The rise of the PS4 has been rather incredible to witness. Sony was in a crippled state from the previous generation with its infamously difficult PS3 architecture and massive hacks that compromised security and shut down the service for quite a long time. However, they bounced back really hard in this generation by delivering a solid all-around console and providing some of the best exclusives in the history of gaming on a fairly consistent basis. The PS4s are still selling around the clock and it’s not looking like it will lose steam any time soon.
Sony recently released its financial report for the 2017 fiscal year which ended on the 31st of March 2018 and the numbers look really promising but also indicate a slight slow down of the console’s monolithic rise. During the fiscal year, the console managed to ship 19 million units, which is a million shy of last year’s figure. This brings the total number of consoles shipped to 79 million.
Sony apparently expects to ship another 16 million by 2019 which would put it head-to-head with the massively popular Wii and its own PS1. I don’t think that number will be hard to beat following exclusives such as God of War driving more interest for the console. I’ve had quite a few people ask me to look out for sales of the console because they wanted to buy that game. If Sony continues its train of excellent first-party titles that gain international recognition, the final years of the PS4 may just be golden.