Sony has revealed some interesting stats in relation to its PlayStation gaming division. This includes PS5 console sale numbers, PlayStation Plus members, digital versus retail sales and more. First off, Sony has announced the company shipped 17.3 million PS5 consoles as of 31 December 2021.
To put this into perspective, the PS4 sold 20.2 million consoles within the same time frame. However, you need to keep in mind that Sony released the PS5 in the middle of a pandemic. This resulted in significant supply issues for the company. The PS5 has been unable to keep up with the PS4 sale numbers but this is due to the lack of stock around the world.
When it comes to other figures, Sony revealed that the Game and Network services saw a $25.96 billion revenue in 2021. This is contributed to by a number of sectors. Hardware sales contributed 24%, online network sales were 15%, accessories were 19%, add-on content was 32%, digital game purchases were 19% and in-store packaged purchases were only 4%.
PlayStation Plus subscribers are now sitting at 48 million members and there was 111 million active users on the PlayStation Network in 2021. This means that less than half (43%) of PlayStation Network users have an active PlayStation Plus subscription.
Sony says that 67.5% of all PlayStation games sold in 2021 were digital downloads. This is increased from 62% in 2020. 294.1 million games were sold of this 95 million were packaged games and 198 million were digital. Sony only sold 37 million first-party games in 2021. This was down 37% from the previous year and most likely due to the launch of the PS5 in 2020.
In the end, Sony’s year-on-year stats are down but this has a lot to do with the PS5 launching back in 2020 and the significant surge in stats the console release brought with it. Sony’s Network and Games division is doing well despite the supply issues with the PS5.