Sony announced its full-year fiscal 2021 financial results last month, showing that due to the impact of supply chain shortages, PlayStation 5 sales fell to varying degrees compared with the same period last year and compared to Sony’s previous forecast for fiscal 2021. As of March 31, 2022, PlayStation 5 shipments reached 19.3 million units, of which in the fourth quarter of 2021, PlayStation 5 shipments were only 2 million units, down from 3.3 million units in the same period in 2020.
According to GamesIndustry.biz
, sales of the PlayStation 5 have now exceeded the 20 million mark, but it will take longer for the PlayStation 5 to reach 20 million units than the PlayStation 4. In fact, PlayStation 5 sales were very strong in the early days, leaving PlayStation 4 sales in the same period, but starting in the middle of last year, sales slowed due to a lack of supply.
Sony hopes the PlayStation 5 will regain sales momentum, increase its sales velocity, and regain the PlayStation 4’s sales over the same period next year. “We are thrilled to share that Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has sold more than 20 million PlayStation 5 consoles globally,” said Veronica Rogers, SVP, Head of Global Sales and Business Operations at Sony Interactive Entertainment. “To those fans who have yet to get their hands on a console, please know that we are planning on a significant ramp-up in PS5 production this year and we are working endlessly to make sure that PlayStation 5 is available for everyone who wants one.“
The PlayStation 5 has experienced supply issues for several months, which has also given the Xbox Series X/S a chance. Market research data shows that the Xbox Series X/S has overtaken the PlayStation 5 in sales in some regions, and Microsoft has confirmed the authenticity of the sales figures in its own financial reports.