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As for PlayStation VR, the virtual reality headset has sold more than two million units. "But we can't ignore the Nintendo Switch, which has also captured consumers' attention", Sony Senior General Manager of Corporate Planning & Control Department Kazuhiko Takeda told Japan's Nikkei today. More than 12.2m PSVR games have been sold.
The PlayStation 3 sold about 80 million in its lifetime, while the PlayStation 2 sold about 155 million over the course of 13 years. Nintendo is believed to have sold eight million units worldwide as of early November to Sony's 70 million. The nine-month timespan is actually quite precise since the latest Media Create release is related to the week ending on December 3rd, with a total bounty for Nintendo's new console of 2.522.298 units.
It will be interesting to see if the Switch continues to be a popular console for Nintendo, the device is expected to be one of the most popular consoles this holiday season.
"We are delighted that so many people are enjoying the unique entertainment proposition of PlayStation 4 and that an emerging technology like PlayStation VR continues to gain traction", said Andrew House, Chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment. These are incredible numbers, as Sony now leads the console generation in hardware and software sales. The impressive number of PS4 sales winds up being 70.6 million, and has resulted in over 617.8 million software sales (both physically and digitally).
The Switch is a portable console that also plugs into the TV. Even if it eventually does, it's not inconceivable that Sony will have already turned its attention to the inevitable PlayStation 5 at that point.