PlayStation 5 reaches 50 million lifetime console sales

by Danny Craig  · 
PlayStation 5 reaches 50 million lifetime console sales

Sony has announced that the PlayStation 5 has sold 50 million units worldwide in just over three years on the market.

The details:

  • According to Sony (via Financial Times), the milestone was reached on December 9, 160 weeks and 2 days after its November 12, 2020 launch. The PS4 sold 50 million units a week before the PS5, but the latter was plagued by supply issues during COVID-19, resulting in major shortages and scalping.

  • Soon-to-retire Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan spoke about the achievement, noting that this will be the first holiday season where players can get their hands on a system without worrying about console supply. "Achieving this PS5 sales milestone is a testament to the unwavering support of the global PlayStation community and their passion for the incredible experiences created by the talented developers from PlayStation Studios and our partners," Ryan said. "We're grateful for all of our players who have joined the PS5 journey so far, and we're thrilled that this is the first holiday season since launch that we have a full supply of PS5 consoles – so anyone who wants to get one can get one."

  • The release of the PS5 Slim and many major titles this quarter appears to have helped push the platform significantly ahead of Xbox, with research firm Ampere Analysis stating that the system nearly outsold the Series X/S 3-to-1 this year.

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