Console Gaming Statistics 2021

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While the console gaming market continues to grow, it seems that current-gen consoles just can’t seem to knock older models and games from the top spots. At the time of writing, the PlayStation 2 is still the best-selling console of all time with 157.68 million units sold, and the best-selling console game is still Wii Sports with 82.65 million units.
In total, the global console gaming market was estimated to be worth $45.2 billion in 2020, showing an impressive year-on-year growth of 6.8%.

Sources: VGChartz, NewZoo

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PS4 Sold

Over 0 Million
Units

Sony’s PS4 has sold over 112 Million units, and reached that number faster than more popular consoles like the PS2 and Nintendo Wii

SIE, 2020

PlayStation 2 sold

0 Units
making it the most popular video game console around the world

PlayStation 2 sold 157.68 million units before it was discontinued, making it the most popular video game console around the world.

VGChartz, 2017

Wii Sports has sold

0 Million units
globally

Wii Sports sold 82.65 million units globally, making it the all-time best-selling console game as of March 2018

VGChartz, 2018

The global console gaming market was estimated to be worth

$ 0 Billion
in 2020

The value of the global console gaming market was estimated to be worth 45.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2020, which is a YOY growth of 6.8%

NewZoo, 2020

Overview

The three players in the console market, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, continue to bring out impressive consoles and games each and every year, and the healthy competition between them helps to foster some great results. This current-gen has seen Sony’s PS4 take the lead with 46.7% of the market share, followed by the Nintendo Switch at 36.9%, and then Microsoft’s Xbox One at 16.4%.
Sources: VGChartz

2020 Update

Current gen market share by platform

VGChartz, 2018
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DFC Intelligence, 2020
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Nielsen, 2020
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DFC Intelligence, 2020
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ResearchAndMarkets.com, 2020
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Nielsen, 2020
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ResearchAndMarkets.com, 2020

PlayStation

When it comes to console gaming, Sony and PlayStation have been dominating the market for some time now. The PlayStation 2 continues to be the best-selling console of all time with over 157 million units having been sold before it was discontinued. While the PlayStation 4 managed to sell consoles quicker than the PS2, it’s still behind in total sales, clocking in at 102 million units.
Sources: Business Insider, VGCHartz

2020 Update

PS4 top games by total player count

GamStat, 2020
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Spark Chronicles, 2019
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gamesindustry.biz, 2020
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VGS, 2017
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Nintendo

2020 has been a great year for Nintendo with some it’s most popular games releasing for their current-gen console, the Nintendo Switch. Since launching, the Switch has been an incredible success for Nintendo, outselling the previous Wii U in just 10 months, with 2.4 million consoles sold in the first month alone. Their total sales have now reached 60 million units for the Nintendo Switch.
Sources: VGChartz, VentureBeat, VGS

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VGS, 2020
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Xbox

A direct competitor to the Sony PlayStation, Microsoft’s Xbox hasn’t seen quite the same levels of success as their opponent. The Xbox One has sold 41 million consoles since launch which, while impressive, still falls behind the PS4’s 102 million. They do have a thriving online community though, with 10 million Xbox Game Pass subscribers and 65 million monthly active users on Xbox Live.
Sources: VGChartz, IGN

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IGN, 2020
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pocketgamer, 2019
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VGChartz, 2020
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pocketgamer, 2019
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