Sony Has Sold Almost 8 Million PlayStation 5 Consoles

Posted on April 28, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in PlayStation with 6 Comments

Despite rampant component shortages, Sony still managed to sell 7.8 million PlayStation 5 consoles through the end of March 2021. That exceeds the number of PlayStation 4 consoles—7.6 million—that it had sold during the same time frame following that console’s launch in 2013.

Sony reported that it earned a net income of $1 billion on revenues of $21 billion during the quarter that ended March 31; the latter figure represents a gain of 27 percent year-over-year (YOY). And gaming accounted for $300 million of the net income and $6 billion of the revenues.

The star of the show, of course, is the PlayStation 5. Sony sold 4.5 million units in the console’s launch quarter and then another 3.3 million in the most recent quarter, putting Sony on track to achieve its goal of selling 8 million units by the end of the fiscal year (which happens at the conclusion of the current quarter). But the PS4 is still hanging on, too: Sony sold another one million units of its previous console, bringing the total number of consoles sold to 116 million.

Sony also reported that its PlayStation Plus subscriber base grew 14.7 percent in the quarter to 47.6 million.

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6 responses to “Sony Has Sold Almost 8 Million PlayStation 5 Consoles”

  1. yoshi

    Pretty amazing considering how quiet Sony has been so far this generation.

  2. bettyblue

    At some point you would think with Game Pass, the EA part of Game Pass, the Bethesda buy out, and general shortages that some PS users would consider the Xbox.


    I buy both every generation but I am seriously considering not picking up a PS this time around. MLB the show is the only Sony inclusive I have ever cared about and that is now on the Xbox. Plus with Microsofts mountain of money and them buying Bethesda some new games coming from that purchase might not ever hit the PS or if they do a good year or more after I am done playing them on the Xbox.


    If Microsoft picks up another big studio it could be bad for Sony. Then again if they buy another big studio there could be law suits flying left and right.

    • napkatz

      In reply to bettyblue:

      Sony has some solid exclusives: Spider-Man being big one. Then there's Ratchet and Clank, Uncharted, God of War, etc... Simply put, you want to play those? You need a Playstation.


      Microsoft is trying to turn that tide by buying studios. Personally, I own an XBox Series X and don't have any plans to buy a Playstation 5. Just don't have the time to work through two sets of exclusives.

  3. scovious

    I wonder if Sony will regret rushing to manufacturing with the PS5 in return for having guaranteed highest sales numbers, even though it cost them full having the full HDMI 2.1 feature set. Then again, their TV's don't even support the full HDMI 2.1 spec so maybe it was related to company synergy. In the long run it might be a bad decision but in these early days momentum can be valuable.

  4. rsfarris

    I really do want to know how many of these were sold to bots (I don't mean this in a "yeah, but" kind of way, either--just pure curiosity). How many active Xbox Series/PS5 consoles would be interesting numbers to see in comparison with the sales data.

  5. robinwilson16

    Considering how impossible it is to purchase either PS5 or Xbox One Series X this is impressive and presumably all those people either pre-ordered, refresh the product listing pages all day long or got lucky.

    The winner this generation may be the company who can manufacture consoles the fastest given the continued lack of supply.

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