PlayStation Certified as Best-Selling Console Brand Ever

By Heidi Nicholas,
It's a good time for PlayStation. We recently wrote about how today, December 3rd, marks PlayStation's 25th anniversary, and that President and CEO of Sony, Jim Ryan, promised a week of celebrations. Today also happens to mark the day that Guiness World Records certified PlayStation as the best selling home console ever.

Their award reads that "the best-selling videogame home console brand ever is PlayStation...with an estimated 450.19 million units sold". As Ryan wrote about on the PlayStation blog, it was twenty-five years ago on December 3rd, 1994, that the PlayStation debuted in Japan. Their certification by Guiness World Records makes sense when looking at the most recent PlayStation news. Just recently, we wrote about how the PlayStation 4 is the second best-selling home console of all time, according to Sony's earnings call for Q2. This report meant that with that quarter, they'd had 102.8 million in PS4 sales. The PS4 was only beaten for the title of best-selling home console by the PS2, which has sales of 155 million.

Guiness World Records' certification marks PlayStation's long and successful history, whilst the news about the PS4 marks the success of a console which is even now nearing the end of its life. But Sony are also looking ahead; to the release of the next-generation PS5 in Holiday 2020. Given the success of the PlayStation brand, this is a big deal, especially as its releasing at the same time as, and in direct competition with, Microsoft's next-gen console, currently code named Project Scarlett. Yet even with such a big event on PlayStation's horizon, Sony seem to be having a major reshuffling and restructuring. Shawn Layden, Chairman of Worldwide Studios, suddenly left PlayStation back in October. There'd been no word about this, either before or since, from Layden or from Sony. Herman Hulst of Guerilla Games has since taken on the role of the new head of Worldwide Studios, where he'll have the job of overseeing PlayStation's studios, and managing Sony's game development. Shuhei Yoshida left his role as president of Worldwide Studios to focus on smaller, independent studios, and reporting to Jim Ryan.

Meanwhile, there's big rumblings going on at Microsoft, where PlayStation's competitors are making a big focus on their Xbox Game Studios. It's building up to be a big year next year for PlayStation, and we'll keep you posted with all updates.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!