Despite the global semiconductor shortage, the PlayStation 5 has sold over 10 million units as of July 18th. This makes it the fastest-selling PlayStation console ever, when compared to the same launch periods of past generations. This eclipses the initial sales of the PS4, PS3, PS2 and the original PlayStation.
Sony made this announcement less than a day after Microsoft announced the Xbox Series X|S is the fastest-selling Xbox console in the company’s history. Microsoft didn’t share hard sales data for the Xbox consoles, but analyst Daniel Ahmad put the Series X|S sales at an estimate of 6.5 million units.
Sony also gave some sales and player numbers for its recent top games:
- Spider-Man: Miles Morales has now sold more than 6.5 million copies.
- MLB The Show 21 has sold more than 2 million copies on all platforms, and it’s reached more than 4 million players in total.
- Returnal has sold 560,000 copies.
Sony recently announced that it acquired Returnal developer Housemarque, which will now have the ability to make a “bigger and more ambitious” title.
SIE president Jim Ryan thanked fans in a statement for their support of the PS5. He also warned that demand for the PS5 with continue to outpace supply, so shortage will go on.
“I can’t express enough the deep gratitude we feel for our passionate community of PlayStation fans who have embraced PS5, and the world-class development and publishing partners who bring such incredible gaming experiences to our platforms,” Ryan stated.
“While PS5 has reached more households faster than any of our previous consoles, we still have a lot of work ahead of us as demand for PS5 continues to outstrip supply. I want gamers to know that while we continue to face unique challenges throughout the world that affect our industry and many others, improving inventory levels remains a top priority for SIE.”
Sony’s global head of business operations, Veronica Rogers, said in a blog post, “We are making steady progress with available global supply and can’t wait for the day when everyone who wants a PS5 can easily get one.”
Rogers continued, saying: “Our commitment to supporting PlayStation’s entire community, across all platforms and services, has never been stronger. So, wherever gamers are on their journey with us, we are committed to making sure that PlayStation is the best place to play.”