Despite demand continuing to outweigh supply, Sony says it has sold 7.8 million PlayStation 5 consoles as of March 31 this year. The supply shortage is expected to continue for some time, but this has not stopped Sony from recording strong profits – a record US$3.14 billion, to be exact.
According to its end-of-year financial report, 3.3 million of those PS5 units were shipped to homes from January to March 2021, meaning 4.5 million more units found owners throughout last year. Not bad for a new console that is difficult to find in stores, let alone purchase.
These sales figures even defied Sony’s own expectations by a slight margin. The company initially forecasted that it would sell 7.6 million units by March 2021, a conservative figure given the global pandemic and shortages. By the looks of things, the PS5 looks set to outsell the PS4 in years to come.
It’s worth noting that this achievement was made despite Sony’s current manufacturing capacity, and the company is already ramping up production in an effort to narrow the gap between demand and supply.
To put things in perspective, a total of 7.6 million PS4 units were sold during the same timeframe, or corresponding period, back in 2014. The PS5 also happens to be the fastest-selling console of all time in the United States throughout its five months of availability.
The PlayStation 5 has sold in 7.8 million units as of March 31, 2021, according to Sony. 3.3 million were shipped in the past quarter.
For reference, the PlayStation 4 had sold in 7.6 million units in the same timeframe.
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But it’s not all doom and gloom for the PS4. Despite being a last-gen console, Sony still managed to sell a million units in the last quarter, bringing the total number of lifetime purchases to 115.9 million units.
It’s all positive news for Sony on other fronts as well: there are 47.6 million PlayStation Plus subscribers as of March 31, 2021, an increase of 6.1 million compared to the 41.5 million subscribers during the same period the previous fiscal year.
A total of 338.9 million games were sold in for PS4 and PS5 over the past fiscal year. This includes both packaged and digital copies. Of that figure, 65 per cent were sold via digital download, and 17 per cent of those games sold were first-party titles.
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