Sony’s PlayStation 4 continues its torrid sales pace, surpassing the 30 million-sold mark within about two years of availability.

That sales rate, a total of 30.2 million sold, is faster than any previous PlayStation system, the company Wednesday.

In comparison, the best-selling system ever, the PlayStation 2, had shipped to retailers — as opposed to units sold to customers — 30 million systems after just more than two years in the market, according to Sony’s product timeline. The PS2, released in Japan in March 2000 and the U.S. in October 2000, went on to sell more than 155 million.

The PS4 has a substantial lead over competitor Microsoft’s Xbox One, which hit the market in November 2013 a week after the PS4. Microsoft hasn’t updated its Xbox One sales figures since saying it had sold 10 million a year ago. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter estimated that Microsoft had sold about 14 million Xbox Ones prior to the release of Halo 5: Guardians, a game expected to drive console sales.

“We are sincerely grateful that gamers across the globe have continued to choose PS4 as the best place to play since launch two years ago,” said Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Andrew House in a statement. “We are committed to bringing engaging games and entertainment services to users worldwide. Thanks to the support of our partners, PS4 continues to be the premier platform for game and interactive entertainment innovation.”

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