PlayStation turns 15, sells 377 million PS-branded hardware units

Sony's game-changing platform celebrates a decade and a half on the North American market; 2 billion PS family games sold; $63 billion in sales.

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Some 15 years ago today, the original PlayStation went on sale in North America. Though it had Sony behind it--a brand revered in electronics circles--the console was no sure thing. It had, in fact, been created almost by accident, after a proposed deal between Sony and Nintendo fell apart famously in 1991.

PlayStation-branded hardware has now sold more than 377 million units to date.

At that year's Consumer Electronics Show, Sony announced it had struck a deal with the Mario Factory to provide the SNES with a CD-based game-media reader. The following day, though, Nintendo announced that it was opting to have Netherlands-based Phillips make the peripheral, forging one of the more bitter rivalries in game-industry history.

The PlayStation 3 has lagged behind Nintendo in the current generation of consoles, with Wii sales topping 74 million worldwide versus just 38.1 million PlayStation 3s sold. The original PlayStation had sold more than 102 million units as of mid-2005, and the PlayStation 2 had sold more than 145 million as of July 2010.

However, Sony was not shy about using the PlayStation brand's anniversary to throw around its platforms' impressive statistics. To date, PlayStation-branded hardware--including the original PlayStation, PS2, PSP, and PS3--has sold some 377 million hardware units and more than 2 billion software units worldwide. In the US, some $63 billion of PlayStation-branded products have been sold since 1995, making up 40 percent of all domestic game sales, according to Sony.

To commemorate the North American anniversary of the PlayStation--which first went on sale in Japan in December 1994--Sony is releasing a series of free PSP and PS3 themes, as well as weekly discounts on PSOne digital downloads from the PlayStation Network.

Discussion

513 comments
Flint247
Flint247

To be honest, I enjoyed PS1 more than I did PS2.

Evenios
Evenios

hey gamespot wake up. Super Mario Brothers turns 25 today how come you dont have an article on it? I call sony conspiracy!

gstealer
gstealer

Funny, did you ever notice that those Xbox fanboys once owned a PSX and loved the console like everyone here? Now they are dissing Sony like they hate it t death...such hypocrits :D Anyway...Too bad they don't sell PSX games no more, otherwise all that money saved in my little piggy would disappear... Hail Sony :P

SUPERSAMMOSSAUC
SUPERSAMMOSSAUC

I'm pretty happy with the PSP, focusing on Great Games like Metal Gear, God of War, Final Fantasy and maybe a Killzone Ist person shooter released after Killzone 3 would be a good to play, more AAA+ games needed for the PSP Platform.

SUPERSAMMOSSAUC
SUPERSAMMOSSAUC

I hope that sony will improve the internet browser on the psp and ps3 because that seem really outdated, you can't even sign in for the email on the psp or at least use an e-mail icon on the network on the xmb anyway Playstation rocks

sugrim
sugrim

Congrats sony the ps2 still has the best games ever made!

Henninger
Henninger

Wow the PSX is 15 years old now. I feel old.

Gezquester
Gezquester

I'm already waiting for the PS4, is that silly?

rarson
rarson

Hardware sales are a little less meaningful when your console breaks as often as Sony's products do. Thankfully, the PS3 seems to be a well-built product, but the PSX and PS2 were ridiculously bad (much like Sony's other consumer products).

CISX
CISX

THE METAL GEAR SAGA IN PSX RULES!!!!

chad28_69
chad28_69

does anyone now where to download the theme for psp they are talking about with out signing in in playstation store?

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

The four Playstations 1,2,3,&portable has sold 377 combined in 15 years. Well done Sony.

snes_vs_ps1
snes_vs_ps1

@suprsolider Bernie Stolar killed Sega:)

snes_vs_ps1
snes_vs_ps1

@seriousplayer_d Of course not, of course the answer is NO...End of the World 2012:)

SUPERSAMMOSSAUC
SUPERSAMMOSSAUC

playstation 3 has only been released for only about 4 years so I wouldn't expect the PS3 to reach a benchmark yet, maybe in another 4 years it will reach the 100 million sold mark, I think that a 399 AUD price mark would be good in our region

seriousplayer_d
seriousplayer_d

To Sony (clingcling), who changed the way of gaming and was responsible for my major addiction of gaming... :D

seriousplayer_d
seriousplayer_d

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H0rr0rG4m3r
H0rr0rG4m3r

I grew up with the Playstation, good times :D

coolkid93
coolkid93

Happy birthday to PlayStation!:) Keep it comin'! :D

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

Happy Birthday Playstation! I've got the PSone, PS2 and PS3, here's to many more years to come!

Auhsoj100
Auhsoj100

Here's to Sony! (clinks champagne glass)

MafiaBroad82
MafiaBroad82

Happy Birthday Playstation!! I still remember when I got my first playstation back in 96, the first two games I got to it was Tekken and Independence Day lol.

Fajonkel
Fajonkel

God, it's been so long. Good old memories as a kid, playing with my PSone and playing spyro....great memories. Think I'm going to bust it out right now. I've got a little bit away from playstation towards xbox, but a great system nonetheless.

Sonicplys
Sonicplys

Ah Sony. You started with two of the most amazing, beautiful, progressive and incredible consoles ever created (PS1/PS2). Then you dropped the ball with two of the worst pieces of garbage and crap consoles in gaming history (PSP/PS3). Please come back to the glory days with the PS4.

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

@EliteGamer09 007? As in Goldeneye?? I think you have the wrong system, my friend! :D

Kats_RK
Kats_RK

i want some of that money :o

blue-peregrine
blue-peregrine

Happy 15th, PlayStation! Thank you for introducing me to Crash and Spyro back in Christmas '98, Sony!

grungeman91
grungeman91

It's been a glorious 15 years full of memories for me and a big thanks to my uncle who let me borrow his PS and Gran Turismo back in 1997.

Petch1984
Petch1984

@Dualmask nice, I remember playing the Trap Runner demo. Also two more games, more well known but still awesome....Alien Resurrection - based very loosely on the film this was a single player FPS. I was so hard and yet very rewarding, it was slow paced and all about tension, shame it was so overlooked as it's one of my all time fav FPS despite playing it on a PSone pad with no analogue sticks. Syphon Filter 2 - I didn't really play/like most the other games in this series but this game was an action epic. So many varied well thought out missions. These and many others would have easily been AAA titles on other consoles but because the PSone had so many great games (and 100s of really average ones lol) they aren't remembered that well.

CMakaCreative
CMakaCreative

I wonder what's the life time sales of the rest of the consoles. Atari, Nintendo, Sega, Xbox and all the little companies who didn't make a splash.

Blaze_Hrimfaxi
Blaze_Hrimfaxi

BTW, Ive been a proud Playstation gamer since 1997 and ill always be a PS gamer!

Blaze_Hrimfaxi
Blaze_Hrimfaxi

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fadeltaker
fadeltaker

here is to more several great years

Dualmask
Dualmask

@Petch1984 A couple of wonderful PSOne hidden gems most probably don't know about are Destrega (an overhead, beam/projectile based fighter with a decent story mode) and Trap Gunner (an arena-type game where you set and disarm traps while trying to kill your opponent). Those were awesome games.

ElvesOnEcstacy
ElvesOnEcstacy

Im oddly reminded of the song Happy Birthday by The Birthday Massacre:P Happy birthday Playstation!

jshaas
jshaas

I started gaming on the Atari 7800, then got a NES, then a SNES, then a PSX. At that moment gaming, for me, changed. I still have my best gaming memories from when I played SNES, but Sony really changed the game. Happy Birthday Playstation! Here's to another great 15 years of gaming.

suprsolider
suprsolider

Sony did nothing to Sega. God I wish people would stop that. Sega killed Sega. It's that simple.

EliteGamer09
EliteGamer09

Twistes Metal, Rayman, 007, oh the memories. thanks for the good times, looking forward to many more.