Sony shipped 4.5 milion PlayStation 5 in 2020, consoles are being sold at a loss –

Sony ships 3x more PS5 consoles than PS4

Sony has shipped 4.5 million PS5 consoles between October to December last year. This is 3.2x more than PS4 consoles at the same time. The older console sees a 77% decrease in shipment compared to the previous year. 

The company confirmed that PlayStation 5 is sold at a loss, which is “resulting from strategic price points for PS5 hardware that were set lower than manufacturing costs.” It also noted that it is still on track to meet its goal of 7.6 million PS5 sales by the end of March 2021.

PlayStation 5 vs PlayStation 4 YtY sales, Source: Sony

In software, Sony has noticed an increase to 103.7 million game units sold, which is an increase from 83.3 million in the same quarter in 2019. From that number, 18.4 million units were sold by Sony directly (first-party titles).

Microsoft did not disclose the number of sold units during its earnings report. The company reported that hardware revenue was up 86% year on year though.

Next-Generation Gaming Consoles Sony PlayStation 5 Sony Play Station 5 Digital Xbox Series X Xbox Series S
GPU Clock
GPU Power
Max. Bandwidth
Built-in Storage




512GB PCie Gen 4 NVME SSD

Storage Speed (Raw)
Expansion Card NVMe SSD Slot NVMe SSD Slot 1TB card 1TB card
Media Support 4K UHD Blu-ray Digital only 4K UHD Blu-ray Digital only
Performance Target 4K @ 60fps, up to 120fps 4K @ 60fps, up to 120fps 4K @ 60fps, up to 120fps 1440p @ 60fps, up to 120fps
Display Connectors HDMI 2.1 HDMI 2.1 HDMI 2.1 HDMI 2.1
Release Date November 12/19 November 12/19 November 10 November 10

Source: Sony via The Verge

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