PS5 sales have surpassed 10 million worldwide, Sony has revealed.
Sony announced the impressive sales figure for its next-gen console on the official Sony Interactive Entertainment blog. With the PS5 selling over 10 million consoles as of July 18e, it has already surpassed its predecessor, the PlayStation 4, which took an extra month in 2014 to reach 10 million units. As reported in April, Sony managed to sell 7.8 million PS5 units by March 31, 2021.
“We are pleased to announce that as of July 18, 2021, we have sold more than 10 million PlayStation 5 consoles worldwide,” Sony’s Global Head of Business Operations, Veronica Rogers, writes:. “This makes PS5 the fastest-selling console in Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) history, and we couldn’t be happier with the amazing response from our fans.”
As also revealed today by GamesIndustry.bizSpider-Man: Miles Morales has sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide – the game launched as a cross-gen title for both PS4 and PS5 at the launch of Sony’s next-gen console last November. Housemarque’s Returnal has sold more than 560,000 copies since its launch in April this year. Interestingly, Insomniac’s Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart surpassed 1.1 million units sold in just over a month.
Impressive numbers for sure. Especially given the ongoing hardware shortages caused by the global pandemic. Not only did Sony report strong hardware and software sales, Jim Ryan, head of PlayStation, also said PS5 player engagement has grown at double digits.
“Engagement on the platform is the highest we’ve ever seen, no matter how you look at it,” Ryan told GamesIndustry.biz.
He added: “whether it’s the number of people measured by a statistic like MAU [Monthly Active Users], or whether it’s the time these people spend playing games. Both stats show very significant double-digit growth compared to PS4’s launch window, the previous high-water mark.
The CEO also expressed his excitement at the console’s strong launch in China.
“The only launch I would mention is China. The console gaming model isn’t well established there, it’s all free to play and mobile, but we felt the time might be right to change that and rolled a few dice “We made a lot of noise at launch, allocated a good amount of stock, and it blew through very, very quickly. The same kind of energy we see in the West. It’s still early, but that’s encouraging.”
The PlayStation 5 is now available worldwide (if you can get your hands on it).
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