Last week players saw Sony (NYSE:SNE) launch its next-gen console, the PlayStation 4, across all of North America, with reportedly 1 million PS4 units sold on launch day.
With Europe and Latin America eagerly awaiting the launch of the PlayStation 4 on Nov. 29, Sony hopes to capitalize on the momentum built up from the PS4’s launch, which will surely bring Sony closer to the 5 million PS4 units it aims to sell by the end of fiscal year 2013, or March 31, 2014.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has also shown itself to be just as competitive with its newly launched Xbox One, with more than 1 million units sold since its launch on Friday.
If lifetime PlayStation console sales from each generation are a good indicator, Sony may be well on its way its 5 million units goal for the PS4.
Sony’s impressive track record for selling PlayStation consoles is undeniable, with the PlayStation 2 still holding the crown of most units sold throughout its lifetime at roughly 155 million units. In comparison, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 would need to combine their total lifetime sales of 80 million units apiece, in order to match and barely exceed the number of PS2 units sold.
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While those numbers look quite impressive, the history behind the PlayStation technology leading up to launch of the PS4 is even more so.
Westbase Technology, a UK-based wireless communications specialist firm, created an extensive timeline infographic that traces the history of Sony’s entire PlayStation platform – from the 1993 launch of the first-generation PlayStation, to Sony’s newest console, the PlayStation 4.
Take a look at the infographic below, courtesy of Westbase Technology:
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