound, Peter’s passion has evolved into a relentless pursuit of the finest headphones. He’s an audio expert with over 5 years of experience in testing both audiophile and consumer-grade headphones. Quote: “After many years, I can confidently tell which headphones are good and which are terrible.” Find his honest opinion in his reviews.