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Sony Sold as Many PS5 Pre-Orders in 12 Hours as PS4 Did in 12 Weeks in the US

Sony Sold as Many PS5 Pre-Orders in 12 Hours as PS4 Did in 12 Weeks in the US - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 November 2020 / 2,799 Views

Sony is getting ready to launch its next-generation console, the PlayStation 5, in a little over two weeks. Demand for the console has been very high and we now have some idea on how much demand there is.

Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan in an interview with Reuters said Sony has sold as many PlayStation 5 console pre-orders in the first 12 hours as the first 12 weeks of the PlayStation 4 in the US. 

"The demand as expressed by the level of pre-order has been has been very, very considerable," said Ryan.

Sony Sold as Many PS5 Pre-Orders in 12 Hours as PS4 Did in 12 Weeks in the US

Ryan says that everyone who wants to buy a PS5 on launch day might not be able to get one. 

"It may well be that not everybody who wants to buy a PS5 on launch day will be able to find one," he added. "[Sony is] working as hard as we ever can."

The PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12 in the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, and in the rest of the world on November 19. The PlayStation 5 will be priced at $499.99 / ¥49,980 / €499.99 / £449.99, while the Digital Edition will be priced at $399.99 / ¥39,980 / €399.99 / £359.99.


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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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11 Comments

JWeinCom (on 27 October 2020)

Possibly true, but also possibly misleading.

I worked retail when the PS4 came out. Our preorders were done within a day or so, and we periodically added them as Sony guaranteed us more stock. If they did things differently this time, and had a better idea in advance how they were going to allocate stock, that might lead to more day one preorders, but the same amount overall. Not saying that's the case, but a possibility.

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abronn627 (on 27 October 2020)

Yeah, same thing for us when we opened preorders on PS4. Allocations were added on a monthly basis.

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mjk45 (on 27 October 2020)

it is a bit ambiguous but it looks to me like they are comparing PS5 pre order numbers against PS4's first 12 weeks of sales not PS4's preorders.

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Blood_Tears (on 27 October 2020)

Well we had 1 million pre-orders in NA for PS4 launch day so if true I am expecting more for PS5.

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Angelv577 (on 28 October 2020)

It looks like an exaggerated PR but one thing is for sure, ps5 is gonna sell out everything it can produce. The sales will be limited to production.

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Stuart23 (on 27 October 2020)

I am rooting for as many sales as possible, but there are too many variables here. Like how they are dealing with the stock waves for both consoles. The PS4 had its long periods out of stock, if they are comparing with those days were stores kept waiting for Sony to let them open up the preorders again, it just tells us that they are allocating more stock out of the gate this time.

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aiwass (on 27 October 2020)

Maybe the boatloads of cash in marketing Microsoft has pushed in their marketing to hypnotize people into forgetting the past seven years isn’t working as well as they’d hoped.

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Dallinor (on 27 October 2020)

Comparing hours to weeks with pre-orders in waves? Yeah...lets just wait on some hard numbers.

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shikamaru317 (on 27 October 2020)

I'm somewhat doubtful to say the least. I'm not sure how many weeks PS4 was available for preorder for before launch, but I'm guessing it wasn't longer than 12 weeks. And PS4 sold 982k first week in the US, almost all from preorders. So basically Sony wants us to believe that PS5 sold 1m+ that night went preorders went live early and PS5 sold out in about 2 hours. Or maybe I'm wrong and PS4 was available for preorder longer than 12 weeks in the US.

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abronn627 (on 27 October 2020)

GameStop opened preorders for both the PS4 and XB1 right after E3 and allocation were limited at first, but more allocation were guaranteed on the months that followed.

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