Sony has confirmed that it has sold a total of 13.4 million PlayStation 5 consoles, but that’s still short of where the PS4 was in its first year. Of course, Sony has had an uphill battle since 2020 with the pandemic, games being delayed, and the ongoing console shortages, so the number is rather impressive, but it does reflect the company’s struggles. The PlayStation 5 is still expected to have a strong 2021, but not without some hurdles to overcome.
A PS5 shortage is expected to continue until 2022. There’s some speculation that it could even last as long as 2023, but that remains to be seen. As of now, the shortage may not hurt Sony too much. All of Sony’s remaining 2021 first-party titles have been delayed to 2022 by now, so this will hopefully give the platform holder time to produce more consoles and hit the ground running in the new year. 2023 and beyond is also looking to be quite large, so there won’t really be a bad time to get a PS5, regardless of how long it takes.
Nonetheless, the shortage does seem to be hampering Sony’s sales. Sony reported that it sold 3.3 million PS5 units in its second financial quarter, which ended on September 30, 2021. This brings the total consoles sold up to 13.4 million, which is just half a million short of where the PS4 was during the same point of its life cycle (via Engadget). Nonetheless, the PS5 is selling better than the PS4 in some regions, meaning that this shortcoming is being offset in some areas.
Given the high demand for the PlayStation 5, which is outselling the Switch, it’s not hard to imagine that the PS5 would probably have surpassed the PS4 if individual machines were easier to obtain. Even though there’s only a handful of games that are only available on the PS5, the console’s advanced technology and promising future library still make it a hot commodity. As more consoles slowly roll out and enter the hands of gamers, the fight to get a console will hopefully become much easier. Sony may not be on par with its success on the PS4, but the PS5’s sales numbers still represent an impressive feat given the circumstances.
On top of that, nearly year-old PS5 games are topping the sales charts due to PlayStation 5 restocks. Not only are players buying the consoles, but they are going back and picking up the older games for the system as well, showcasing the console’s strong launch line-up. It’s likely this will continue in the next year with the releases of God of War: Ragnarok and Horizon Forbidden West. Time will tell what the future holds for PlayStation 5.