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PS5 Had the Biggest Console Launch in History, Says PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan

PS5 Had the Biggest Console Launch in History, Says PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 May 2021 / 2,918 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan during Sony's CES press conference announced the PlayStation 5 was the biggest launch ever for Sony and was the biggest video game console launch in history. 

He did not provide any exact figures during the announcement. He did mention PlayStation IPs expanding to new audiences with the upcoming Uncharted movie starring Tom Holland and The Last of Us HBO series.

The PlayStation 5 has sold through an estimated 4.48 million units through December 26, according to VGChartz estimates.

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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LivncA_Dis3 (on 11 January 2021)

Woohoo!congrats sony hopefully I get my console too!

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Yassgragra (on 11 January 2021)

All I hear is “mine is bigger than yours”..

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AFattyGamer (on 12 January 2021)

Lets go Sony!!!! I've still got my eye on you Mr . Jim Ryan ... Lead Sony and PlayStation to new heights. PS5 is coming for it!

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Ryotsu (on 12 January 2021)


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DonFerrari (on 12 January 2021)

So a no news new... nothing new to see.

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siebensus4 (on 11 January 2021)

...and what about software sales?

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Azzanation siebensus4 (on 11 January 2021)

Cant sell software if consumers don't have the consoles...

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siebensus4 Azzanation (on 15 January 2021)

After the biggest console launch in history, consumers should have consoles.

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Azzanation siebensus4 (on 15 January 2021)

Do consumers actually have them?

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xl-klaudkil (on 12 January 2021)

And switch still beat it.

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KratosLives xl-klaudkil (on 12 January 2021)

Switch is for kids, the rest are for mature people

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SuperNintend0rk KratosLives (on 12 January 2021)

Spoken like a true man child lol

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KratosLives SuperNintend0rk (on 13 January 2021)

Well it is marketed more as a family orientated console.

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SuperNintend0rk KratosLives (on 13 January 2021)

True but it's not just for kids. There are plenty of "mature people" that own one.

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Darwinianevolution (on 11 January 2021)

That's good and all, but this looks like it's going to be very front loaded. The launch lineup is rather scarce and mostly composed of crossgen titles, and there are no big system sellers scheduled for any time soon. Cyberpunk 2077 seemed to be the title that would keep the sales going for a while, and that one turned out to be a not so stellar title. The fact the console launch has been so succesfull really puzzles me.

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Imaginedvl Darwinianevolution (on 11 January 2021)

Cyberpunk is a stellar title... Like many you are mixing up the fact that it is not optimize for old hardware with not being a good game. It is one of the best game I played in year, sucks that it ... Also, the game plays perfectly well on Xbox Series X|S and Play Station Five, so this actually a very good reason to buy the new console... I mean, you may not like the game, but other than old hardware issues, the game a lot of good reviews.
On top of that, all cross gen titles or old games works better on the new console (I think Ghost of T. is one good exemple), another reason to get the new console.

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Darwinianevolution Imaginedvl (on 11 January 2021)

But that is kind of the question. I still remember the amount of complains during the PS4/XBOne's launch about most titles coming up for the console being crossgen and/or remasters. And years later, with the launch of the next consoles, we find ourselves in the exact same situation: lack of proper next gen titles at launch and during the first year. And they keep breaking record numbers. The new XBox has the exact same problem as well, and it's still selling quite well. How can we find ourselves in a situation when there's an apparent lack of console sellers and the consoles keep selling otherwise? Why are people rushing to get the new machines when the ones they have can play most games coming out anyway, why not wait (especially when the lack of stock is making getting one a headache)? At some point the public is going to notice the lack of pressure to update, and the sales will slow down, if they haven't already.

As for Cyberpunk... yeah, fair enough, but still, the amount of controversy and bad will around the title is going to cut into its sales, and that will stop it from being a decent system seller.

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Imaginedvl Darwinianevolution (on 11 January 2021)

yah I agree with the "front loaded" part :) Was just talking about Cyberpunk and in general why they are reason for people to want it!

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kazuyamishima Darwinianevolution (on 11 January 2021)

Yep, it’s doomed already!!

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Someone doesn't remember 2014.

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Rather scarce? Demons' Souls, Miles Morales, Sackboy, and soon Ratchet. Add in HZD2, and GoW2 for the 2nd half of 2021, and you've got a launch lineup that rivals Switch's 2017.

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Azzanation Darwinianevolution (on 11 January 2021)

@Darwin, Ill get downvoted for this, but think about it, Both PS5 and Series X sold out instantly with basically nothing to play and Software sales are down or unmentioned. You wonder why system sales are record breaking while software sales are MIA? Well its a word many want to deny, its called Scalpers. Cant sell software if consumers don't have the systems.

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Replicant Darwinianevolution (on 12 January 2021)

"PS5 is front loaded" is the new "Switch will fall off a cliff" :D

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kazuyamishima Darwinianevolution (on 12 January 2021)

To all the ones asking about software sales, you know that PS5 can play PS4 games right?

Will see about software sales when Sony drop they usual quarter report.

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Random_Matt (on 11 January 2021)
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