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PlayStation 5 has sold 4.5 million units in less than two months

Published: 11:33, 03 February 2021
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PS5's DualSense controller

Sony Interactive Entertainment were pretty vocal about PlayStation 5 sales and now we've got some numbers to go with it, as they sold 4.5 million units in less than two months.

The company's next-gen offering has had the biggest initial shipment ever, and even PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said at the time they were astounded with the number of preorders. 

PlayStation 5 has taken less than two months to hit 4.5 million units sold, and the console is on track to hit the projected 7.6 million units before March ends. Even its now-little brother PlayStation 4 did well in the third quarter, flogging 1.4 million units.

Also piggybacking on the back of PlayStation hype was Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which moved 4.1 million units in the same time frame.

Sony's revenue is up 25 per cent compared to the same period last year, but their operating income has taken a hit due to PlayStation 5 manufacturing costs. 

The company's digital software department has been the best performing part of Sony in the third quarter. The sector improved their results by 42 per cent on-year, which did well to offset PlayStation 5 expenses. 

Team PlayStation is setting their expectations high and they anticipate that this fiscal year will be the most profitable year in the console's history. Early signs certainly point to these plans being realistic, what with the demand for the next-gen consoles still raging. 

Sony A photo showing PS5 on the left side and PS5 Digital Edition on the right side with two controllers by them. PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition (right)

Of course, we're confident Sony don't mind the extra demand, quite the contrary, and the supply chain should stabilise during 2021. The company is well-positioned for success, and with playing time and PlayStation Plus subscriptions at their highest, the next-gen era of PlayStation 5 looks quite bright.

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