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PlayStation 5 sales hit record numbers in the UK

Published: 14:58, 30 November 2020
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It's pretty clear by now that both next-gen launches have gone great, but it turns out that Sony's launch in the UK broke the previous record scored by PlayStation 4.

According to Video Game Chronicle's sources, PlayStation 5's launch has far exceeded PlayStation 4's record in the UK. Which is saying something, seeing as how Sony's current-gen console sold 250,000 units in the first 48 hours. 

Unfortunately, their sources didn't report the exact numbers so we're sort of in the dark in that respect. If we had to guess - well, they didn't say double, so it's probably in the 300K-450K region.

What they did report is that the PS5 version with the optical disk drive was a better seller, accounting for around two thirds of the total console sales. 

That said, Sony would've sold many more consoles had there been more to sell, and even the PlayStation boss admitted that everyone was astounded by the number of PS5 preorders. They promised more supplies coming before and after Christmas, and it looks like those will fly off the shelves as well.

It certainly didn't help that the PS5 launch was heaven for scalpers and scammers, and it turns out many of the latter posted listings with PS5 photos. In fact, eBay promised to remove all such listings and will be taking appropriate action against the sellers.

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In the meantime, expect pretty much every Sony's comment section to include some variation of "yeah, but we can't find any consoles to buy" gotcha. Even Rick and Morty's PlayStation 5 ad was not immune to the onslaught of identical comments, each one aimed at their "Play Has No Limits" slogan. 

Thanks, VGC .

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