The PS5 has almost been out for two weeks in the US and a week around the rest of the world and users are still struggling to get their hands on a console. Stock shortages have crippled the next-gen excitement around the world with gamers forced to wait at least a month before their PlayStation 5 console arrives. However, even with the massive stock shortages, Sony managed to sell more than 2 million units on launch day making the PS5 one of the biggest console launches in history.
According to VGChartz, PS5 launch day sale estimates put the console at between 2.1 and 2.5 million units when you combine both the 12 and 19 November launch dates. According to the report, of these numbers, 75% of console sold were the disc model edition. On 12 November, the PS5 sold between 1.3 and 1.6 million units across the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea.
The US accounts for most of these sales with 1.2 million units sold in the region. Other regions such as Canada and Mexico managed to push over 100k units and Japan sold between 115k and 120k.
As for the second launch day which took place on 19 November, the PlayStation 5 sold between 800,000 and 900,000 units across Europe and the rest of the world. However, VGChartz claims the bulk of the sales came from Europe with roughly 800k units sold in the region.
These sale numbers are quite impressive and signal a successful console launch for Sony. However, they still have some hurdles to tackle in order to increase the supply to meet the demand during the festive season. Right now, there’s no way for you to go into a store and purchase a PS5. Instead, you need to be lucky enough to grab one online when pre-orders go live. In SA, the second drop pre-orders sold out within minutes at some retailers.
Sony also has a lot of work to do in order to improve the PS5 experience. In my review, I discussed the lack of UI features and the handful of bugs that plague the console. Thankfully, these are fixable and won’t stop users from purchasing the console.