PS5 pre-order sales beat first three months of PS4 sales in 12 hours, says Sony

Sony has stated that the pre-order sales for the PS5 have been higher than the numbers for the PS4, and by a considerable amount. According to Jim Ryan, the first 12 hours of PS5 pre-order sales outstripped the sales of the PS4 in its first 12 weeks on sale. These figures are limited to the United States but with how pre-orders were performing across the world with retailers selling out stock quickly that could be the picture everywhere.

In an interview with Reuters, Jim Ryan said:

“The demand as expressed by the level of pre-order has been has been very, very considerable. It may well be that not everybody who wants to buy a PS5 on launch day will be able to find one.” 

The PS5 was made available to pre-order in mid September following Sony’s PS5 showcase. However, the company was criticised due to how it handled the pre-order process with little warning to consumers despite stating people would be given plenty of notice. Sony apologised but then did similar with the second wave of pre-orders. Sony has stated it will be upping production for the PS5 to try and meet demand for the Christmas rush to meet demand and compete with Microsoft’s Xbox Series X|S.

We have a PS5 to test and today Jim wrote about his first experience with the DualSense and Astro’s Playroom, which will be a free title for all PS5 owners. In the article, Jim wrote:

As a first experience of PlayStation 5, it’s a great one, the nods to the past adding to the joy of getting to finally go hands on and experience what Sony’s grand vision for the next generation is. It’s just a taster so far, having received and unboxed our PlayStation 5 review unit today, but we can’t wait to get stuck in to experience and share more over the coming days and weeks.

You can read the full Astro’s Playroom hands on here.
Source: Reuters
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  1. Likely helped that a lot were preordering 2 or 3 from different stores! Though get ready for Microsoft to announce they’ve seen record interest & engagement or something like that.

    • Record interest and engagement across the whole X Box range. Probably including PCs as well. Anything to make the numbers look good while hiding the important one.

  2. I’m not too surprised, but the magnitude seems to make clear it’ll be a while until you can just walk in a shop and buy one. I’m glad I preordered and got one confirmed for the 19th.

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