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PS5 Ships 4.5 Million Units as of December 31, Lifetime PS4 Shipments Reach 115.1 Million

PS5 Ships 4.5 Million Units as of December 31, Lifetime PS4 Shipments Reach 115.1 Million - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 April 2021 / 4,461 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment announced it has shipped 4.5 million PlayStation 5 consoles as of December 31, 2020. For reference, the PlayStation 4 also shipped 4.5 million units in its first quarter in 2013. 

Sony only shipped 1.4 million PlayStation 4 consoles for the holiday quarter, which is down from six million for the same quarter a year ago. Lifetime PlayStation 4 shipments are currently at 115.1 million units. 

There were a total of 103.7 million games sold on the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. This is up 20.4 million from 83.3 million. 

There were 18.4 million first-party games sold across the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 for the quarter ending December 31. This is up 2.1 million from 16.3 million first-party games sold during the same period a year earlier. 

PS5 Ships 4.5 Million Units as of December 31, Lifetime PS4 Shipments Reach 115.1 Million

53 percent of the games sold on the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 were full game digital downloads, which is up from 50 percent the year prior. 

The number of PlayStation Plus subscribers is now up to 47.4 million, which is up 8.6 million from 38.8 million from the same quarter a year ago. 

Sony's Game & Network Services Segment for the quarter ending December 31, reported revenue increased 40 percent year-over-year to 883.2 billion yen ($8.43 billion), while operating income grew 50 percent to 80.2 billion yen ($767 million).

Sony has confirmed they are selling the PlayStation 5 at a loss. 


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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12 Comments
Xeon (on 03 February 2021)

Crazy good numbers. Supply constraints held it back. I know quite a few people that are still searching for a PS5. My brother bit the bullet and got one from a scalper.

That $8.4 billion in revenue is the best in any quarter for any platform holder and there are 114 MAU across PSN.

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trunkswd Xeon (on 03 February 2021)

If they shipped double it would have sold double. Same with Xbox. Sony and MS are working as hard as they can to manufacture, but parts are supply constrained.

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Tridrakious (on 03 February 2021)

So almost 5 million units in a month and a half. Not bad.

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imparanoic (on 03 February 2021)

wonder if there is a third iteration cheaper ps4 super slim, with less hdd, simple flip lid mechanism to be released this year, imagine a sub US$200 or even US$150 ps4 super slim.

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OneTime imparanoic (on 04 February 2021)

It might be tricky to try to sell that... Once the PS5 is not completely out of stock, Ebay will be flooded with second-hand PS4s.

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Qwark (on 03 February 2021)

The PS5 is still on track to follow in its predecessor is footsteps. So its doing absolutely fine. Now they need to release a steady amount of games. Because they need to keep the momentum going. Ratchet and Clank could be next big hit.

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DaAndy (on 03 February 2021)

So thats ~6.2 million PS4 shipped in 2020. (108.9 Million Dec 2019 to 115.1 Million Dec 2020).

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Signalstar (on 03 February 2021)

The collapse in PS4 shipment is puzzling. Was it an issue of manufacturing capacity?

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Astral Signalstar (on 03 February 2021)

PS4 price is simply too high for what it is. I think Sony care more about offsetting PS5 hardware loss than expanding the PS4 userbase.

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Real (on 03 February 2021)

This is the same amount of PS4 shipment when it launched (2013) so PS5 isn't doing better than ps4

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xl-klaudkil Real (on 03 February 2021)

If the ps5 sells like the ps4 and makes soo much damn money, that would be a dream for every company

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Real xl-klaudkil (on 03 February 2021)

Ps5 has many many competition than PS4 ever had look at big AAA line up for Xbox and there's even going to be a switch 2

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