The PlayStation 5, which was launched just over a month ago, was hard to find in France at the end of the year. Sony mentioned a global shortage of inventory in late November due to “unprecedented” demand, which seems to be confirmed.
If we are to believe information from DigiTimes (via Gematsu), which is based on industrial sources, the Japanese manufacturer would have passed 3.4 million PS5s in the first four weeks of marketing.
For Sony, this is simply the highest level of sales ever for a PlayStation console. In France, the Ludostrie site stated in early December that the PS5 had sold around 107,000 copies in the first week.
In its home country Japan, Sony would have sold 242,000 consoles as of December 20, according to the latest figures from Famitsu.
Sony still plans to sell between 16.8 million and 18 million consoles in 2021, according to Taiwanese website DigiTimes.
To achieve its goal, the Japanese giant would benefit from the support of Taiwanese founder TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), known as a supplier of chips to Apple.
However, these unofficial numbers need to be confirmed by Sony. Still, they make it possible to spot a trend and confirm the wait for the latest console from the Japanese manufacturer.
Following the success of the PlayStation 4, which has sold more than 110 million times, Sony hopes to repeat this feat with its fifth home console.
In an interview with South Korean media outlets Naver in October, Jim Ryan was confident that the PS5 could surpass the number of PS4s sold in the first months of marketing.
Sony anticipates PS5 sales to outperform the PS4
While the PlayStation 4 had sold 7 million units between its November 2013 release and April 2014, Sony’s head of video games had made this prediction: “We believe the PS5 will sell more over time as its first exercise [fiscal] that the PS4 hadn’t sold in its first fiscal year when it launched.
As a reminder, the PS5 has been available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan since November 12, and in Europe since November 19 in the rest of the world in particular.