The PS5 Has Shipped 7.8 Million Systems, Outpaced The PS4 Even With Shortages

Sony has report­ed earn­ings for the Jan­u­ary-March quar­ter and the PlaySta­tion 5 con­tin­ues on as a mas­sive suc­cess for the com­pa­ny. Sony shipped a fur­ther 3.3 mil­lion sys­tems dur­ing the quar­ter, despite the ongo­ing short­ages. This brings the total num­ber of shipped sys­tems to 7.8 million.

Now shipped num­bers don’t always equate to sold fig­ures, but the ways these dis­ap­pear as soon as they go up, its like­ly these num­bers are much clos­er togeth­er than we know. To com­pare, the PS4 shipped 7.6 mil­lion units over the same peri­od of time, accord­ing to Niko Part­ners ana­lyst Daniel Ahmad.

Microsoft has not dis­closed sales num­bers for the Xbox Series X|S, but Bloomberg’s Matthew Kan­ter­man believes the PS5 is out­selling the Series X|S by 2:1.

Sony also stat­ed it sold 61.4 mil­lion PS4 and PS5 games dur­ing the three month peri­od, of which 7.9 mil­lion were first-par­ty exclu­sives. Addi­tion­al­ly, 79% of games sold dur­ing this time were sold dig­i­tal­ly, although those are like­ly inflat­ed due to the pandemic.

PlaySta­tion Plus has also had some change for dur­ing this three month peri­od, going from 41.5 mil­lion sub­scribers to 47.6 mil­lion. How­ev­er, month­ly active users dropped from 114 mil­lion to 109 million. 

Daniel Ahmad of Niko Part­ners had oth­er sta­tis­tics from Sony’s earn­ings report, like how this was the most suc­cess­ful year ever for Sony’s Game & Net­work ser­vices division.

The PS5 Has Shipped 7.8 Million Systems, Outpaced The PS4 Even With Shortages

Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S still trails behind the Nin­ten­do Switch, which tops the sell­ing charts in the US every month. As of Decem­ber 31st the Switch has sold 80 mil­lion units, but this num­ber will like­ly grow when Nin­ten­do reports their earn­ings next on May 6th.

I am a Platinum lover and an ex- Cod-aholic. I've been playing games since I was 5 years old and I refuse to quit, despite my mother's attempts to get me to. God of War and its successors are my all time favorite games.

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