When we talk about gaming products, we mean not only game consoles, but also a wide range of products, including large screen TVs, various peripherals and even chairs. So we must understand that this field includes many areas, therefore, hundreds of thousands of manufacturers and their offers. Among them, however, game consoles seem to be evolving faster. There are various factors that make this niche more attractive. But one thing is clear, as all the latest game consoles are currently in short supply. So they are what people are looking for more than others.

We decided to compare different game consoles released by different manufacturers. The purpose behind this comparison is to understand which models stand out and why. Of course, one of the main characteristics that can make each of them look more attractive when buying it is the life cycle. This is true for many other products. Also, once a new brand of game console appears on the shelves, the manufacturer usually stops producing its predecessor. But that doesn’t always work.

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Another indicator of whether this or that game console is popular or not is the shipment number. Depending on them, manufacturers implement different business strategies, implement different marketing campaigns, etc. Well, let’s see which game consoles are most in demand and why.

Note: For many numbers and other important data for our comparative article we referred They pressed. In turn, the media cooperated VGChartz for more accurate data. All information in the article is valid as of May 27, 2022.

Number 1: PlayStation 2

Not in vain PlayStation 2 tops our list of the best gaming consoles in the world. It has delivered over 157.68 million units worldwide. Although this product was released in 2000, the PlayStation 2 remained on the shelves until 2006. For the gaming console niche, this is a long life cycle.

There are many factors that make this game console truly exceptional. For example, at that time Sony was the new market leader. So he enjoyed the unwavering support of the developers. In addition, the hunger for DVD players was caused by the fact that people bought many consoles as multimedia devices.

PlayStation 2 top 10 of the best game consoles

Thanks to the new processor called “Emotion Engine”, the company can win the hearts of many developers as well as players. In fact, users can play not only old games, but also new titles such as God of War, Jak & Daxter, Ratchet & Clank and others.

We should also mention that this game console was challenged by the first Xbox (24.65 million shipped) and GameCube (21.74 million shipped). However, none of them could compete fiercely with the PlayStation 2. Well, in Japan alone, Switch numbers look better (23.18 million PS2 shipped compared to 24.84 million Switch sold). In this regard, we must say that the second PlayStation remains the most popular home console in Europe (55.28 million delivered) and in North and South America (53.65 million delivered).

Number 2: PlayStation 4

Don’t be surprised to see many Sony game consoles on our list. They really perform well and it is logical that they occupy many positions in the list. As for the second position, it is PlayStation 4. In the period 2013-2020, the company managed to sell over 117 million units.

However, we must be honest and say that the success of this game console is directly related to the reasons that failed the release of Xbox One. In addition, the return of customer confidence and alluring exclusivity during the PS3 series, led by The Last of Us, played a key role.

PlayStation 4 top 10 of the best game consoles

Another reason is the exceptional configuration of the PlayStation 4. In this sense, the latter emphasizes the ultimate technical processing, fine-tuned gameplay, fascinating world and captivating history.

According to the aforementioned VGchartz, the console maintains a significant lead over the Switch (48.74 million vs. 28.30 million), in the United States the Switch is already ahead of it (38.69 million PS4 vs. 39.49 million Switch), and in Japan the situation was clear (9.40 million PS4 to 24.84 million switches).

Number 3: Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo gaming console came on the market in 2017. Since then, the company has managed to sell over 107.65 million units. This is an impressive figure, given the fierce competition in the area.

It was not thought that the Nintendo Switch would succeed after the crash of the Wii U (13.56 million units sold). But what the Japanese company did was a real mini-revolution. The Nintendo Switch has replaced almost all of the company’s previous gaming consoles. In a sense, she brought all her clients together.

nintendo switch top 10 of the best game consoles

Although the Switch was not released to take first place, it created serious competition for other models.

By the way, at the end of last year, the president of the company Shintaro Furukawa mentioned that the Switch is in the middle of its life cycle. This means that customers can still buy this game console for several years. There will also be many interesting titles, such as the sequel to Zelda, Metroid Prime 4 and Bayonetta 3.

Number 4: PlayStation

The first generation PlayStation was launched in 1994 and remained on the market until 2000. During this period, our hero managed to sell over 102.4 million units.

Sony has entered the gaming market with a sensational product, namely PSX. It was a 32-bit console that allowed players to insert black CDs and play a number of amazing titles.

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It also supported games of up to 8 people. Of course, for this you had to buy the appropriate accessories. Also, this was the time when developers made 3D games. Therefore, developers could better play with players’ emotions. Why we’re talking about this is because it was a key part of Sony’s strategy for the future. And I must say that he intended to bet again and again.

Number 5: Wii

Although we call it a failed product, sales of this gaming console exceeded 101.63 million units in 2006-2012. But honestly, there were a lot of hidden things and we still can’t figure out how the Wii can compete with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and survive. You see, the Nintendo Wii was not an HD gaming device. Just a reminder that at the time, all of its competitors supported HD. However, the Japanese company decided to bet on originality and in a sense did not make a mistake.


Probably the main reason for its success was traffic control. It was incredibly innovative and managed to conquer everyone. In addition to the well-known classics, there were also interesting shoots such as Dead Space: Extraction or Resident Evil 4 port.

In terms of numbers, the Wii beat the PS3 in Japan (12.77 million units delivered) and the United States (45.51 million), while more than 33.88 million units were sold in Europe.

Other models

The top five are game consoles that have managed to deliver over 100 million units in their lifetime. Of course, other models on the market also performed well. But their statistics fall below the 100 million mark.

For example, the PlayStation 3, released in 2006 and sold by 2013, delivered 87.4 million units. It was not only much more expensive than the Xbox 360, but also included the famous CELL processor. But the producer understood everything quickly and tried to fix the situation with exclusive titles such as The Last of Us, Metal Gear Solid IV: Guns of the Patriots, God of War 3, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Killzone 2, etc.

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The Xbox 360 competed with the PlayStation 3. It was released in 2005 and remained on the market until 2013. During this time, the company sold over 88.54 million units. Although Microsoft’s gaming console performed well in select markets, it was not the product that many customers were waiting for. However, in the United States, Microsoft shipped 49.11 million units, while Sony “only” 29.92 million PS3 devices. In Japan, the Xbox 360 sold 1.6 million units.

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Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) ranked 8thyou. This is a very old game console, released in 1983 and remained on the market until the late 90’s. However, these 7 years were enough to sell 61.91 million units. Yes, this is the same Famicom (“Family Computer”). It delivered 19.35 million units in Japan, 33.49 million units in the United States and 8.30 million units in Europe.

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The Xbox is an important player

9you, Xbox One appeared on the market in 2013 and was available for purchase until 2020. Delivered a total of 50.57 million units. This game console has caused a lot of “bazaars”. The attempt to sell the console as a multimedia device for the whole family, including “non-players”, did not meet with understanding. He was not groundless. According to many people, Sony has decided to combine all the unreasonable ideas into one. For example, it required an online connection and a Kinect motion sensor.

Xbox One

The Xbox has traditionally had trouble gaining ground in the Japanese market, and the Xbox One is the biggest loser to date. Only 114,831 Xbox One consoles have been sold here. For comparison: PS4 has reached 9.4 million so far, and Switch has reached 24.84 million units. Meanwhile, the number of Xbox One units sold in the local market exceeded the current Xbox Series X / S by 142,024 units sold.

The latest model to enter the top 10 of the best-selling game consoles is the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) with 49.10 million units shipped. It was offered for purchase from 1990 to 1996.

SNES (called Super Famicom in Japan) is one of the most popular game consoles in history. Thanks to more advanced hardware, the 16-bit console allowed not only better audiovisual processing, but also a more complex game design. In addition, developers have often managed to circumvent hardware limitations in an interesting way, for example, Star 1993 Fox boasted polygonal graphics thanks to the skill of the creators and the Super FX chip located directly in the cartridge.

SNES sales were significantly affected by the arrival of the rival 16-bit Sega Mega Drive console (also known as Genesys).

SNES sold 17.17 million units in Japan, 22.88 million in the United States and 8.15 million in Europe.


Apparently, sales of game consoles have increased over time. But we can see models that were introduced in the 2000s. This means that if a company can design a really good gaming console, it can sell well. We have also seen that although the United States and Europe are two major markets for game console manufacturers, Japan is showing what is what. In this sense, the Sony PlayStation series seems to have almost no equal. But in the name of justiceMicrosoft is successfully fighting against Japanese companies.

Top 10 Best-selling Game Consoles Worldwide

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