Despite the still marked absence of units, it seems that Sony continues to achieve major milestones with its next-generation console. And that’s because in the latest earnings report, the company has advanced cumulative sales of PS5 already exceeding 10 million units distributed worldwide, which still under a year of life, already make it the best-selling PlayStation in history at its launch.
Reaching this achievement in the impressive period of just eight months, the PS5 has managed to overtake the fast-selling PS4 by a full month, even with a severe restriction on available units. And that’s because semiconductor supply constraints have likely acted as a major bottleneck to the success of PS5, and even the Xbox Series.
A shortage that while it seems to be slowly easing, still points to taking a while before the industry can fully catch up with user demand, with Sony estimating dates as far out as 2023.
“Ican’t express enough the deep gratitude we feel for our passionate community […] While PS5 has reached more homes faster than any of our previous consoles, we still have a lot of work ahead of us as demand for PS5 continues to outstrip supply. I want gamers to know that while we continue to face unique challenges around the world that affect our industry and many others, improving inventory levels remains a priority for SIE,” shared SIE President and CEO Jim Ryan.
In fact, it’s been a couple of months since we saw how, despite selling at a loss, PS5 was starting to deliver profitability and returns for the company. And as much as the hardware is succeeding, it is undoubtedly its games and additional services that are setting the course of the industry.
On the other hand, in addition to announcing total PS5 sales so far, Sony also gave us some sales numbers for its exclusive games: Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales has sold 6.5 million copies, Returnal has already surpassed 560,000 copies, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart has managed a whopping 1.1 million copies sold. In fact, the latter is particularly noteworthy, as it was only released a month and a half ago.