The Best-Selling Video Game Consoles of All Time

The video game industry is massively successful; in 2020, the U.S. video game industry grew by 27% to nearly $57 billion in revenue, which surpasses movies and music combined! Video game enthusiasts have a fantastic array of gaming platforms to choose from, and each video game console offers unique and exclusive experiences that have earned hardcore fans throughout the years. So what video game console is most successful? The team at VR Space took a break from gaming to crunch the numbers and pay tribute to the best-selling video game consoles of all time:

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How Many of the PlayStation 2 Were Sold?

The PS2 is the best-selling video game console of all time, with 155 million units sold since it launched in 2000. There are many factors surrounding why the PS2 was so successful. Sony marketed the PS2 as the console of the future; it had better hardware specifications than its competitors and a built-in DVD player that made it appealing for families. It also offered backward compatibility, drawing in PS1 fans. Spectacular exclusives such as Final Fantasy X, God of War, Shadow of the Colossus, and Kingdom Hearts also captivated potential buyers. There are nearly 4,000 PS2 game titles, with more than 1.5 billion copies sold. What is the most-sold PS2 game? The best-selling PS2 game of all time is Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, with 17.33 million copies sold since its release on Oct. 26, 2004.

How Many PS Consoles Have Been Sold?

Since 1994, 102.49 million of the original PlayStation have been sold.

How Many of the PS3 Have Been Sold?

Since 2006, 84 million PS3s have been sold.

How Many of the PS4 Have Been Sold?

Since 2013, 116.9 million PS4s have been sold.

How Many of the PS5 Have Been Sold?

Since 2020, 17.3 million PS5s have been sold.

Overall, PlayStation has been more successful than Xbox in terms of sales. Xbox sales have reached 24 million units since 2001, Xbox 360 sales have reached 84 million units since 2005, and Xbox One sales have reached 51 million units since 2013. Now, on to the latest incarnation of the Microsoft console: How many Xbox Series X have sold? The answer is that 12 million units have sold since its release in 2020, so overall, it is still being outperformed by the PlayStation lineup.

How Many of the Nintendo DS Were Sold?

The Nintendo DS is the second-best-selling console in history, gaining many passionate fans since its release in 2004. How many Nintendo DS consoles have been sold? The success of the Nintendo DS nearly parallels that of the PlayStation 2, with 154.02 million units sold.

How Many of the Nintendo Switch Have Been Sold?

The Nintendo Switch is the fifth-best-selling video game console in history, with 103.54 million units sold since 2017.

How Many of the Wii Have Been Sold?

The Wii comes in seventh place in video game console sales; 101.63 million Wii units have been sold since 2006. It’s also the platform that’s had the most successful Nintendo game. What is the best-selling Nintendo game of all time? According to Nintendo’s official records, it’s Wii Sports, with 82.9 million units sold.

How Many of the Game Boy Advance Have Been Sold?

The Game Boy Advance has earned the tenth-most-successful video game console slot, with 81.51 million units sold.

Total Video Game Consoles Sold

Rank

Console

Type

Manufacturer

Release Date

Units Sold

1

PlayStation 2

Home

Sony

2000

155 million

2

Nintendo DS

Handheld

Nintendo

2004

154.02 million

3

Game Boy/Game Boy Color

Handheld

Nintendo

1989/1998

118.69 million

4

PlayStation 4

Home

Sony

2013

116.9 million

5

Nintendo Switch

Hybrid

Nintendo

2017

103.54 million

6

PlayStation

Home

Sony

1994

102.49 million

7

Wii

Home

Nintendo

2006

101.63 million

8

PlayStation 3

Home

Sony

2006

87.4 million

9

Xbox 360

Home

Microsoft

2005

84 million

10

Game Boy Advance

Handheld

Nintendo

2001

81.51 million

11

PlayStation Portable

Handheld

Sony

2004

80-82 million

12

Nintendo 3DS

Handheld

Nintendo

2011

75.94 million

13

NES/Famicom

Home

Nintendo

1983

61.91 million

14

Xbox One

Home

Microsoft

2013

51 million

15

SNES/Super Famicom

Home

Nintendo

1990

49.1 million

16

Game & Watch

Handheld

Nintendo

1980

43.4 million

17

Nintendo 64

Home

Nintendo

1996

32.93 million

18

Sega Genesis/Mega Drive

Home

Sega

1988

30.75 million

19

Atari 2600

Home

Atari

1977

30 million

20

Xbox

Home

Microsoft

2001

24 million

21

GameCube

Home

Nintendo

2001

21.74 million

22

PlayStation 5

Home

Sony

2020

17.3 million

23

Wii U

Home

Nintendo

2012

13.56 million

24

Xbox Series X/S

Home

Microsoft

2020

12 million

25

Sega Game Gear

Handheld

Sega

1990

10.62 million

26

PlayStation Vita

Handheld

Sony

2011

10-15 million

27

Sega Master System

Home

Sega

1986

10-13 million

28

Oculus Quest 2

Home

Meta Platforms

2020

10 million

29

TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine

Home

NEC/Hudson Soft

1987

10 million

30

Sega Saturn

Home

Sega

1994

9.26 million

31

Dreamcast

Home

Sega

1998

9.13 million

32

Master System (Brazilian variant)

Home

Tectoy

1989

8 million

33

Dendy

Home

Micro Genius

1992

6 million

34

Super NES Classic Edition

Home

Nintendo

2017

5.28 million

35

PlayStation VR

Home

Sony

2016

5 million

36

Sega Pico

Home

Sega

1993

3.4 million

37

WonderSwan

Handheld

Bandai

1999

3.5 million

38

Color TV-Game

Home

Nintendo

1977

3 million

39

Intellivision

Home

Mattel

1980

3 million

40

Mega Drive (Brazilian variant)

Home

Tectoy

1990

3 million

41

N-Gage

Handheld

Nokia

2003

3 million

42

NES Classic Edition

Home

Nintendo

2016

2.3 million

43

ColecoVision

Home

Coleco

1982

2 million

44

Magnavox Odyssey

Home

Magnavox/Philips

1978

2 million

45

Atari Lynx

Handheld

Atari

1989

1 million

46

Philips CD-i

Home

Philips

1990

1 million

47

Telstar

Home

Coleco

1976

1 million

48

Atari 5200

Home

Atari

1982

1 million

49

Atari 7800

Home

Atari

1986

1 million

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