The PS5 has shipped 7.8 million units worldwide, Sony announced in its financial results. Coincidentally, this figure actually exceeds Sony’s own forecast of 7.6 million PlayStation 5’s by 200,000 units. A number which has garnered the console as the fastest selling console launch worldwide
PS5 Tops 7.8 Million Units Worldwide
In Sony’s financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021, the company detailed staggering results. In the three month span between January and March, PS5 shipped 3.3 million units. The company also discussed at length some other key contributors to their sustained success this quarter.
PS Plus Subscribers reached a total of 47.6 million, an increase from the 41.5 this point last year. Next, we learned monthly active users on PSN has reached 109 million. The number of PS Plus Subscribers, combined with the increase in sales of digital content, has helped offset the loss from hardware.
Sony’s First-Party Showing Strong Numbers
First party wise, PlayStation Studios has contributed a decent sized cut of the pie. Sony expects an increase in revenue from first party titles from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. In the last fiscal year, Sony sold 58.4 million first party games. This year it expects an even stronger slate. Which, would seem insane, right?
Last fiscal year, Sony released The Last of Us Part II, Ghost of Tsushima, Dreams, Demon’s Souls, Sackboy A Big Adventure & Spider-Man Miles Morales to name a few. Theoretically, they’re expecting Returnal, Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart, Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7 and God of War to exceed those numbers. Of course, this isn’t taking into account any other games yet to be revealed. At the same time, I’m also including God of War, Gran Turismo 7 and Horizon Forbidden West while not knowing if those games will hit the timeframe.
Interesting to think about regardless.
Sony Music also contributes to the companies success with Anime, Music and perhaps most importantly, Mobile. Sony distributes massive hits like Fate Grand Order and Disney Twisted Wonderland. Together the segment has generated 1.3 Billion in fiscal year 2020.
All of these placed together, leads to Sony’s best year ever for its Game & Network Services division. In total, the segment reported $25.03 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31st, 2021. While, making over $3 billion in profit. Sony, expects next fiscal year to report just as strongly and with manufacturing ramping up, its hard to disagree with their projection.