Could PlayStation 5 be the best-selling console of all-time?
I think it’s safe to say that Sony and its PlayStation line of consoles are incredibly successful. Out of the top five best-selling consoles of all-time, they account for three. That’s right. All but the PlayStation 3 are in the top five, and the PlayStation 2 is the big daddy at No. 1, beating out the entire Nintendo DS family by a slim margin. That console managed to sell 155 million since its release in 2000.
To be honest, the PlayStation 5 doesn’t seem like it could get remotely close to the PlayStation 2. Even with the PlayStation 4 dominating, it’s still over 40 million units shy of the No. 1 spot. So, what chance does the PlayStation 5 have of even remotely approaching that? Well, apparently a really good chance, if you’re to take the word of the Japanese magazine Rakuten. Bloomberg reporter Takashi Mochizuki luckily was on-hand to translate the basics.
“Eye-catching report from Japanese analyst (fixed):
-PS5’s lifetime unit sales may exceed 200mln
-PS5 price on par with XsX surprise; thought PS5 be $50-$100 higher due to backward compatibility with PS4 and big PS5 titles”
Eye-catching report from Japanese analyst (fixed):
-PS5's lifetime unit sales may exceed 200mln
-PS5 price on par with XsX surprise; thought PS5 be $50-$100 higher due to backward compatibility with PS4 and big PS5 titles
this is free but in Japanese.https://t.co/DPEFpBqeTS
— Takashi Mochizuki (@6d6f636869) September 18, 2020
So, let’s break it down. Not only does the magazine think the PlayStation 5 will be the No. 1 console, but by a long shot. At roughly 200 million units sold, it would beat PlayStation 2 by 45 million — a hefty sum. They seem to be chalking this up to a few details. First is that the price is on par with the Xbox Series X. For some reason, that’s a huge surprise for them, though I don’t know why. It’s not as though the technology is substantially better. That being said, I do think the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition coming in at $399 is a big surprise, as it is nearly identical to the Standard Edition.
It’s quite the ambitious prediction, but I guess it makes sense. PlayStation 5 looks to be a juggernaut of exclusives, which is in stark contrast for Xbox Series X. Plus, given the lukewarm performance of the Xbox One, it does seem like Sony has the positive momentum, and the company doesn’t seem ready to squander the whole thing as they did with the PlayStation 3. The price point alone is indicative of this, as it is very competitive.
What do you think of PlayStation 5 being the best-selling console of the next generation? Sound off down below!
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