Sony has sold nearly 8 million PS5 consoles since launch
In March, Sony confirmed how much PS5 consoles that it had sold from its launch period in November 2020 until the end of this year. The number was a staggering 4.5 million units. No small achievement in any case.
Especially considering how difficult (and still is) getting one. Unless you’ve been lucky or running some sort of bot program, you’ve probably been faced with bitter defeat and a sense of disappointment. Because despite your best efforts, you still didn’t own a PS5. Now that we’re almost five months into 2021, PS5’s stock is still seemingly low. At least you would think so.
Of course, it’s always difficult to get one of Sony’s latest consoles. And even though PS5 restockings are happening more frequently now, you still can’t walk into one of your local electronics retailers and buy one off the shelf. And yet, Sony has sold a total of almost 8 million PS5 consoles since its launch.
Sony has now sold 7.8 million PS5 consoles
Sony definitely sold more PS5s in its launch quarter than the latter. But from January to March, the company still sold millions of new units.
With the total being around 7.8 million Since its launch in 2020, Sony has unloaded around 3.3 million PS5 units in its first quarter of 2021. Proving that while it is still difficult to buy one, Sony is still selling them. The PS5 is Sony’s best-selling console. But also the best-selling console in the history of the United States. Surpassing all other consoles in the company.
Although it remains to be seen whether the PS5 can outperform Sony’s undisputed king of consoles in lifetime sales, the PS2. At this rate, it wouldn’t be surprising if the PS5 ultimately became Sony’s best-selling console in all units sold. However, there are still many years left since the launch of the PS5.
PS5 stock likely won’t stabilize until the second half of 2021
Earlier this year, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said the PS5’s stock shortage will last until later in 2021. Most likely in the second half of the year.
While things could certainly change as the year progresses, Sony doesn’t expect the stock to stabilize until a little later in 2021. Which means it will likely still be difficult to buy the one of the consoles over the next few months.
Sony is also still working on expanding more features on the PS5. Like the extended storage media it expects to be included with a console update that’s coming this summer.