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Sony has already sold 7.8 million PS5 consoles

Sony has set a new record for the 2020 financial year. The Japanese company posted an operating profit of $ 3.14 billion - a record high. The current company report also offers an insight into the sales figures of the Playstation 5. By March 31, Sony had sold around 7.8 million next-gen consoles.

Supply still scarce

Of these, 4.5 million were shipped worldwide by the end of 2020, according to Sony's previous report. This means that 3.3 million consoles were sold between January and March 2021. The availability of the new game console still seems to be bad because the demand is still greater than the supply. In the last quarter more could be sold, because Sony had ramped up the production of the new Playstation before its release, reports "The Verge".

More Playstation Plus members

The number of Playstation Plus subscribers, Sony's online gaming service, also grew to 47.6 million customers, an increase of 14.7 percent compared to the previous year. Since most games with an online function require a membership in Playstation Plus, this increase can be interpreted as a consequence of the pandemic.

Historic success in USA

With the numbers for the fourth quarter, the entire Playstation business posted an operating profit of 342.2 billion yen (3.14 billion dollars) in fiscal 2020 - a record for Sony. In the US, the PS5 is celebrating a historic success. According to the market research institute NPD, the PS5 is now the console that sold the fastest in the first five months after its release.

Business with the Playstation 4 is gradually stalling, but Sony sold another million copies in the last quarter. In total, the PS4 was purchased 115.9 million times. (red, April 28, 2021)