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PS4 becomes second best-selling console of all time

It's overtaken Sony's original PlayStation and the Nintendo Wii. It still hasn't beaten one console, though.

PS4 has its share of fans.
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Sony sold 2.8 million PlayStation 4 consoles in its fiscal quarter that ended Sept. 30, according to its earnings report released Wednesday. That brings total sales to 102.8 million since PS4's release in 2013, making the PS4 the second best-selling console of all time by pushing past the original PlayStation's 102.5 million and the Nintendo Wii's 101.6 million

However, the PS2 still holds the top-selling crown with a towering 155 million consoles sold -- likely because it was also one of the first affordable DVD players on the market and because of its backward compatibility with its predecessor.   

Sony's latest fiscal-quarter sales figures added to the 100 million PS4 console sales milestone announced in July.

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The PS3 never hit such dizzying heights. It sold 87.4 million units. 

With the PS5 on the horizon in 2020, it's unlikely that PS4 will end up surpassing the PS2. However, upcoming exclusives like Death Stranding, The Last of Us Part 2 and Ghost of Tsushima will likely keep gamers hooked, at least until the backward-compatible PS5 hits.