It looks like there are a lot more PS5 consoles out in the wild as Sony has revealed in its financial results for the fiscal year ending on March 31st, 2023 that it has shipped 38.4 million units of its new generation PlayStation console hardware.
The PS5 is doing so well that it’s actually shattering records according to Piers Harding-Rolls of Ampere Analysis, last quarter (January to March) Sony shipped 6.3 million PS5 consoles and that is the most that any console (PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, etc.) has shipped their hardware in. that quarter; two times the output of the PS4. Yes, these are only shipped numbers and not actual sold numbers but I’m sure it puts a lot of confidence in Sony to hit their expectation of selling 25 million PS5 consoles in this fiscal year; a major increase of the 19.1 million units they sold last fiscal year.
Some other details in the report are that Sony hasn’t really moved the needle on PlayStation Plus subscribers as they’ve maintained 47.4 million subscribers from last year but have really lost more as the service has seen a slight downward trend in those numbers in recent years but good to see it’s maintaining its numbers following last year’s relaunch. As for users, PlayStation Network has seen a two million increase in monthly users and is now sitting prettier at 108 million monthly PlayStation users.
As for an actual decrease, PlayStation software is down as Sony sold 68 million software units which is down from the previous year’s 70.5 million number of which 9.5 million units were first-party titles – a 5 million decrease from last year (14.5 million). With PS5 exclusive titles like Final Fantasy XVI, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, and possibly Final Fantasy VII Rebirth (if it doesn’t get delayed) then Sony could see a major increase on the exclusive front at least but we’ll have to wait and see for now.