PlayStation 4 shipments crash to lowest point in console's history

Shipments of Sony's PlayStation 4 have significantly crashed throughout the year, falling to their lowest point of all time.

Published Wed, May 11 2022 9:48 AM CDT   |   Updated Wed, Jun 1 2022 12:31 AM CDT

Sony has shipped fewer PlayStation 4 consoles in FY2021 than it has in any other period in history.

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After seven long years, the PlayStation 4's cycle is starting to wind down. Due in part to market saturation and to make room for the new PlayStation 5, Sony's last-gen console shipments are significantly petering down to the hundred-thousands mark.

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Throughout FY2021, Sony shipped a total of 1 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide. Last year, the same year the PS5 released, it shipped 5.8 million PS4s.

Between January and March 2022, PS4 shipments crashed to an all-time low of 100,000 units moved across the globe.

Total cumulative PlayStation 4 shipments (sell-in) sits at 117.2 million units, a respectable number that has ultimately hit its peak. FY21's performance barely budged the system as the #2 best-selling PlayStation hardware of all time. The PS2 still reigns supreme with 155 million units sold.

The PS4 will still be very instrumental to PlayStation's yearly revenues. The strong install base should be monetized over 2022 and well into 2023 as more developers focus on hybridized releases due to the PS5's lower availability.

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