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With the PS5 and Xbox 2 looming, what are the best selling consoles of all time?

Published: 16/May/2019 13:34 Updated: 16/May/2019 15:05

by Paul Cot

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Announcements confirming Microsoft and Sony’s next generation consoles are expected shortly, possibly at E3 2019. The PS5 title is inevitable, but the name of the next Xbox is still unknown.

Naturally, the period before major console releases brings excitement and anticipation throughout the gaming industry. While some consoles fail to live up to the often huge hype, others surpass expectations.

In light of the upcoming PS5 and “Xbox 2” releases, let’s take a look at the best selling consoles of all time. A lot of those on the list are expected, but others may surprise you.

Best selling consoles of all time

Here are the top 10 selling consoles of all time. Interestingly the list is dominated by Sony and Nintendo, with Microsoft only featuring once.

Rank

Console Manufacturer Release Year Units Sold (millions)
1 Playstation 2 Sony 2000 157.68*
2 Nintendo DS Nintendo 2004 154.02**
3 Game Boy, Game Boy Color Nintendo 1989, 1998 118.69**
4 Playstation Sony 1994 104.25*
5 Nintendo Wii Nintendo 2006 101.63**
6 Playstation 4 Sony 2013 88.06*
7 Playstation 3 Sony 2006 86.9*
8 Xbox 360 Microsoft 2005 85.5**
9 Game Boy Advance Nintendo 2001 81.51**
10 Playstation Portable (PSP) Sony 2004 80.82*

*Source: Guinness World Records
**Source: Nintendo

Playstation 2

Many would have guessed that the Playstation 2 would be the best selling console of all time. It seemed every household in the early 2000s had one.

The consoles vast array of titles, coupled with its PS1 backwards compatibility, made it a juggernaut.

Astonishingly, the PS2 has out sold all of Microsoft’s console offerings combined.

Sony/MicrosoftThe PS2 is the best selling console of all time. Microsoft first console, the Xbox, failed to get anywhere near it…

Nintendo DS

The Nintendo DS marked Nintendo’s first handheld console that wasn’t called the Game Boy in some form. It followed on from the Game Boy Advance SP with its clam-shell design.

Improvements on the somewhat clunky original design of the DS were made in the form of the DSi and DSi XL.

Given the DS appears second on the list, it makes it the best selling handheld console ever.

NintendoTo the surprise of some, the Nintendo DS is the second best selling console of all time…

Game Boy and Game Boy Color

It’s perhaps a little questionable to compare these two mammoth consoles. However, as their games were compatible with one another, it is fair to do so.

By today’s standards, both of these consoles are ancient, but true portable gaming in the 1990s resulted in more than 100 million sales between them.

WikipediaThe Game Boy was the first mainstream handheld console…
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Playstation 1

The Playstation 1, or often referred to as the PS1, was Sony’s furore into gaming. It was the beginning of Sony arguably becoming the most important player in the console market.

It ushered in the fifth generation of consoles, following on from the iconic SNES and Sega Genesis systems.

Sony/Nintendo/SegaThe PS1 competed with the N64 and Sega Dreamcast, beating them both…

Playstation 4

Sony’s PS4 is the only console on the list that is currently available in retailers. It has sold nearly 97 million units and will likely break the 100 million mark before it is discontinued.

Prior to its release, the battle between the PS4 and Xbox One was billed to be one of the biggest ever. However, several years later, Sony have won the battle and done so convincingly.

Surprisingly, the Xbox One failed to sell anywhere near as well the Playstation 4 having sold only 39.1 million units. Microsoft’s only entry into the top 10 came with the Xbox 360 with 84 million sales. This still fell short of its main competition at the time, the PS3.

Sony/MicrosoftThe PS4 massively outsold the Xbox One…

How will the PS5 and Xbox 2 fair?

The gaming industry, as a whole, continues to grow. Based on this it’s reasonable to expect both of Sony and Microsoft’s new consoles to be successful.

Historically, Microsoft have failed to reach the heights of their bitter rivals Sony. Both are expected to have PC level power, capable of 4K gaming at a minimum. With that power will come a relatively hefty price tag though.

This could diminish sales somewhat in terms of units sold, while keeping revenues high. How the dynamic will play out between the two remains to be seen, but anyone with an interest in gaming will be watching on the edge of their seat.

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FaZe Clan reveal FaZe 5’s Top 100 finalists & next recruitment steps

Published: 23/Oct/2020 23:20

by Theo Salaun

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FaZe Clan’s FaZe 5 recruitment is nearing its finale, as 95 of the final top 100 candidates have officially been revealed. Next, the community will be able to select the five remaining content creators before FaZe announces the top 100’s challenge on Monday, October 26.

Back in August, FaZe Clan set the gaming world ablaze with a #FaZe5 challenge that gives everyone a chance to sign up and compete to become one of five new recruits to the organization in 2020. 

After months of deliberations and countless submissions, FaZe have tried to trim the finalists down to a top 100 before moving on to the next round of the challenge. But, as it turns out, the deciders are struggling to finish off their list and want to enlist the public for some help.

In a brand-new, highly anticipated hype video, FaZe announced 95 finalists with submission videos and highlights overlaid on some heavy, uptempo electronic music. Then, FaZe CBass explains what’s next.

Unsurprisingly, the majority of the content creators who made the final cut seem to be avid gamers focused on Call of Duty, Fortnite, Valorant, and Apex Legends. But there is some diversity, as fans might notice some highlights of Fall Guys, but then also visual art, music, and even clothing design.

Some of Call of Duty: Warzone’s more successful streamers and competitors also made the cut, as Nio, SuperEvan, and WarsZ all made the top 95. It’s not all high-level FPS streamers though, as the FaZe boys appear to have cast a wide net for the newest batch of recruits.

Among the more interesting content creators who are reaching the next round, the six-year-old Rowdy Rogan and MontoyaTwinz (Mya and Myka Montoya) are easy standouts. (It remains unclear if the Montoyas would take up one or two spots if they get into the final five.)

After flying through 95 impressive candidates, CBass cuts in to let people know that the list is too hard to cap off. 

“Everything we’ve looked through, we’ve been impressed by. We’ve sat through and watched absolutely everything we can and the honest truth is that there are way more than 100 people who are deserving of moving on to the next round of this challenge.”

Since the boys in red, black, and white can’t choose the final five, they’re allowing the community to do so. If fans have a creator who didn’t make the top 100, but deserves to, then they just need to hashtag “FaZe5” on Twitter and tag said creator. Then, on Monday, October 26, the official top 100 and next steps will be announced.