The PlayStation continues to sell very well and the data confirms it: Sony takes everything and makes record takings.
PlayStation 5 continues, unabated, to grind sales. As of March 31, 2021, Sony has declared that it has seen 7.8 million copies of its latest generation console, despite the difficulties encountered due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has been affecting the planet since last year, slowing down the production and delivery process.
Despite the difficulties in shipments encountered especially during the first phase of sales, the one immediately following the days of the launch during which we have witnessed episodes to say the least unpleasant (which we told you here), PS5 has climbed the slope bringing home a respectable result. Even the impediments related to deliveries around the globe, a supply chain crippled by the restrictions for the containment of contagions, and the sale exclusively online, with home delivery or pick up in stores, could little against the willingness of players to get their hands on the latest model of the console produced by the Japanese multinational that has thus put in the trophy case another great trophy.
PlayStation 5, all the sales numbers
Never has a console been sold so quickly: this is the verdict of NPD, a market research company that has recently published the data obtained from the latest version of the console produced by Sony. The only drawback, at least so far, is the comparison with Nintendo Switch.
The portable has in fact beat PS5 on the number of units sold in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2021; a detail, that of the Switch, compared to what has been brought home so far. Over $3.14 billion is then the profit at the end of 2020 for the PlayStation business, a figure that also counts on the 47.6 million PlayStation Plus subscribers, with an annual increase of 14.7%.
A figure not to be underestimated is that of the shipments made by Sony, between the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. In fact, at the end of last year, the company had already shipped 4.5 million units of its PS5 (data here); then between January and March alone, the number grew by another 3.3 million units, highlighting the company's production capabilities and supply chain management in the pre-launch phase.
PS5 vs. PS4, the results compared
Interesting is, according to what the tech giant reported, how despite the pandemic crisis the PS5 sold its units much faster than what happened with the previous model. In fact, as of March 31, 2014 PlayStation 4 had been shipped "only" 7.4 million consoles, almost half a million less than what has happened so far.
If the numbers of PS5 are of all respect, even those of PS4 continue in any case to rise. In fact, in the last quarter of 2020, the previous model of Sony's console touched 115.9 million units sold. As you might imagine, the figures were lower than in the same period last year, with a 28.6% drop from 2020's 1.4 million.