The PlayStation 5 has gone on and sold 20 million units worldwide. The news comes from GamesIndustry.biz. With the demand for Sony’s console far outweighing the supply, it’s a pretty impressive milestone given how hard it can be to find one in the wild.
“We are thrilled to share that Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has sold more than 20 million PlayStation 5 consoles globally,” said Veronica Rogers, an executive at Sony.
Speaking on Twitter about the milestone, Daniel Ahmad noted that it took a total of 568 days for the PS5 to hit this milestone. Compared to the PS4, it falls behind in terms of sales as it hit the same milestone in 471 days.
This is due to the global shortages the world has faced due to the Covid-19 pandemic over the last three years.
For reference, the PS4 sold 20m units in 15 months and 14 days (471) days.
The PS5 hits 20m units after 18 months and 22 days (568 days).
It's worth noting that the PS5 actually hit 10m faster than the PS4 did. But the issues with supply is the reason why it's behind now https://t.co/TVYbguCjvH
The last figure we had regarding PlayStation 5 sales was around the end of last year when it was revealed that 19.3 million units had sold. Sony even revised its sales forecast and slashed sales targets by 3.3 million units.
Sony is sounding optimistic that they will be able to supply consoles going forward. The supply shortages are likely to last well into 2024 and beyond but Sony seems to be fine with that and will increase production this year.
“To those fans who have yet to get their hands on a console, please know that we are planning on a significant ramp-up in PS5 production this year and we are working endlessly to make sure that PlayStation 5 is available for everyone who wants one,” says Rogers.