It took eight years, but Sony is once again king of the consoles.
The company sold 18.7 million consoles worldwide in its last fiscal year, a number that includes sales from the PS4, PS3, PS2, PSP and PS Vita. For the first time in eight years, Sony trumped Nintendo, which sold 16.3 million consoles.
Successful sales of the Playstation 4, which debuted last November, have helped Sony surge to the top of the console pedestal. Sony sold more than 7 million PS4’s in the past six months and has held a lead in U.S. sales over Microsoft’s Xbox One for the past four months.
Nintendo, meanwhile, continues to struggle to keep up in the console space with Sony and Microsoft. Much of that has to do with Nintendo’s newest console, the Wii U, which has not enjoyed the same level of success as the PS4 or Xbox One.
The chart above, via Statista, shows how the console market has declined steadily over the past few years. However, Microsoft (in blue) actually showed an increase in console sales from 2013, from 10 million to 11.5 million.