PlayStation 5 has sold over over 10 million units since launch

We didn't even know there were 10 million PS5s available to be sold.

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The PlayStation 5 is a much-sought after device. So much so that getting your hands on one readily is still a questionable prospect this far into 2021. Even so, that demand has also ensured that Sony’s latest star console continues to sell like hot cakes. According to Sony itself, that has led to a milestone as of this month. The PS5 console has sold over 10 million units since its launch, making it the fastest-selling PlayStation console in Sony’s history.

Sony announced this interesting milestone via the PlayStation Twitter account and in a Sony Interactive Entertainment blog post on July 28, 2021. Written by Global Head of Business Operations Veronica Rogers, the post shares that, as of July 18, the PlayStation 5 has achieved a milestone of over 10 million units sold worldwide. This has made it the fastest-selling console in the series so far in the time frame given. This is also even despite production limitations, including COVID-19 restrictions and an ongoing semiconductor shortage, which have made readily producing PS5s quite the challenge for the company.

The post also points to the PS5’s library of current and upcoming games as contributing factors to its success.

It would seem that if the Sony can keep supplies of the PS5 readily available, it could continue to grow one of the company’s best-selling consoles of all time. “Readily available” is the part that continues to be challenging, though, as even Sony’s own quarterly reportings have suggested. We’ll admit, we didn’t even know there were 10 million PS5s in existence. Good for them getting that far, all things considered.

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    July 28, 2021 7:20 AM

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      July 28, 2021 6:04 AM

      PS5 fastest selling PlayStation ever:

      https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-07-28-ps5-is-the-fastest-selling-playstation-as-it-hits-10-million-sales-milestone

      Still have not seen one in person anywhere or ever been in an online queue where I could buy one

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        July 28, 2021 6:09 AM

        I've bought two and last week added one to my cart before deciding not to bother after clicking a link someone posted here (maybe it was best buy?)

        They call me the PS5 whisperer.

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          July 28, 2021 6:21 AM

          My coworker is up to 5 or 6 PS5s he's been able to buy. I bought mine from his luck on a PS Direct. He was telling me yesterday there is a chrome browser extension that will manipulate the Best Buy queue. Something about refreshing will get you a new spot in the queue. Then you just refresh until you get a good spot.

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            July 28, 2021 7:40 AM

            I bought both of mine from Walmart using the affiliate link and following posts here giving the heads up when they were about to drop. Super easy.

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        July 28, 2021 6:24 AM

        I bought 3 of those!

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        July 28, 2021 6:29 AM

        Returnal selling half a million copies makes me sad. It deserves moar.

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          July 28, 2021 6:35 AM

          It seems like a very difficult game to market.

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            July 28, 2021 8:02 AM

            real-ass video games don't sell. I

            t's gotta be open world with a bunch of mindless repetitive tasks and writing that would be rejected from a B action movie.

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              July 28, 2021 8:46 AM

              The fact that many indie games sell over 1 million copies directly refutes your statement. Returnal is not a giant audience and the genre combo is hard to market. Remember Brutal Legend?

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                July 28, 2021 8:49 AM

                Sorry, my mistake. Real ass video games with a full price tag

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                  July 28, 2021 9:15 AM

                  Heh. It’s alright to like games that aren’t mass market. Just gotta understand that the difficulty and genre combination is a tough sell to a limited market.

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                July 28, 2021 8:53 AM

                It's also on a system that only has 10 million units out there - meaning that half-million sales is 5% attach rate which isn't bad. To take another number, Spider-Man: Mike Morales sold 6.5M, but that's across both PS4 + PS5 (106M + 10M = 116M) or a 5.6% attach rate, so about the same. On the other hand, an indie game selling a million when there are easily 100+ million PCs out there - a 1% rate - isn't that great, but there are very different market segments to consider. So essentially Returnal is doing okay considering its limited platform availability.

                What Sony doesn't yet have seems to be a system seller. Flipping to the Switch, which has ~85M sold, and several games at 20M+ sales, making the attach rate of around 25% or better, that's the type of numbers you'd want to see.

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                  July 28, 2021 9:17 AM

                  I’m kind of glad there hasn’t been a system seller for the ps5. I’d be even more upset if I was missing out on a title of that significance.

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                    July 28, 2021 9:20 AM

                    To add, even R&C: Rift Apart is only 1.1 M or 11% attach rate. So yeah, that might have been the system showcase, but its not the killer app, compared to how Super Mario Odyssey/Breath of the Wild helped to sell Switches at the start of its life.

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                      July 28, 2021 9:27 AM

                      Biggest difference for me is just the fact that I can’t buy a ps5. I would have gladly went out and got one just for Ratchet and Clank but that launch fervor is now gone.

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                    July 28, 2021 10:26 AM

                    Returnal is a system-seller, IMO. I figured I'd probably enjoy it, but it's honestly the most fun I've had with a video game in ages, and something pretty special.

                    Sadly, the kind of game it is means a lot of people will just never give it a shot or bounce off of it. Beyond the gameplay itself, there's just a lot of cool world and enemy and lore/story happening there.

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          July 28, 2021 9:21 AM

          I also wonder if, with Sony's new strategy in regards to making PC ports, these sales figures make it even more likely we'll see this on PC. So than recoup more of their investment

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            July 28, 2021 11:21 AM

            Jim Ryan said today they are looking forward to Nixxes doing more PC ports.

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              July 28, 2021 12:01 PM

              I mean that is what they do.

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          July 28, 2021 9:49 AM

          I think they burned alot of sales with the release price.

          I expec the sale numbers to pick-up when it drops down to half-price.

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            July 28, 2021 11:07 AM

            Don't see why this game needed a different price though.

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        July 28, 2021 6:32 AM

        Bots will do that.

        I managed to score one from AntOnline out of PURE luck.

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        July 28, 2021 6:40 AM

        Look man there’s only so many nice things you can have in your part of the country. If you want better ATMs and a PlayStation you gotta look elsewhere.

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        July 28, 2021 6:42 AM

        They don't exist. May I intrest you in the new sasquatch litter that was born in my barn? They have papers.

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        July 28, 2021 7:01 AM

        Separately, estimates of Xbox Series X/S are now at 6.5 million, which would make it MS's fastest selling console too. MS doesn't report hard numbers but this agrees with their recent report.

        https://twitter.com/zhugeex/status/1420141968546537472

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          July 28, 2021 7:03 AM

          Both are still selling out, the only one I can buy anytime is the Series S. It's always in stock in Amazon here.

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        July 28, 2021 7:42 AM

        It's all relevant. Sells to scalpers counts in favor of the MFR's sell thru numbers. They, and Amazon/Best Buy/Walmart/Game Stop, etc. Don't care who buys it. Money is money. Game hands is a whole different number and I don't think there's a way to track that beyond Sony's metrics on logins from PS5 machines. And, they're not going to share that.

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          July 28, 2021 7:58 AM

          Technically, these are all "shipped" numbers, not "sold", and thus, yes, doesn't really account for how many are ending up into the hands of actual consumers.

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            July 28, 2021 8:09 AM

            Right. Just saying the sell-thru number is usually the "truer" number, but right now it's a false number since scalpers are so bad.

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              July 28, 2021 9:00 AM

              How many do you think are in scalpers hands right now?

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              July 28, 2021 9:01 AM

              I think the number in actual gamers hands is pretty darn close to that 10 million. If scalpers were unable to resell them and were sitting in lots of unsold inventory they would stop buying them.

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                July 28, 2021 9:54 AM

                I see them listing for $800 on ebay today. Those "poor" gamers.

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        July 28, 2021 8:58 AM

        Still waiting for the Best Buy email to come pick up the one I ordered. 😢

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        July 28, 2021 9:04 AM

        I almost had one last week, but my bank was like "nah, you don't really need that."
        https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E6xcBVvXMAM8Hq3?format=jpg&name=medium

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        July 28, 2021 9:05 AM

        I wonder what portion of this can be attributed to people abandoning PCs due to high costs and unattainable hardware. :(

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          July 28, 2021 9:21 AM

          *raises hand* I’m not paying $600+ for a damn 3060. I’ll try again later next year.

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          July 28, 2021 9:45 AM

          I stopped trying to keep up with gaming PC hardware back on the PS3. Just use potatoes for browsing and WFH coding now. No ragrets.

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          July 28, 2021 2:10 PM

          That's me. A 3070 costs twice as much as my 1070 did and it's much harder to find than a PS5. The 3070 alone is $400 CAD more than the console. Add in a new CPU, motherboard, and RAM and it's a no-brainer.

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        July 28, 2021 9:33 AM

        It's not hard to set records when most/all of your hardware is being bought by scripts

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          July 28, 2021 10:10 AM

          Even if scalpers weren’t buying these, they’d still be selling out. It’s just they might last for minutes instead of seconds when they went available.

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            July 28, 2021 3:19 PM

            Yeah. All of that hardware is ending up in someone's hands one way or another

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          July 28, 2021 11:04 AM

          Do you really think scalpers are holding millions of consoles in storage waiting to be sold again?

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        July 28, 2021 10:20 AM

        Which consoles weren’t the best/fastest selling ever for the platform owner? Wii U? Given the ever expanding size of the gaming market you basically have to really fuck up to not outsell your last gen device.

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          July 28, 2021 10:47 AM

          PS3 for Sony

          Xbox One (initially) for MS

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      July 28, 2021 11:50 AM

      I was able to buy a ps5 because sony sent me an email link to buy one. Don't know how common that is or if I signed up to something a long time ago and forgot. It was certainly easy.

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      July 28, 2021 12:21 PM

      Each unit on average has been sold 1.7 times.

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      July 28, 2021 12:38 PM

      Anybody want a one time use code for 10% off PS4/PS5 games & accessories from direct.playstation.com? It expires tomorrow at 12 PM PST.

      I have no use for it.

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      July 28, 2021 4:43 PM

      Excellent

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