PlayStation 4 reportedly becomes the fastest selling console to reach 100 million units shipped while Nintendo Switch sales try to keep pace

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • July 31, 2019 at 5:54 a.m. PDT

Sony's PlayStation 4 has been the biggest place to find and run fighting games this generation, and it's still on pace to go down as one of the best-selling consoles of all time according to their latest sales data.

As of June 30, 2019, the PS4 shipped an additional 3.2 million units bringing its lifetime worldwide sales above 100 million in total reportedly even faster than the previous consoles to reach that mark.

The PS4 reached this milestone in just five years and seven months beating out Sony's PS2 by two months having reached the feat at five years and nine months according to video game industry analyst Daniel Ahmad.

Nintendo has been no slouch with their newest hybrid console either, as the Switch managed to sell through 2.13 million units during the first fiscal quarter bringing its lifetime sales up to 36.87 million systems in just two years and three months which may further be bolstered by the launch of the Switch Lite in September. Super Mario Maker 2 also pushed more than 2 million copies in its first few days after release as well.

Eight of the nine mainstage titles at EVO 2019 this year will be played on the PS4 with Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Mortal Kombat 11, Under Night In-Birth, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Samurai Shodown and Soul Calibur 6 — leaving obviously just Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to be run on the Switch.

Sony and PlayStation are even official partners / sponsors for the biggest fighting game event of the year where they even appear to be planning their own announcement for EVO this time around.

Unless you've got a strong gaming PC, the PS4 has certainly been the way to go for fighting games this time around with console exclusives like SF5, Fighting EX Layer, Guilty Gear Xrd plus many more. It'll be interesting if Microsoft will be able to counter this momentum going into the next generation beginning in 2020.

You can take a look at a chart from Daniel Ahmad breaking down the rate of console shipments for the PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, Wii, Switch and Xbox 360 during their first 72 months on the market below.

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Sources: Sony, Nintendo.

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