PlayStation 5 has been rolling off shelves since it launched in November 2020. In the early days of next-gen consoles, it had become difficult to spot this alluring console in stock at retail stores and online markets. Due to detrimental availability issues, many enthusiasts eventually bought the PS5 at scalped prices.
However, Sony’s next-gen console has sold like hotcakes worldwide despite the massive stock and supply chain issues it faced for most of its lifetime. Sony has amped up imports by 400% to prepare for the upcoming holiday season. The well-famed console has also finally reached the anticipated figures for sales in Japan.
- PlayStation 5 has finally crossed the 2 million mark in Japan, two years after its strumbled release.
- The boost in sales and the 2 million figure go hand in hand with the recent stock improvements.
- The supply chain issues appear to have been fixed in the Japanese region, judging by the figures.
- The PlayStation 5 has taken a little more months to reach this goal when compared to the PlayStation 4.
As per a new report by Famitsu, the next-gen PlayStation 5 has reached a new milestone in Japan by garnering over 2 million total consoles sold in the region. The retail version of PlayStation 5 sold a stunning 1,749,737 units, and the PS5 digital edition contributed 278,046 sales, making the total figure 2,027,783.
The retail sales are much higher in contrast to the digital edition because the gaming community in Japan still prefers the retail business. Japan’s sales figure would have been much higher if not for a few hindrances. The primary cause behind the impediment was the pandemic that affected all industries in the world.
PlayStation 5 has gone through a lot of hurdles but still managed to maintain its numbers against competitors like the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S. The latest achievement is highly commendable and has been expected by many hardware analysts since the PS5 reached the one million mark on 9th September last year.
However, the PlayStation 5 is a little late to the party to reach the 2 million mark in Japan when compared to some of its predecessors. The PlayStation 4 took roughly 20 months to reach the 2 million figure in Japan, while the PlayStation 5 is about 2 to 3 months late.
The lagging in numbers could have been prolonged if Sony had failed to handle the pandemic effectively. A few months ago, in June, Sony’s next-gen console reached a staggering 20 million sales figures worldwide. However, it has struggled to sell in vast amounts in certain regions due to the lack of stock and availability issues.
Sony has responded to the stock issues, and PS5s are already starting to become available in retail stores worldwide, including in Germany. The US and UK have also seen an enormous number of PS5 arriving in retail and online stores; it will only get better from here for the PlayStation 5.
This year has already proven to be better for the PS5 regarding sales compared to 2021.
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