Sony has announced that the PlayStation 5 has passed 10 million units sold, doing so at a pace to remain the fastest selling console in the company’s history, continuing to surpass the PlayStation 4. That’s additional sales of 2.2 million since the end of April, where it sat at 7.8 million units.
By comparison, the PlayStation 4 took 9 months (from mid-November to mid-August) to pass the same milestone, and so did the Nintendo Switch (early March to early December).
The company has also confirmed some sales figures for its key first party games. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a cross-gen launch title for the PS5 has now sold more than 6.5 million copies, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart has blazed past the 1.1 million copies sold since its 11th June release, and Returnal from Housemarque has sold over 560,000 copies.
There’s also MLB The Show 21 which, in part thanks to also being available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S has sold over 2 million copies, but reached more than 4 million. With MLB The Show 21 available on Xbox Game Pass – which wasn’t Sony’s idea – that’s 2 million players players that have played via Microsoft’s subscription service.
All figures are as of 18th July.
Jim Ryan, CEO of SIE said, “I can’t express enough the deep gratitude we feel for our passionate community of PlayStation fans who have embraced PS5, and the world-class development and publishing partners who bring such incredible gaming experiences to our platforms.
“While PS5 has reached more households faster than any of our previous consoles, we still have a lot of work ahead of us as demand for PS5 continues to outstrip supply. I want gamers to know that while we continue to face unique challenges throughout the world that affect our industry and many others, improving inventory levels remains a top priority for SIE.”
That latter half of his statement is key. Sony is seeing a huge demand for their latest console, but there are significant issues with supply of the chips that go into them, and Sony, Microsoft and countless other companies are all competing for the same resources. It often feels impossible for people to get hold of a PlayStation 5 right now, and if Sony is to keep this strong momentum, they will need to try and find a way to meet the spike in demand that always occurs in the run up to Christmas.
Source: press release