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PlayStation CEO: PS5 to Outsell PS4 in First Fiscal Year

PlayStation CEO: PS5 to Outsell PS4 in First Fiscal Year - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 April 2021 / 3,078 Views

PlayStation President and CEO Jim Ryan in an interview with Naver discussed the upcoming launch of the PlayStation 5. He says the PlayStation 5 will sell more than the PlayStation 4 did in its first fiscal year.

"[The PS5 will] sell more in its first fiscal year than [we] sold in the first fiscal year at the time of [the] PS4 launch," said Ryan. 

The PS4 sold more than seven million units from its release in November 2013 to April 6, 2014. That put PS5 sales at over seven million units by the end of March. 

The PS4 within a matter of months had a comfortable lead over main rival, the Xbox One, and in the end, outsold it by more than two to one. There are no predictions from Microsoft on how well they expect the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S to sell.

PS5 vs PS4

Reports are showing the PS5, and Xbox Series X and S, are setting pre-order records. Both consoles are expected to sell out at launch and be hard to find until early 2021. 

Thanks, GamesIndustry.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Xxain (on 06 October 2020)

If they can ship 10mill PS5's then they will sell that many. They will sell whatever they ship.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 07 October 2020)

xbox didn't screw up this time like last time,
so this is quite the bold prediction,

if halo was launch title i would've seen xbox 50-50 in usa
but rest of the world tilts to sony's favor,

but since xbox doesnt have much to offer in its exclusive launch library perhaps SONY is indeed in a favorable position!

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TheBraveGallade (on 06 October 2020)

honestly not hard to do with enough supplies in launch year if you are not a collosol fuck up like the wii U's launch

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Somini (on 06 October 2020)

This is a given by now, PS5 will outdo PS4 with ease. What's good about this though is that Sony will have the stock available for it to do so. A lot of people, among them my brothers did not not succeed in pre ordering one, so this will give them a better chance of finding one that much sooner.

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AFattyGamer (on 06 October 2020)

If Sony meets this supply and demand Sony PS5 will outdo the Sony PS4. Sony wants that 10+ million bag by March baby :D! BRING ON NOVEMBER!

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Burning Typhoon (on 06 October 2020)

I read the title, and assumed it meant lifetime PS4 sales, and wondered why he'd say such a thing. Now I feel silly.

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mutantsushi (on 06 October 2020)

Let's be honest: THIS ISN'T NEWS. We already know production rate and launch allotment (pre-sales) is significantly higher, so THAT ALONE already fulfills "Sell[ing] more in fiscal year". There isn't even any specific target/prediction for fiscal year, so basically there is zero new substance.

VGChartz: Please stop regurgitating every single press release just because you scraped it from some other click bait site. That is just not quality engagement. Put basic effort into assessing whether something is actually noteworthy or not. Then you can spend more time writing blurbs explaining the context of those events that ARE noteworthy, instead of reproducing this waste of time crap.

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AFattyGamer mutantsushi (on 06 October 2020)

@mutantsushi That's not very nice friend. VGChartz are very knowledgeable and reputable. They only report facts and they try their hardest to make sure we gamers get all news Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony related as quick and concise as possible. I consider VGChartz, CNET, and Forbes the best non bias places to get my gaming news :)

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AsGryffynn (on 06 October 2020)

Err... how? We're in the middle of a pandemic. I'd expect sales to be equal to or slightly slower given the reduced purchasing power of many (if not all) countries.

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Xxain AsGryffynn (on 06 October 2020)

Have you been under a rock or are you pretending that PS5 preorders did not cause mayhem?

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mutantsushi AsGryffynn (on 06 October 2020)

Well as long as you haven't bet real money on this prediction you're safe. Just PS5 pre-orders are higher, with production like 50% above PS4 rates. The most price sensitive (read: poor) consumers are not buying consoles in launch year at full launch prices. People with the money are sitting at home without their usual hobbies or spending outlets, and gaming is outlet that is available to them. Not to mention vaccines should be hitting by middle of next year, even if most countries can't get their shit together to smash down the virus like China and New Zealand did.

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Vendrom (on 06 October 2020)

Will they even produce this many units in the span of these months? And most importantly, do they think their competitor will bring another Xbox One for this gen? It looks like Microsoft takes some really careful steps now and gets consumer's trust. They also have two consoles that meet demand for both hardcore and casual gamers, with the correct price tag. Add the ignorance of Sony here and Jim Ryan's expectations don't seem realistic.

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Cerebralbore101 (on 06 October 2020)

If Sony actually managed to pull that off, you could kiss Xbox fans' dreams of making marketshare headway this gen goodbye.

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hunter_alien Cerebralbore101 (on 06 October 2020)

Pretty much this. MS might be looking at 4 million by that time and the sales ratio will remain the same for the remaining of the generation.

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