The PlayStation 4 is starting to catch up to the original PlayStation in terms of sales numbers, according to a recent financial report.
Sony recently published its Q3 FY2018 financial results, revealing that PlayStation 4 shipped 8.1 million units that period, bringing its lifetime total to 94.2 million. While the 8.1 million shipped is around 900,000 less than the same quarter last year, a rise software sales—no doubt thanks to Marvel’s Spider-Man—made it an overall better quarter than Q3 2017.
Sony Interactive Entertainment still expects to ship 17.5 million PlayStation 4 consoles by the end of this fiscal year on March 2019.
One of the reports most impressive figures is the adoption rate for PlayStation Plus subscribers. As of December 31st, the service has over 36 million subscribers, which is about a third of PlayStation 4 owners. Additionally, in Q3 FY2018 alone, more than 87 million PlayStation 4 games were sold, with over a third of those sales coming from digital downloads.
As the current generation winds down, it’ll be interesting to see how quickly the PlayStation 4 can top the original PlayStation, which ended its run with over 102 million units sold. The PlayStation 2, which is the best-selling console of all time, topped out at 155 million units, narrowly beating the Nintendo DS for the crown.
Meanwhile, reports have indicated that Sony is already working on its next console, with most first-party development efforts focused on the PlayStation 5 (or whatever Sony ends up calling it).