Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced today it has sold 10 million PlayStation 5 consoles globally as of July 18th, 2021. The makes the PS5 the fastest-selling gaming console in Sony’s history surpassing the same feat a month faster than the PlayStation 4.
In April in its last earnings report, Sony revealed the PS5 had sold 7.8 million units globally as of March 31st, 2021. The latest milestone means Sony has sold more than 2 million units since that time.
Despite the sales success, Sony is still facing supply constraints as the global chip shortage continues. “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,” says SIE President and CEO Jim Ryan in a press release. “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.”
Comparing engagement on the PlayStation 5 to the PlayStation 4, Ryan told GamesIndustry.biz the PS5 is having “double-digit growth” in terms of monthly users and gameplay time within the same launch window. “Engagement on the platform is the highest that we’ve ever seen whichever way you look at it,” he explained. “Whether it’s the number of people measured by a metric such as MAU [Monthly Active Users], or whether it’s the time that these people spend playing games. Both of these metrics are showing very significant double-digit growth compared to the launch window of PS4, the previous high-water mark.”
On the success of some PS5 exclusives, Sony revealed Returnal has sold more than 560,000 copies since it was released in April, while Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart has sold over 1.1 copies globally. Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a PS5 launch title has sold more than 6.5 million units so far. Meanwhile, MLB: The Show 21, a game developed by Sony San Diego for non-PlayStation platforms has sold over two million copies worldwide. Currently, it has more than four million players and was included in Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service.
While Microsoft has stopped releasing console hardware sales figure a long time ago, Daniel Ahmad a Senior Analyst at Niko Partners estimates the Xbox Series X and Series S to have sold around 6.5 million units as of June 30th, 2021. In an earnings call on Tuesday, Microsoft boss Satya Nadella noted the Xbox Series X/S were the company’s “fastest-selling consoles ever, with more consoles sold life-to-date than any previous generation“.