PlayStation 5Sony publishes its latest financial report for fiscal year 2020, covering the January-March quarter. Records for the Japanese company Sony Corporation has presented its financial report for the last quarter of fiscal year 2020 (Q4 / FY2020) which ended March 31. The Japanese company thus confirms a year of records, a cycle characterized by the severity of the pandemic and records from the digital market that are completely fired. The multinational informs its investors about this PlayStation 5 has already shipped 7.8 million units worldwide; By December 31, it had sold 4.5 million copies. The fastest-selling console to date.
For reference, PlayStation 4 sold 4.5 million copies and 3.1 million consoles in the first two quarters, bringing in a total of 7.6 million in the same period in late 2013 and early 2014. PS5 surpasses 200,000 copies in the first half. of its predecessor (five calendar months).
115.9 million consoles have been sold on PS4 since launch
As for the already seasoned Sony domestic platform, released in November 2013 in Western markets, it shipped an additional 1.0 million more copies during the first quarter of 2021 and closed the fiscal year with a total of 5.7 million consoles (as of April 1 2020 to March 31, 2021). In total, PS4 has sold 115.9 million copies since its premiere and is being cemented as the second best-selling console in PlayStation history; behind only the 155 million consoles distributed on PS2.
At the software level, Sony claims to have sold more than 338.9 million video games between PS4 and PS5 in the entire fiscal year that ended 2020, 58.4 million of which were first party, exclusive titles from Sony and the PlayStation Studios label. The digital market accounted for 79% of total sales in the past quarter, 65% according to the annual average.
Despite good results with PS5, its new-generation console – available in two models, one with a disc player and the other digital only – its domestic platform is experiencing serious inventory issues that won’t improve until the second half of 2021, the company expects. self. Therefore, the figure represents the maximum number of units shipped so far as demand is greater than supply.
Foxconn and AMD have been expecting inventory problems for months
It was in early April that we learned that the shortage of semiconductor chips and components will remain as it is until the second quarter of 2022, according to Foxconn CEO estimates. It is the largest electronic components manufacturer in the world, supplier to all kinds of technology companies. On the other hand AMD, the manufacturer of the processors and graphics chips for both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S, expects production of the new consoles’ CPUs and GPUs to continue at a pace that will not respond to high demand until the second half of this year.