10 Best Selling Consoles of All Time

There are several reasons that play a major role in the success of a video game console in general. Factors such as platform, genre, specifications, price, quality of the games, use of the latest technology, and feedback from the game players are involved in making a game console bestselling or worst-selling.

According to wepec.com, the video gaming industry is estimated to be worth 268 billion dollars by 2025. It means the gaming industry is booming and the consoles that can satisfy the users by taking care of the above-mentioned factors will rock in the near future.

Here is The List of 10 Best Selling Consoles of All Time

Here, in this article, we will talk about the 10 bestselling consoles of all time. After a thorough research on each console with their sales impact in the gaming market, we have prepared the list. We hope that you will like this article and it will surely add some value to your knowledge database. So, let’s get started.  

#1 – PlayStation 2 (PS2)

1 – PlayStation 2 PS2

The PlayStation 2 was released by Sony in March 2000. Featured with a robust CPU known as Emotion Engine and its Graphics Synthesizer with over 155 million units sold worldwide, this game console occupies the top position on our list of 10 bestselling consoles of all time.

The presence of a broad gaming library and DVD playback capability in PS2 helped it to gain immense popularity and created a high impact in the market.

Some popular titles of PS 2 such as  ‘Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’, ‘God of War, ‘FIFA 14’ etc. won the hearts of the game players.

#2 – Nintendo DS

2 – Nintendo DS

The Nintendo DS was launched by the famous Japanese company Nintendo in November 2004. The dual-screen design and the touch-based gameplay functionality of this game console instantly grabbed the attention of the players soon after its launch.

Featured with a powerful CPU known as ARM9 and its ARM7 Graphics along with its capability of delivering a smooth gameplay experience to its users, this console sold over 154 million units all over the world.

Some amazingly exclusive titles of Nintendo DS that created a commotion in the gaming market are ‘New Super Mario Bros.’, ‘Pokémon Diamond/ Pearl’, ‘The Legend of Zelda’, ‘Mario Kart DS, etc.

#3 – Nintendo Switch

3 – Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch was another successful launch by Nintendo in 2017. The two major reasons behind the massive popularity of this console are its unique hybrid design and console gaming modes.

Featured with a powerful Custom NVIDIA Tegra CPU and NVIDIA GeForce Graphics, this game console sold over 125 million units. This is the first game console that can be played both as docked and handled.

Some exclusive titles such as ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ and ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ are among the stimulus games introduced by this console.

#4 – Game Boy & Game Boy Color

4 – Game Boy Game Boy Color

Though these two game consoles are mostly similar by name, The Game Boy Color is considered to be a separate console from its predecessor, the Game Boy. Both these two consoles were released by Nintendo in 1989 and 1998 respectively.

You will be surprised to know that these two game consoles are the first to achieve mainstream success. Featured with a Custom 8-bit CPU, Custom 8-bit Graphics, and an extensive gaming library, these two consoles made a huge impact in the market by selling over 118 million units worldwide.

Some popular titles by these two game consoles are ‘Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow and ‘Super Mario Land, ‘The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX’, etc.

#5 – PlayStation 4 (PS4)

5 – PlayStation 4 PS4

Released in November 2013, featuring powerful hardware and a diversified game catalog, the Play Station (PS 4) by Sony has sold over 116 million units worldwide since its launch.

This game console offers AMD ‘Jaguar’x86-64 as CPU and AMD Radeon Graphics. It has a storage capacity of 500 GB which is expandable up to 1 TB.

Some of the exclusive titles of this game console are ‘The Last of Us Part II’,  ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’, ‘God of War’, ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ etc.

#6 – PlayStation (PS1)

6 – PlayStation PS1

The PlayStation (PS 1) is one of the fifth-generation game consoles that was developed and released by Sony in December 2013. The usage of CDs as the primary storage was introduced by this console.

Featured with a powerful CPU and vibrant Graphics along with analog joysticks, this console emerged to be one of the most successful consoles with sales of over 102 million units all over the world.

Some of the notable games of this console are ‘Final Fantasy VII’, ‘Metal Gear Solid’, ‘Grand Theft Auto’, ‘Resident Evil’ etc.

#7 – Nintendo Wii

7 – Nintendo Wii

The Nintendo Wii came on the scene in November 2006, backed by the famous gaming company Nintendo. This game console avoided competing with Sony and Microsoft in terms of graphics and power, rather it targeted the majority of the players through its inclusion of novel gameplay modes.

Featured with IBM PowerPC ‘Broadway’ as CPU, ATI Hollywood Graphics, and motion sensing controller, this console sold over 101 million units around the globe.

It includes a large library of games that are both fascinating and exciting. Some exclusive titles of this console are ‘Wii Sports’, ‘Wii Sports Resort’, ‘Mario Kart Wii’, ‘Super Mario Galaxy’, etc.

#8 – PlayStation 3 (PS3)

8 – PlayStation 3 PS3

Developed and marketed by Sony, the PlayStation 3 was launched in the market in 2006. Being the first console to use Blu-ray support technology and the presence of the PlayStation network allowing its users to connect with each other, it gained a huge appreciation from the players.

Featured with Cell Broadband Engine as CPU and RSX Graphics, this console sold over 87 million units all over the world.

It has a large gaming library that supports both first-party and third-party games. Some of the popular titles of this console are ‘Uncharted 2: Among Thieves’, ‘God of War III’, ‘The Last of Us’, ‘Grand Theft Auto V’, ‘Red Dead Redemption’, etc.

#9 – Microsoft Xbox 360

9 – Microsoft Xbox 360

Microsoft Xbox 360 is the second-best-selling gaming console of the seventh generation. It was released by Microsoft in November 2005. The specialty of this console is its usage of Kinect, a motion-sensing system that allows its users to control the game with their body movement.

Featured with Custom IBM PowerPC as CPU and  ATI Xenos Graphics along with smart online multiplayer capacity, it secured a respectable place in the gaming market and became successful in selling over 85 million units worldwide.

‘Halo 3’, ‘Gears of War’, ‘Forza Motorsport’, ‘Fable’, and ‘Call of Duty’ are some of the titles from this console that are notable to mention.

#10 – PlayStation Portable (PSP)

10 – PlayStation Portable PSP

With over 80 million units being sold all over the world, the PlayStation Portable is another game console by Sony that comes last in our list of 10 best-selling consoles of all time. This console was released in December 2004.

Featured with MIPS R4000 as CPU and GPU Graphics, this console is well known for its portable gaming functionality with amazing multimedia features. It earned the reputation as the best-selling handheld console of the 2000s.

The PSP is featured with a large library of games and some of the remarkable titles that emerged from this console are ‘Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories’, ‘Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker’, ‘God of War: Chains of Olympus’, ‘Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters’, ‘Wipeout Pure’, etc.

Wrap-Up On 10 Bestselling Consoles Of All Time 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s):-

Below are some frequently asked questions that are related to the current topic asked by people over the internet.

Q1. Which game console sold the highest number of units?

Ans. The PlayStation 2 has sold the highest number of units of all. It has successfully sold over 155 million units all over the world. Its rich gaming library, high-end specifications, backward compatibility, DVD playback capacity, and above all its affordability have made this console very popular with players.

Q2. Which is the bestselling handled console of all time?

Ans. When we talk about the handled console, automatically the picture of Nintendo DS comes to our mind. With over 154 million units being sold, this console is regarded as the best-selling handled console of all time. This is the first console to support Wi-Fi connectivity. This console was released in 2004 and discontinued in 2013.

Q3. What does ‘DS’ mean in Nintendo DS?

Ans. Here, ‘DS’ stands for dual screen. Yes, Nintendo DS has this unique feature of having two screens- the Top Screen and the Touch Screen which is also known as the Bottom Screen. The top screen is used as the main display of the gameplay whereas the bottom screen allows its user to engage and interact by using their fingers or with the help of a stylus.

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