This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

[video] 5 Best-Selling Video Game Consoles of All Time

Stocks in this article: MSFT SNE

4. Sony PlayStation 3
Released: 2006
Global sales: 80.4 million

Sony was in the driver's seat when this generation of consoles first hit stores, yet somehow found a way to drive its new piece of hardware into a wall in its earliest days.

The original version of the PS3 had great little features including a Blu-ray disc player and backward-compatibility with the wildly popular PS2, but it was incredibly expensive compared with the other systems on the market. Even a few years into its release, the PlayStation 3 was being outsold by the PS2 here in the U.S. Security issues with the online PlayStation Network didn't help, nor did the fact that it never quite caught on in the U.S.

Sales in North America sit at roughly 27 million, which still trails not only the more than 40 million sales apiece of both the 360 and Nintendo Wii, but the nearly 33.5 million Nintendo Entertainment Systems sold here from the mid- to late-80s and early '90s. It is the least-popular PlayStation home console ever sold in the U.S. and owes a whole lot of its strength to the European market, where sales of Sony's Gran Turismo and Electronic Arts' (EA) FIFA Soccer series helped vault them into the PS3's best-selling games of all time.

The PS3 still lags behind the Xbox here in the states, but it's basically become Europe's Xbox. If the PS4 can get a better start out of the gate than its predecessor, the world may again be Sony's for the taking.

3 of 6

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 17,191.37 -195.84 -1.13%
S&P 500 2,004.98 -24.57 -1.21%
NASDAQ 4,644.4370 -37.06 -0.79%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs