Sales of the PlayStation 5 have reached more than 17 million units in just one year, which is beyond the performance of the Wii U console It is during its release period.
Sony has announced that it has sold a total of 17.3 million PlayStation 5 consoles as of December 31, 2021, during the company’s latest financial performance report conference. For example, consoles like the Nintendo Wii U have sold 13.6 million units over the years. This statistic shows the ideal economic performance of Sony’s ninth generation console at a time when the market is severely affected by the shortage of electronic components and the high price of game consoles in many countries around the world.
The PS5 even surpassed the sales of the first year of the PlayStation 4 release, setting a 33-month record for the Nintendo Switch console topping the US sales charts. The PlayStation 5 currently holds the fastest sales record in terms of both number and dollar sales in the US market.
The PlayStation 5 console now holds the fastest sales record in the US market, both in terms of number and dollar sales.
As mentioned, sales of Sony consoles are currently affected by the global shortage of electronic chips in the hardware industry, which is said to continue until at least September this year. In addition to Sony, Microsoft has also had difficulty accessing chips used in GPUs and game consoles, and this has affected the gaming industry on a large scale. As a result, the demand for the PlayStation 5 continues to far outweigh the supply, and virtually all consoles manufactured by Sony sell out in the fastest possible time.
However, the PlayStation 5 still has a long way to go to reach the record for the best-selling console in the history of the gaming industry. The PS4 is fourth on the list with 116.9 million units, which is still growing, and the Game Boy and Game Boy Color consoles are third with a total of 118.69 million units. In second place is the Nintendo DS with 154.02 million units; Where PlayStation 2 is still the best-selling console in the history of the video game industry with 159 million units.
The most recent quarter was the second best PlayStation business season in Sony’s history, and the second-highest quarter in terms of operating income during the holiday season. Sony has cut its forecast for overall gaming and PlayStation Network revenue to 70 billion yen for the current fiscal year (April 2021 to March 2022) and expects operating revenue to improve significantly.
Sony earned 2.465 billion yen ($ 6.4 billion) in the last quarter of 2021, a significant increase over the previous year. Unlike the Wii U, the Nintendo Switch console continues to sell very well. Launched in 2017, the Switch has sold 92 million consoles worldwide to date, setting a record for Nintendo’s most lucrative year in 2021 with an annual profit of 81%.
Of course, the performance of the X-Series and S-Series consoles may have been questioned by its fans, in response to which it should be said that Microsoft does not provide accurate sales figures for its consoles. So talking about estimated figures can be a bit misleading, but overall it seems that despite Sony’s continued lead in the gaming console market, console competition is coming closer than ever.
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