Sony’s PS5 console has officially surpassed 50 million sales in a little over three years, and it’s showing no sign of slowing down!
The console has seen tremendous success in the three years since the PlayStation 5’s November 2020 launch.
And despite the device’s early supply issues, Sony has announced that the console has now hit another massive milestone. But compared to other PlayStation generations, the PS5 still has a long way to go.
How Many PS5s Have Been Sold?
As of December 20, 2023, Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that over 50 million PS5 consoles have been sold in total.
“Achieving this PS5 sales milestone is a testament to the unwavering support of the global PlayStation community and their passion for the incredible experiences created by the talented developers from PlayStation Studios and our partners,” said Sony Boss Jim Ryan.
That’s an extra 10 million sold since July 2023, when the Microsoft Federal Trade Commission court case revealed that Sony’s console was already at 40 million sales.
Perhaps the release of the PlayStation-exclusive Spider-Man 2, and early access to this year’s Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 were enough to push sales up before the year’s end.
Even Game of the Year winner Baldur’s Gate came to PS5 significantly before its Xbox launch date, which may have swayed undecided gamers on Sony’s console over Microsoft’s.
In addition, the new PS5 Slim line-up may have inspired a few players to purchase a second console – or replace their existing device.
How This Compares to Other PlayStation Sales
Here’s a look at how the 50 million PS5 sales currently compare to past PlayStation consoles:
We still have a way to go until the PS5 beats the PS4’s record of 117.2 million total sales.
To this day, the PlayStation 2 still sits at the top of the list of best-selling consoles, with upwards of a whopping 155 million sales. It’s not looking likely that the newest Sony console will top the charts, but it stands a good chance of reaching a similar level of success to the PS4.
In fact, when comparing sales in the same period after release, PS5 sales are tracking just one week behind PS4 sales, indicating that the current-gen console could eventually surpass its predecessor.
This performance is especially impressive given that the newer console’s launch was hindered by a major chip shortage leading to stock issues.
As Jim Ryan points out, this is the first holiday season since launch where Sony has a full supply of PS5 consoles.
Had it not been for supply problems, we could be looking at an even larger number right now.
But when the rumored PS5 Pro launches, we reckon Sony will see a massive boost that could take the PS5 up a few places on the table above.