PlayStation 5 Sales Exceed 30 Million, Strengthening Lead over Xbox Series X|S

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PlayStation fans who can’t find a PS5 for sale probably aren’t looking hard enough, according to Jim Ryan, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, who took to the stage at CES 2023 on Wednesday and revealed that PS5 supply has improved to such an extent that the company was able to peg December as its biggest month ever for PS5 sales, resulting in a new worldwide tally of 30 million units sold since the console’s release in November 20, 2020.

“PS5 supply improved towards the end of last year,” Ryan mentioned during Sony’s CES 2023 press conference in Las Vegas on January 4. “I’m happy to share that December was the biggest month ever for PS5 console sales, and that we’ve now sold more than 30 million units through to consumers worldwide.”

“Everyone who wants a PS5 should have a much easier time finding one at retailers globally, starting from this point forward,” the executive went on to say.

According to recent data shared by VGChartz, Sony’s new sales numbers would put the PS5 far ahead of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X|S consoles, which have reportedly sold around 20,600,000 units since their debut.

Topping both is the Nintendo Switch, however, which is listed with 118,987,822 units sold.

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PlayStation fans have pointed out that PS5’s sales performance is especially remarkable, being that Sony had increased the price of its console in select markets last year due to the global economic environment, including high inflation rates.

“SIE has made the difficult decision to increase the recommended retail price (RRP) of PlayStation 5 in select markets across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Asia-Pacific (APAC), Latin America (LATAM), as well as Canada,” Ryan announced in a post on the PlayStation blog dated August 25, 2022. “There will be no price increase in the United States.”

Momentum for the PlayStation brand is as strong as ever, with new hardware coming out next month in the form of the PS VR2, a next-generation VR headset, coupled with anticipated exclusives that include Final Fantasy XVI.

Sony continues to offer PS5 in two options, the cheapest of which lacks a disc drive and costs $399.99.

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Tsing Mui
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