In its latest earnings report, Sony revealed the PlayStation 5 has sold 7.8 million units worldwide as of March 31st, 2021. The PlayStation 4 sold 7.6 million units within the same timeframe which means PS5 is already performing better.
Earlier in April NPD revealed the PS5 is the fastest-selling console in US history, a record achieved within five months since the console was launched. In 2020, Sony managed to ship 4.5 million units globally and has already shipped 3.3 million units of the console in the past quarter. Demand for the PS5 remains very high and Sony expects it to keep on performing well but supply constraints could play a role.
Sony now has a total of 47.6 million PlayStation Plus subscribers as of March 31st, up from the 41.5 million (a 14.7 percent increase) it was within the same timeframe last year. As the world continues to adjust to life away from the COVID-19 pandemic, Sony saw its total monthly active users on the PlayStation network come down to 109 million from 114 million it was last year. The company however had record breaking 2020 financial year with the overall PlayStation business in addition with the fourth-quarter figures bringing Sony a total operating profit of 342.2 billion yen ($3.14 billion).
As the PlayStation 4 lifecycle continues to wind down, the console has sold 115.9 million units as of March 31st, 2021, someway behind the PlayStation 2 which is the best-selling console of all time having sold 155 million units. Despite fewer hardware sales than the PS2, the PS4 has had more software overall sales thanks to its digital increasing accessibility.
Sony is predicting a strong sale from its first-party titles for its fiscal year 2021 (April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022), hardware unit sales is also expected to go up.