PlayStation Boasts Staggering Statistics For PS5, PlayStation Plus, and First-Party Games Sales

Published 04/28/2021, 4:59 AM EDT
Living room with a Sony PlayStation 5 home video game console and DualSense controller alongside a television, taken on Novemebr 3, 2020. (Photo by Phil Barker/Future Publishing via Getty Images )


Gamers around the world have entered the new generation of gaming with the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X/S. As expected, the demand for both the consoles has been sky-scraping since release. So much so that Sony and Microsoft are currently struggling to satisfy it.

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The coronavirus pandemic has severely affected the production capacity of both the console giants. Accordingly, a plethora of gamers haven’t been able to get their hands on a PS5 or a Xbox Series X/S yet.

Despite the supply shortage, the latest numbers by PlayStation look very promising. The PS5 is already on its way to become the company’s most successful console, and the total subscribers of subscription services like PS Plus are also rising steadily.

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PlayStation 5 has sold in almost 8 million units since release

The PS5 released in November 2020 with two outstanding exclusives. These included Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls. Naturally, this gave the console an edge over Microsoft’s Xbox Series X/S, patrons of which are eagerly waiting for Halo Infinite.

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As of March 31, 2021, the PS5 has sold in over 7.8 million units. In contrast, the PS4 had sold in over 7.6 million units in the same timeframe which makes the new-gen console’s sales even more impressive.

First-party games have undoubtedly played a huge role in popularizing PlayStation consoles over the years. This trend has remained prevalent even in the past fiscal year, as 17% or 58.4 million games that were sold in for the PS4 and the PS5 in 2020-21 were first-party exclusives.

PS Plus subscribers have significantly increased in 2020-21

PS Plus is a great subscription service for gamers who wish to try out new games every month, and multiplayer fans who want to become a part of the global community of online gamers.

Amidst nationwide lockdowns and restrictions, the total number of PlayStation Plus subscribers touched 47.6 million. This is a big jump from 41.5 million subscribers at the same time last year.

Daniel Ahmed, through a Twitter thread, informed the community about the aforementioned statistics.

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The total monthly active users for PlayStation network has reduced to 109 million from 114 million last year. Regardless of that, the company has outdone itself in terms of console, first-party games, and PS Plus sales.

Sony has promised fans around the world that it will soon increase the production of the PS5. The demand for the console is still significantly higher than its supply. Hence, it is safe to assume that we’ll witness ever better numbers when the manufacturers reach their true potential.

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Aakrit Sharma

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Aakrit Sharma is an eSports author at EssentiallySports, and has written over 600 articles for their eSports division. He is an undergradate student at Delhi University. From getting chased by The Dahaka while playing Prince of Persia Warrior Within, to sweating his way up in ranked Apex Legends matches, he developed his consuming passion for the massive world of gaming and now writes about it with the same enthusiasm.

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