Gaming has evolved to become more than just a hobby, it’s now a passion of deep interest and a real career path to take. What works and what doesn’t has been clearly defined, and gamers are now more spoiled than ever before. Consoles can connect with each other over wireless network connections, and that fact alone shows just how innovative gaming has become.
With that said, let’s look at the most popular game consoles on the market in the past decade by units sold.
Nintendo fans waited forever to see a new console release after the Nintendo 64, and the Nintendo Wii did not fail to impress. This console came with innovation in mind, seeing as the system brought Kinect-style gameplay to the frontier. The console sold 101.56 million units since it’s 2006 release, making it a huge seller. In fact, it’s the fifth most sold console of all time and the top selling console in the past 10 years.
The Xbox 360 came out in 2005, but many new models were released that offered greater gameplay and visuals. It sold 84 million copies and is still released in new console bundles. Most top-level games are also still released on the 360, as they are for the PS3. The Xbox 360 came as a big step up from the original Xbox, and proved that PC gaming quality could work on a console unit.
Since it’s 2011 release, the Nintendo 3DS has sold 53.07 million units. This is an astonishing number that shows the strength of Nintendo fans and indicates the next full console from Nintendo will be a huge seller. Hardcore fans saw the mobile design as no hindrance, and many users also went the route of hooking up their 3DS to their HDTV for better gameplay.
The PS4 was expected to lose out to the Xbox One upon release, but word-of-mouth has truly helped catapult Sony’s offering into the lead. Both released in 2013, but the Playstation 4 has sold 25.3 million units while the Xbox One only records in at over 10 million units sold. The PS4 saw a big improvement to the user interface screens, and a huge jump in graphic quality, which were two points where it previously lost out to Microsoft.
The lack of success from the Xbox one is notable, and even though the Xbox is a super popular console, it’s consumer popularity has lacked. Meanwhile, the Playstation 3 has already been replaced by it’s newer version and it still deserves a higher ranking than the Xbox One in terms of popularity. After releasing seven years prior to the Xbox One, over 83.8 million units of the console were sold. And, just like with the Xbox 360, you can still find the PS3 released with new bundles.
All said, the best console makers stood the test of time and have commanded reasonable market shares. It’s expected that these names will stay on top, and that the future will be full of new Xbox’s and Playstation’s to rule the pact. Of course, you cannot count out the possibility of a new innovation in gaming coming in the form of a fresh console from Nintendo or Steam.