Sony shipped 4.5 million PlayStation 5 models worldwide in 2020, as revealed by data published alongside the corporate’s newest earnings report. The quantity highlights Sony’s present capability to mass-produce the console, which has been extremely difficult to buy since its launch in November.

Demand for the PlayStation Four dropped dramatically year-on-year, with 1.Four million models shipped within the October-December quarter — a 77 p.c lower from the earlier yr. Sony really managed to promote fewer PS4s within the vacation quarter than it did from July to September.

Sony’s gaming enterprise total carried out a lot better than a yr in the past, with analyst Daniel Ahmad noting that it was really the very best quarter in PlayStation historical past. Income elevated 40 p.c to 883.2 billion yen ($8.Four billion), partly pushed by PS5 gross sales. Working revenue was up by 50 p.c to 80.2 billion yen ($763.three million) due to larger sport gross sales, PlayStation Plus subscriptions, and higher margins on PS4 {hardware}.

Sony does notice, nonetheless, that bills associated to the PS5 launch offset a few of its revenue features, and likewise confirms that the PS5 {hardware} itself is being offered for lower than it prices to make. A loss was incurred resulting from “strategic price points for PS5 hardware that were set lower than the manufacturing costs,” the corporate says.

There’s not a lot to learn into PS5 gross sales numbers till individuals who wish to purchase one are literally in a position to take action. However on the very least, the console’s launch appears to be broadly comparable in measurement to the PS4’s; the PS4 additionally shipped 4.5 million models in its launch quarter.

Microsoft didn’t launch particular gross sales figures for the Xbox Sequence X or Sequence S with its earnings report last week, however the firm did say that Xbox {hardware} income was up 86 p.c year-on-year.

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