PlayStation shipments to the US in September 2022 were reportedly up by 400% year-on-year, according to an industry analyst. This is five times the size of last September’s 1.5 million kilograms of stock compared to this year’s 7.5 million kilograms. This surge likely means that PS5 supply is increasing as the holiday season approaches.
According to senior analyst at MST Financial David Gibson, some import documentation from Sony Interactive determined how many products were arriving in the US. While it’s possible that a good majority of those products are PS5s, it’s also worth noting that the 7.5 million kilograms also encompasses all Sony Interactive products and not just consoles.
However, Gibson states that there have been plenty of reports in the last few months about Sony Interactive increasing its PS5 supply, adding “lots of reports of improved PS5 supply in the past few months, but no data until now. Import data into the US confirms that Sony Interactive (PlayStation) shipments in Sept were +400% YoY. Yes you read that right. Some of that will go into inventory for GoW launch for sure.”
God of War Ragnarok will arrive this November and, according to Gibson, this could account for at least some of the reported shipments. However, it’s likely that Sony is looking to push PS5s out this holiday season to coincide with the release of the anticipated exclusive, though reports about manufacturing issues still persist.
Another thing to note is that Gibson’s report only covers US shipments – a country that was largely unaffected by the PS5 console price increase. This doesn’t indicate worldwide figures, but findings from Christopher Dring last week claimed that PS5 availability worldwide was looking strong. “According to my retail sources, PS5 availability worldwide during September was ‘surprisingly good’,” said Dring. “One source told me it was the best it’s been for over a year. Looking forward to seeing that data.”head
Those hoping for stability in PS5 shipments might have to wait a little while longer, but for this holiday season, it looks like Sony is making a big push for more units to be widely available for Christmas.
Source: Video Games Chronicle