Back in March Sony confirmed how many PS5 consoles it had sold from its launch period in November of 2020 through the end of that year. The number was a staggering 4.5 million units. No small accomplishment by any means.
Especially considering how hard it was (and still is) to get one. Unless you were lucky or running some sort of bot program, you likely were met with bitter defeat and feelings of disappointment. Because despite your best efforts, you still didn’t own a PS5. Now that it’s almost five months into 2021, PS5 stock is still seemingly low. At least you would think.
Sure, it’s still hard to get one of Sony’s latest consoles. And even though restocks of the PS5 are happening more frequently now, you still can’t just walk into any of your local electronics retailers and buy one off the shelf. And yet, Sony has sold nearly 8 million PS5 consoles altogether since launch.
Sony has now sold 7.8 million PS5 consoles
Sony definitely sold more PS5s during its launch quarter than it did this most recent one. But from January to March, the company still sold millions of new units.
With the total being around 7.8 million since launch in 2020, Sony unloaded about 3.3 million PS5 units in its first quarter of 2021. Proving that while it’s still a challenge to buy one, Sony is still selling them. The PS5 is Sony’s fastest-selling console. But also the fastest selling console in US history. Outpacing every other console the company has put out.
Though it will still remain to be seen if the PS5 can surpass the undisputed king of Sony’s consoles in overall lifetime sales numbers, the PS2. At this rate, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the PS5 eventually became Sony’s best-selling console in overall units sold. There are still many years to go however since the PS5 just launched.
PS5 stock likely won’t stabilize until the second half of 2021
Earlier this year PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said that the PS5 stock shortage is going to remain until later in 2021. Most likely the second half of the year.
While things could certainly change as the year continues, Sony isn’t expecting stock to level out until sometime later in 2021. Which means it will probably still be hard to buy one of the consoles for the next few months.
Sony is also still working on pushing out more features to the PS5. Like the expanded storage support, which it expects to be included with a console update that arrives this Summer.
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