PS5 Shipped 4.5 Million Units in 2020, Matches PS4’s Launch

Sony has announced that the PlayStation 5 shipped 4.5 million units in 2020, matching the PlayStation 4’s launch in 2013.

Revealed during Sony’s Q3 FY2020 results, the game and network services segment of Sony saw a 40% increase year-on-year, in big part due to the launch of the PS5 on November 13, 2020.

Sony also confirmed that there was “loss resulting from strategic price points for PS5 hardware that were set lower than manufacturing costs.” The PS4, which shipped 1.4 million units in the same time frame, saw “higher profit margins” in hardware costs. In the same quarter last year, PS4 shipped 6.0 million units.

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PS5 and PS4 game unit sales reached 103.7 million, up from 83.3 million in the same quarter in 2019. First-party titles accounted for 18.4 million of the total game sales. Year-on-year, total game sales and first-party game sales are up from 83.3 million and 16.3 million, respectively.

While digital game sales were down from 59% to 53% of the total game sales, they were up from the 50% in the same quarter in 2019.

It was also announced that Mavel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales sold through approximately 4.1 million units by the end of December 2020.

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PlayStation Plus saw its subscriber count reach 47.4 million, and there were 114 million monthly active users on the PlayStation Network in the quarter. Furthermore, 87% of PS5 users are subscribers to PlayStation Plus.

For more on PlayStation, check out your PlayStation Wrap Up to see you gaming stats from 2020, the state of PlayStation Studios, and the Best PS5 games.

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