Last week NPD Groups Mat Piscatella dropped this incredible bomb. The PS5 is not undisputed console-king of the United States of America, at launch at least. Yee-haw! The PS5’s record-breaking sales have now surpassed all other console sales at the four months post-launch point. Considering that Sony’s current generation console launched amid the considerable background noise of a global pandemic, that’s pretty incredible.
The PS5 would also have taken the sales crown in February, had it not been for the continuing success of the Nintendo Switch. This perhaps down to the incredible, and prolonged success of the Mario franchise. Super Mario 3D World + Bowsers Fury picked up best individual game sales in February, with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War taking the silver medal.
Despite Nintendo’s continued glory, it seems the PS5 has been nothing short of an unmitigated success for Sony. Last year alone sales of the console were over 5 times higher than those of it’s Microsoft counterpart, the Xbox Series X. After four months, sales had equalled those of the PS4 at launch, with over 4.5 million units sold worldwide
Whether Sony can continue its winning streak further into this generation’s competition remains to be seen. With increasingly aggressive acquisition behaviour from Microsoft, and as rumours circulate of future studios likely to follow in Bethesda’s footsteps, at this point nothing is certain. Nevertheless, this hasn’t deterred PlayStation boss Jim Ryan’s determination, recently revealing that Sony were expecting total lifetime sales to exceed 100m units. A lofty ambition, but at this stage in the race, they are more than a nose ahead of the pack.
“Video games are great. I should know, I’ve played some.”
Olly S, July 2020