Despite the Covid-19 pandemic which is causing major supply and stock problems for consoles, the PS5 is starting its career on the hats of wheels. Sony’s latest machine is surpassing all expectations surpassing the excellent PS4 sales figures in the same amount of time.

7.8 million PS5s!

Sony PS5

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It is therefore no less than 7.8 million PS5s that have found a buyer since their launch in November 2020. A fairly incredible figure in times of shortage that manages to achieve a small feat: Surpass the excellent figures of the PS4 at the same period. Indeed, in April 2014, the PlayStation 4 accumulated 7.6 million consoles sold. At that time, Sony’s machine was not affected by major shortages. Moreover, seven years later, Sony proudly announces that its machine now peaks at 115.9 million units sold.

The PS5 thus achieves a fairly solid first quarter with 3.3 million consoles sold.

November 25, 20202.3 million
December 31, 20204.5 million
March 31, 20217.8 million

VGChartz figures last month seemed correct, the PS5 had caught up well with the PS4, succeeding in the feat of overtaking its big sister a few weeks later.

December 1, 20132.1 millionNovember 25, 20202.3 million
December 31, 20134.2 millionDecember 31, 20204.5 million
March 31, 20146 millionMarch 31, 20217.8 million

Sony announces that the PlayStation Plus now has 47.6 million subscribers. That is an increase of 6.1 million players in one year. There is a slight decrease in the number of active players on the PlayStation Network which is now 109 million against 114 million last year.

Regarding games, Sony still delivers excellent results. More than 61.4 million titles were sold in 2020 on PS4 and PS5 (compared to 65.4 in 2019). First-Party games (therefore productions exclusive to PlayStation consoles) total 7.9 million sales. That is about 13% of purchases. A nice success thanks to The Last Of Us Part. II, Spider Man Miles Morales or Ghost of Tsushima.

The future therefore looks bright for Sony and PlayStation with a shortage that should end (hopefully) this summer and with great games to come like Returnal, Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart or Kena Bridge of Spirit this summer. We haven’t finished hearing about the PS5!