With PlayStation 5 launch on the horizon, Sony’s PlayStation 4 console is nearing the end of its life cycle. However, the iconic console has sold more than 100 million units since its launch six years ago. The PS4 has an impressive lineup of first-party and third-party titles. Wondering what the top-selling PlayStation 4 games are? Let’s check them out.
Market research firm NPD Group said in a recent report that the US video game market has witnessed impressive growth in the last three years, clocking double-digit growth rates. Spending on smartphone games is rising steadily. Consumers are also spending more on gaming titles. The sales of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles have been declining. But Nintendo Switch continues to fly off the shelves. The recent launch of Nintendo Switch Lite and an upgraded Switch is expected to further boost sales during the holiday shopping season.
The NPD Group estimates that American consumers would spend $44.6 billion on video games in 2019, up 6% from last year. Gaming content alone would account for $37.8 billion, with hardware and accessories accounting for $4.4 billion and $2.2 billion, respectively. Hardware sales are expected to decline 12% from last year despite the strong performance of Nintendo Switch.
On Tuesday, the NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella shared the lists of top ten best-selling PlayStation 4 games in the United States since the console was released six years ago. One of the two lists was for all PlayStation 4 games while the other one was for PS4 exclusive titles. The NPD Group collects data from both retail channels as well as developers.
Piscatella ranked games based on dollar sales (both physical and digital copies), not the number of units sold. Let’s first take a look at the “all games” chart.
The best-selling PlayStation 4 games
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Red Dead Redemption II
- Call of Duty: WWII
- Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- God of War 2018
- NBA 2K18
- Battlefield 1
The appearance of Grand Theft Auto V at the top shouldn’t come as a big surprise considering the game has been topping the charts on almost every platform it’s available. It has sold more than 100 copies across all formats. Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty titles hold four of the top 10 spots in the US. Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption II occupies the second spot.
It’s impressive to see two first-party titles on the list. Sony’s Spider-Man and God of War both are among the top-selling PlayStation 4 games.
Best-selling PS4 exclusive titles in the US
Before listing the highest-grossing exclusive titles, let me point out that The Last of Us is not included in this list because it was first released on PlayStation 3 before arriving on PS4 in July 2014. If The Last of Us were released directly on PS4, it would be the third highest selling PS4 title in the US.
Sony released a new trailer for the upcoming The Last of Us: Part II at its State of Play event. The title will be released in February 2020.
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
- God of War 2018
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Days Gone
- inFAMOUS Second Son
- MLB 17: The Show
- MLB 19: The Show
- MLB 18: The Show
— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) September 24, 2019
If you are in the market for a new PlayStation, you should consider waiting for the PlayStation 5, which would be insanely powerful. If you can’t afford the PS5 at launch, the PlayStation 4 would still be around at a lower price. A recent report claims that Sony would launch the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Pro at the same time. In contrast, there was a three-year gap between the PS4 and PS4 Pro launches.
Also, the PS5 and PS5 Pro would offer backward compatibility with the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR games. According to the rumor mill, the PS5 would offer up to 8K resolution. It would run a custom third-gen AMD Ryzen processor based on the Zen 2 architecture. The upcoming PlayStation would use a customized version of AMD’s Radeon Navi for graphics performance.
As per a recently leaked benchmark test, the PS5 would be four times more powerful than the PS4. The upcoming console would get solid-state drive (SSD) storage to improve the load speeds. The PS5 is rumored to offer at least 1TB of internal storage. It would also support 3D audio technology and ray-tracing.