Sony Has Sold a Whopping 7.8 Million PS5s to Date
The PlayStation 5 still remains one of the most difficult video game consoles to get.
Sony has sold 7.8 million PlayStation 5 (PS5) units in just over five months, highlighting the huge demand for the highly coveted gaming console.
According to the company's financial results for the fourth quarter ending on March 31, Sony sold short of 8 million PS5 units and about 5.7 million PlayStation 4 units, with a majority of its total sales (ranging from video game consoles to TVs and smartphones) taking place in Japan and the U.S.
The company also boasted 109 million monthly active users on the PlayStation Network in the last three months.
Engadget reports that Sony's biggest challenge right now is manufacturing the PS5 console quickly enough for customers to buy them. Though the pandemic has certainly played an impact on the console's production, the company has also had difficulty in getting the semiconductors necessary for the system's operation.
In the U.S., the PS5 remains one of the hardest consoles to buy, as retailers like Walmart, GameStop, Target, Best Buy and Amazon have frequently sold out of the product. Gamers can still buy the console on third-party sites like eBay — although the purchase won't come without a significant cost. One PlayStation console, for instance, was listed for sale at $1,499.95 (more than $1,000 over its actual retail price).
Justin Chan is a news writer at Entrepreneur.com. Previously, he was a trending news editor at Verizon Media, where he covered entrepreneurship, lifestyle, pop culture, and tech. He was also an assistant web editor at Architectural Record, where he wrote on architecture, travel, and design. Chan has additionally written for Forbes, Reader's Digest, Time Out New York, HuffPost, Complex, and Mic. He is a 2013 graduate of Columbia Journalism School, where he studied magazine journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @jchan1109.