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.
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.