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PS5  Shipped 3.4 Million Units in 4 Weeks, According to Report

PS5 Shipped 3.4 Million Units in 4 Weeks, According to Report - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 March 2021 / 3,870 Views

Sony was able to ship 3.4 million units of the PlayStation 5 in its first four weeks available, which is a new record for a PlayStation console. This is according to a report from Digitimes who cites "industry sources."

As a comparison, VGChartz estimates the PS5 sold 3.37 million units through its first four weeks on sale. The PS5 has sold 241,962 units in Japan through December 20, according to Famitsu figures.

The report from Digitimes also expects production of the PS5 in 2021 to reach between 16.8 million to 18 million units. This has been helped by increased capacity from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and backend service firms. 

Shipment priority was given to North America and Europe in November and December, but that will change as the Asian markets are expected to get more PS5 consoles in early 2021. 


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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17 Comments
Xeon (on 29 December 2020)

Good news that they're able to produce more. I know quite a few who were left with no PS5.

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Knitemare Xeon (on 29 December 2020)

Yep. i was looking for one with no luck. Unless i want to pay 1.5k dlls

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Cerebralbore101 (on 30 December 2020)

Ahhhh yes. The truth is finally setting in. Sony will once again completely trounce Microsoft in console sales. Like TrunksWD said PS5 is on track to shatter the PS4's first year record. Get ready for another runaway sales train like the Switch was. :P

This is what happens when you make good single player content, and have a good launch lineup.

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VAMatt Cerebralbore101 (on 01 January 2021)

I don't doubt that PS5 will outsell XBS/X. But, there is no evidenxe of that so far. Both have sold all available units. So, based on the information we have available, demand appears to be equal.

I'm sure it isn't equal, which is why I'm confident that the PS5 will sell better than XB. But, there isn't any current-gen sales data to support my position.

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Ryotsu (on 29 December 2020)

Very well

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Kristof81 (on 30 December 2020)

And how many of them have been activated?

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EnricoPallazzo (on 30 December 2020)

It seems we will keep having shortages and scalpers problems for at least two more quarters. Maybe more.

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AFattyGamer (on 29 December 2020)

Is Sony ... really going to have the potential ... to ... sell up to 18 million units .... IN ONE YEAR?! HOLY SHIIIIIIT

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trunkswd AFattyGamer (on 29 December 2020)

PS4 did sell that much more than once.

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AFattyGamer AFattyGamer (on 29 December 2020)

@trunkswd What were the PS4's 1st year numbers, if you don't mind me asking? The PS5 is looking to surpass PS4's 1st year sales numbers.

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trunkswd AFattyGamer (on 29 December 2020)

We have PS4 sales at 13.73 million in 2014. PS5 is set to shatter that by a lot. Switch sold 13.12 million in 2017. Best years ever were for the DS with 2 years just under 30 million, followed by the Switch in 2020, which is on track to fall just short of the DS records according to our estimates.

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AFattyGamer AFattyGamer (on 29 December 2020)

@trunkswd That's insane numbers friend. Thank you very much for info :). Wow ... 13.73 million the PS4 did and PS5 is set to beat by at least 5 million give or take. I don't know if PS5 can have a year like the DS did cause that machine was a phenomenon. But the PS5 is looking to be a phenomenon as well ... Keep it up VGChartz! 2021 is going to be chaos lol

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dmillos AFattyGamer (on 30 December 2020)

I think it is important to highlight that the first full year of the Switch was 2018, It sold ~16.3M in those 12 months. The Wii Sold ~16.5M.
Hopefully we will have the PS5 be another console that tops 16M on its second calendar year.

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Original (on 29 December 2020)
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Jannlee48504 (on 29 December 2020)
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