Sony today announced that it has sold 19.3 million PlayStation 5s since the console launched in November 2020. There were two million copies sold in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to 3.3 million in the same period a year earlier.
The PS5 stays behind the PS4
Sales of PlayStation 5 have been down almost 40% in the space of a year, but it’s a safe bet that the demand is there. The problem comes from the production. Sony has the same concerns as other companies when it comes to chips, with the shortage not helping to produce enough copies of consoles.
On its own, the PS5 underperforms the PS4, with the latter having seen an additional 3.1 million sales over the same period in its existence. But Sony had already said to expect it because of the shortage of components.
The company can console itself at the games level with 70.5 million PS4 and PS5 titles sold in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to 61.4 million a year earlier. The total includes 14.5 million games from Sony-owned studios, up from 7.9 million in the third quarter.
Overall, the games and network services division earned 665 billion yen ($4.84 billion) in the fourth quarter of 2021, up slightly from a year earlier. Sales for the full year of 2021 were flat, up just 2% from 2020, and profits were also little changed.