Report: PlayStation 5 to sell double that of the Xbox Series X

The next-gen console wars are over before they have even started according to sources in the supply chains that are manufacturing the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Digitimes, a publication that covers global ICT supply chains for technology, has a report based on the “backend supply chain in Taiwan” for the consoles and reports that PS5 is aiming to ship 120 million consoles, roughly twice the number they say the Xbox Series X will sell.

They also suggest the life span of the PS5 will be shorter than that of previous consoles.


The life cycle for household game consoles may be shortened to five years from 6-7 years, and PS5 shipments may challenge 120-170 million units when its 5-year cycle expires, compared to 110 million units registered to date for PS4 launched in November 2013, the sources said, adding that Sony has recently boosted its PS5 shipment estimate for 2020 to near 10 million units.

While it’s clearly far to early to speculate on sales the information comes from sources in the supply chains and Sony will have placed orders for components for a good few years ahead so that will give a rough indication of production plans.

Amazon recently put up placeholder listings for the PlayStation 5 console and they suggest that you may need to reinforce your shelving as the console weighs 4.78kg. For reference, that’s only slightly heavier that the launch model ‘fat’ PlayStation 3 console, and over 2kg heavier than the current PlayStation 4.

We now know what the PlayStation 5 will look like, and have seen plenty of games that will be running on next-gen consoles, but what about the stuff that lives between the games and the hardware? Sony’s Matt Maclaurin, VP of UX Design at PlayStation, has revealed this to be a “100% overhaul of the PS4 UI”, which will contrast with Microsoft’s decision to keep the Xbox Series X system UI the same as the Xbox One.

MacLaurin has been responding to questions via LinkedIn – an unusual avenue to talk to console gamers, to be sure – digging into some of the philosophies of the next-gen system software, but without really going into too much detail ahead of its reveal.

He describes it as “A little more pragmatice, but a 100% overhaul of PS4 UI and some very different new concepts.” This includes “Largely cleaning up core functionality, but some key new bets that you’ll see soon,” though that still means there’s “a whole new visual language and a complete rearchitecting of the user interface.”

Most important for a lot of PS4 fans (and fans hoping that the PS5 doesn’t just sound of fans) is that the “experience goals measured in milliseconds across the entire UI.”

Source: Digitimes

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  1. The article title and this sentence seem to be at odds; “reports that PS5 is aiming to ship 120 million consoles, roughly half the number they say the Xbox Series X will sell.”. To me the wording suggests that the Xbox will sell 240 million consoles?

    • Sorry my fault, got my halves and doubles mixed up . Have fixed, thank you for pointing that out!

  2. The PS5 selling more than the Series X seems pretty much guaranteed.

    Selling 120m is possible. The PS4 should manage that many by the time the PS5 launches, or soon after.

    Selling 170m in 5 years is just a silly suggestion. That’s just not going to happen.

    I’d guess the PS5 will sell as quickly as the PS4. At best. That 10 million units shipped just means there won’t be any problems getting hold of one in the first 6 months. Which wasn’t really an issue with the PS4 either. Possibly the initial batch of pre-orders will sell out quickly, but you’ll be able to order one easily in November and get it around launch time.

    Also, never Google “backend supply chain”. I’m fairly sure it’ll end badly. Or not, depending on your preferences.

  3. Pointless speculation really.

  4. Seems reasonable, even if it is speculation. MS is not really making an effort, and the hype for the PS5 seems to be there. The PS4 was sold out for months back then, and I expect the same to happen to the PS5.

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