Sony, the giant gaming console, has been estimated to have delivered about 3.4 million PlayStation 5 (PS5) units within the first four weeks of its launch after its official release on 12 November last year. And it is classified as the highest reported shipment revenue ever to date in the history of the PlayStation consoles, according to a recent survey.
An article from the DigiTimes daily IT news website that was snipped by Serkan Toto of Kantan Games, Inc. The article reported that Sony shipped a total of 3.4 million units of the newly launched console. It has set a mark for every PlayStation system throughout its existence since it was released with the PS1 console version back in 1994.
PS5’s Big Market
The study also predicts PS5 developers to ship a huge quantity of about 16.8 to 19 million PS5 units in the coming year of 2021 owing to the strong demand for the software itself today and in the coming months on a global scale. As of January, more and more console units are now up for reservation in the Asian territory.
However, the website that acted as the news outlet could not often be as reliable as ever, the number of 3.4 million corresponds with the details from the media back in the earlier sections of this year. This revealed that Sony then intended to ship a total of 10 million PS5 units in the next year before the coming month of March. However, the unwavering response from console enthusiasts has culminated in a far higher demand worldwide for the new addition to the PlayStation console line.
The announcement of the PS5 last month was widely awaited in almost all parts of the world. As fans and game lovers of the console went about their way just to obtain their own unit of the PS5, their first week of availability saw a loss or scarcity of their units from shops and sellers.
The Growth of the Video Game Industry During the Pandemic
The intensified and pumped-up demand for the console may be seen as a result of what is occurring around the console: the COVID-19 virus pandemic has sparked lockdowns nearly everywhere, leaving citizens to hide in their houses. It ultimately contributed to a skyrocketing spike in revenues in the field of computer gaming and even in the whole video game industry.
But last month it also saw another huge introduction of what may be known as the biggest competitor console to the console series of PlayStation. Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, which are the newest update to the console series of Xbox, was also released and went live on the very same release date of the PS5 as November 12. The arrival of both consoles then raised demand so much that within the first week of their release, both consoles had shortages.