A new report shows Sony has sold over 80 million PlayStation 4 units in the console's lifetime. The juggernaut that is PlayStation 4 doesn't show any signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Sony knows it, too. It gave a strong showing at this year's E3 conference, doing nothing more than showcasing some of its exclusive games, including the highly anticipated Death Stranding by Hideo Kojima. It did some out-of-the-box thinking in how it showcased The Last Of Us 2, leading reporters into a tent decorated to look like a setting within the game, then moved the journalists to a more central location to wow them with footage from Ghost of Tsushima, the Resident Evil 2 remake and Spider-Man.
According to a report by VGChartz, Sony continues to wow players. Since the PlayStation 4's release in 2013, Sony has sold 80 million consoles worldwide. In June, Sony sold 231,545 units. Total games sold is 537,263,232 as of May. The console is definitely not struggling to keep players interested in it and continues to move huge numbers of units three years after its initial launch.
Perhaps this explains the controversy behind Sony's recent refusal to allow cross-play on the PlayStation 4. Cross-play is when players of multiplayer games, such as Fortnite, can play with other gamers who play on PCs or other consoles. But as it stands, PlayStation 4 players can only play with other PlayStation 4 players and those on other platforms cannot play with them.
Sony seems to understand that it has players exactly where they want them and seems to want to do everything it can to keep them on its platform, rather than risk losing players to other platforms, particularly the Xbox One. Sony sees Xbox One as such a threat that it even recently blurred a controller from that console in a PlayStation trailer.
The cross-play controversy, though, refuses to go away. The issue came to a head recently when Fortnite players on the Nintendo Switch were unable to use their Epic accounts if they already had a PlayStation account linked to it. It has only escalated from there, with players demanding that Sony change their position. Sony PlayStation executive Shawn Layden recently tried to assure players that the company wished to come up with a solution for cross-play, but when that solution might appear is anyone's guess.
The truth is that Sony doesn't need to fix their cross-play problem. Consumers are still buying PlayStation 4 consoles and games in massive numbers. And as long as that continues, Sony doesn't need to change a thing.