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A list of home video game consoles and their sales data.

GenerationsEdit

Sales breakdowns by generations:

Hardware salesEdit

Home consolesEdit

Manufacturer Platform Released Hardware sales
(million units)
Ref
Sony PlayStation 2 2000 155 [1]
Sony PlayStation 1994 102.49 [2]
Nintendo Wii 2006 101.63 [3]
Sony PlayStation 3 2006 83.8 [4]
Microsoft Xbox 360 2005 83.7 [5]
Sony PlayStation 4 2013 81.2 [6]
Nintendo Nintendo Entertainment System 1983 61.91 [3]
Sega Mega Drive / Genesis (including add-ons) 1988 49.6 [7]
Nintendo Super Nintendo Entertainment System 1990 49.1 [3]
Sega Mega Drive / Genesis 1988 43 [7]
Nintendo Nintendo 64 1996 32.93 [3]
Microsoft Xbox One 2013 31.2 [8]
Atari Atari 2600 1977 25 [9]
Microsoft Xbox 2001 24 [10]
Sega SG-1000 series 1983 22.19 [11]
Nintendo Nintendo GameCube 2001 21.74 [3]
Sega Master System 1985 20.19 [11]
NintendoNintendo Switch201722.86 [12]
Sega Saturn 1994 17 [13]
NEC PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16 (including add-ons) 1987 14.92 [7]
Nintendo Wii U 2012 13.56 [3]
Sega Dreamcast 1998 10.6 [14][15]
NEC PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16 1987 10.5 [7]
Sega Sega CD / Mega-CD 1991 6 [7]
Coleco ColecoVision 19826 [16]
Nintendo Super NES Classic Edition 2017 5.28 [17]
Nintendo NES Classic Edition 2016 3.6
Sega Sega Pico 1993 3.4 [18]
Nintendo Color TV-Game 1977 3 [19]
Mattel Intellivision 1979 3 [20]
Sega SG-1000 1983 2 [21]
Panasonic 3DO Interactive Multiplayer 1993 2 [22]
NEC PC Engine CD-ROM² / TurboGrafx-CD 1987 1.92 [23]
Coleco Telstar 19761 [24]
SNK Neo Geo 1990 1 [25]
Atari Atari 5200 1982 1 [26]
Atari Atari 7800 1986 1 [27]
NEC PC-FX 1994 0.29 [25]
Atari XEGS 1994 0.13 [11]

Handheld consolesEdit

Main article: List of best-selling handheld consoles
Manufacturer Platform Released Sales
Nintendo Nintendo DS 2004 154.02 million
Nintendo Game Boy and Game Boy Color1989 and
1998
118.69 million
Sony PlayStation Portable 2004 82 million
Nintendo Game Boy Advance 2001 81.51 million
Nintendo Nintendo 3DS 2011 72.53 million[28]
Nintendo Game & Watch 1980 43.4 million[29]
Sony PlayStation Vita 2012 13 million
Sega Game Gear 1990 11 million[30]
Nokia N-Gage 2003 3 million
Coleco Mini-Arcade 1982 3 million[31]
SNK Playmore Neo-Geo Pocket 1998 2 million
NEC TurboExpress 1990 1.5 million
Sega Nomad 1995 1 million

CompaniesEdit

Console sales by company
Company Home
console sales
Handheld
console sales
Total sales
Nintendo 312.65 million 470.51 million 783.16 million
Sony 414.89 million 95 million 509.89 million
Microsoft 138.9 million 138.9 million
Sega 104.675 million >14.4 million >119.075 million
Atari 27.13 million 1 million 28.13 million
NEC 15.21 million 1.5 million 16.71 million
Coleco 7 million 3 million 10 million
Bandai 3.5 million 3.5 million
Magnavox/Philips 3 million 3 million
Mattel 3 million 3 million
Nokia 3 million 3 million

Software salesEdit

Software sales is usually a stronger indicator of a console's success than hardware sales. Since most consoles usually sell the hardware at a loss and the software at a profit, it is mostly software sales that drives a console's profits, while the purpose of hardware sales is to establish an install base to sell software to. A console's success thus depends more on the software sales than the hardware sales.

ConsolesEdit

The following table lists the number of software units sold, and the software attach rate (software units sold per console), for each console.

The consoles with the highest number of software units sold are Sony's PlayStation 2 and PlayStation, each with software sales exceeding 900 million units. The consoles with the highest software attach ratios are Sega's Master System and Mega Drive/Genesis, each with at least 16:1 attach ratio.

Manufacturer Platform Released Software sales
(million units)
Attach ratio
(per console)
Source
Sony PlayStation 2 2000 1,520 9.81 [32]
Sony PlayStation 1994 962 9.43 [33]
Nintendo Nintendo DS 2006 948.61 6.16 [12]
Nintendo Wii 2006 919.81 9.05 [12]
Sony PlayStation 3 2006 748.9 8.92 [34]
Sony PlayStation 4 2013 645 8.76 [35]
Microsoft Xbox 360 2005 630 7.5 [36]
Sega Sega Mega Drive / Genesis 1988 576.16 16 [7][37]
Nintendo Game Boy 1989 501.11 4.22 [12]
Nintendo Nintendo Entertainment System 1983 500.01 8.08 [12]
Sega Sega Master System 1985 422.47 20.9 [38]
Nintendo Super Nintendo Entertainment System 1990 379.06 7.72 [12]
Nintendo Game Boy Advance 2001 377.42 4.63 [12]
Nintendo Nintendo 3DS 2011 364.89 5.03 [12]
Sony PlayStation Portable 2013 318 3.88 [39]
Nintendo Nintendo 64 1996 224.97 6.83 [12]
Nintendo GameCube 2001 208.57 9.59 [12]
Microsoft Xbox One 2013 204.36 6.55 [8]
Microsoft Xbox 2001 165.12 6.88 [40]
Sega Sega Saturn 1994 150 9.09 [41]
Sony PlayStation Vita 2011 130 10 [42]
Atari Atari 2600 1977 120 4.8 [43]
Nintendo Super NES Classic Edition 2017 110.88 21 [44]
Nintendo Wii U 2012 102.01 7.52 [12]
Sega Dreamcast 1998 85 8 [45]
Nintendo NES Classic Edition 2016 69 30 [46]
Nintendo Nintendo Switch 2017 68.97 3.88 [12]
Nintendo Game & Watch 1980 43.4 1 [47]
Nintendo Color TV-Game 1977 22.5 7.5 [48][19]
Coleco ColecoVision 1982 9.5 4.75 [49]
Mattel Intellivision 1979 9 3 [50]
Atari Atari 7800 1986 3.77 3.77 [51]
Atari Atari 5200 1982 1.04 1.04 [51]
Coleco Telstar 1976 1 1 [24]

CompaniesEdit

Console software sales by company
Company Home console
software sales
Handheld
software sales
Total
software sales
Home console
attach rate
Handheld
attach rate
Nintendo 2,605.51 million 2,235.43 million 4,840.94 million 8.44 4.89
Sony 3,875.9 million 448 million 4,323.9 million 9.34 4.72
Sega 1,233.63 million >14.4 million >1,248.03 million 12.18
Microsoft 999.48 million 999.48 million 7.2
Atari 125.64 million >1 million >126.64 million 4.63


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    • Other – 56.7 million hardware units at 7.0 attach rate [4][5] = 396.9 million software units
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    • Color TV-Game 6 – 1 million consoles, with 6 games each = 6 million games
    • Color TV-Game 15 – 1 million consoles, with 15 games each = 15 million games
    • Color TV-Game Racing 112 – 500,000 consoles, with at least 1 game each = at least 500,000 games
    • Color TV-Game Block Breaker – 500,000 consoles, with at least 2 games each = at least 1 million games
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