PS5 Outsold Wii U’s Lifetime Numbers in a Year

Sony’s PlayStation 5 has already outsold Nintendo’s Wii U, despite only being available for just over a year.

Announced in the company’s most recent earnings releases, Sony revealed that over 17.3 million PS5s were sold as of December 31. 2021. The Wii U reached just 13.56 million sales in its lifetime.

The PS5 had a stellar year financially, outselling the PS4 in its first fiscal year, breaking the Nintendo Switch’s 33-month streak at the top of US hardware sales, and being the fastest-selling console in U.S. history in both unit and dollar sales.

Its sales have also been restricted by the ongoing chip shortage that will remain very tight until at least September. Both Sony and Microsoft have suffered from a lack of chips that are found in graphics cards, gaming consoles, and more.

The PS5 still has a ways to go before it enters the best-selling consoles of all time list, of course. The PS4 has sold 116.9 million units (which will continue to rise), the Game Boy and Game Boy Color sold 118.69 million, the Nintendo DS reached 154.02 million units and the PlayStation 2 remains in first place with 159 million units sold.

While the Wii U has been left behind, the current Nintendo Switch console will certainly put up more of a fight when it comes to sales records. The Switch has sold over 92 million units since it was launched in 2017, contributing to Nintendo’s most profitable year on record in 2021 with operating profit up 81% year-on-year.

Of course, many people will be interested in how Xbox Series X and S stack up in sales figures against PS5. Sadly, Microsoft doesn’t release official sales numbers for its consoles, making it a little difficult to judge where they’re at. However, we think the console race might be closer than you’d think.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale.

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