Sony has broken its quarterly sales record for the PS5. The company has shipped a record number of consoles since the start of 2023. To date, it has sold 6.3 million units this year alone.
This means the PS5 is currently sitting on 38.3 million units shipped since its release back in 2020. It is reported that these numbers are double the PS4’s all-time peak for the same window and more than triple what the PS5 sold this time last year.
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The most popular PlayStation hardware has ever been was the PS4 sales during its first three months at launch. The console sold 3 million units shortly after it was released back in 2014. It sold three million units between January and March 2014. The PS5 has doubled this two years after its release.
Sony’s original target of 19 million units in 2022 was also beaten. However, it was only beaten slightly at 19.1 million. This was increased from the 2021 sales of 11.5 million.
Even with these large numbers, the PS5 is trailing slightly behind the PS4. Sony managed to sell just over 40 million PS4 consoles during the same time as the PS5’s current lifespan. But the difference is understandable given that the console launched in the middle of a global pandemic.
Sony ships a huge 6.3m units in the Jan to March qtr – that is a record for any console in Q1 and over 2x the PS4 record
It appeared unlikely in Jan but it has reached its upgraded 19m FY target following availability of an additional 1m units
Now to examine sell-through 😉 pic.twitter.com/1k4w6UKF5R
— Piers Harding-Rolls (@PiersHR) April 28, 2023
Sony says that the company plans on selling 25 million consoles during the next 12 months ending on 31 March 2024. If the company reaches this milestone, it would then be the best-selling PlayStation console to date.
CFO Hiroki Totoki is confident that it will meet this milestone. During an earnings call, he said the current data of PS4 owners upgrading to PS5 shows that sales will soon see another boost.
Sony revealed that PlayStation Plus hasn’t really moved anywhere over the past quarter. The number is still currently at 47.4 million active users. However, the subscription is now at its highest since its revamp in 2022.
While PlayStation Plus has remained the same, active PlayStation Network monthly users have increased by 2 million to 108 million.