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PS5 Ships 7.8 Million Units as of March 31, PS4 Ships 115.9 Million

PS5 Ships 7.8 Million Units as of March 31, PS4 Ships 115.9 Million - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 May 2021 / 3,014 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment in its financial results announced it has shipped 7.8 million PlayStation 5 consoles as of March 31, 2021. For reference, the PlayStation 4 had shipped 7.6 million units as of March 31, 2014. This puts the PS5 ahead of the PS4 by 200,000 units. 

With 4.5 million PlayStation 5 consoles shipped through the end of 2020 that means 3.3 million units were shipped from January to March. As was the case in the previous quarter, demand is still way more than Sony is able to supply. 

Sony shipped one million PlayStation 4 consoles for the quarter ending March 31, 2021, which is down from 1,4 million for the same quarter a year ago. Lifetime PlayStation 4 shipments are currently at 115.9 million units. 

There were a total of 61.4 million games sold on the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 for the quarter. This is down 3.9 million from 65.3 million during the same period a year earlier. 

There were 7.9 million first-party games sold across the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. This is down 1.3 million from 9.2 million first-party games sold a year ago. 

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

The number of PlayStation Plus subscribers is now up to 47.6 million, which is up 6.1 million from 41.5 million from the same quarter a year ago. 

Sony's Game & Network Services Segment for the quarter ending March 31, reported revenue increased 3.7 percent year-over-year to 660.3 billion yen ($5.05 billion), while operating income grew 7.5 percent to 33.0 billion yen ($0.30 billion).

Sony's Game & Network Services Segment for the entire fiscal year ending March 31, reported revenue decreased 15.1 percent year-over-year to 2,656.3 billion yen ($24.39 billion), while operating income grew 15.3 percent to 342.2 billion yen ($3.14 billion).


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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10 Comments
JRPGfan (on 28 April 2021)

They sold 338,9m games this FY no? seems fine, for a years sales.

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No_Name_Needed (on 29 April 2021)

And not a single one of these PS5 consoles has made its way to my home, sadly.

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AFattyGamer (on 28 April 2021)

Sony's new champion is here. Thank you VGChartz for this article. Sony accounts PS5 sales for their fiscal year ending the 31st of March. I believe VGChartz had PS5 sales at about 7.3 million for April the 10th on their global charts. No doubt PS5 has sold well over 8 million at this point. Sony's old champion PS4 is a tad under tracked as well. Healthy numbers all around :')

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trunkswd AFattyGamer (on 28 April 2021)

We adjusted up our PS5 estimates. Hard to say with PS4 if we are undertracked as the gap is only like 600,000. If we are it wouldn't be by that much.

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AFattyGamer trunkswd (on 28 April 2021)

Thank you for adjusting the PS5 sale estimates. Accuracy is your specialty my man. I would imagine tracking PS4 current sales could be tricky as VGChartz tracks units sold to you consumers, correct? Not just shipped right?

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trunkswd AFattyGamer (on 28 April 2021)

Correct. Sony's figures are shipped, while we track sold to consumers. So there is always a gap between the two, unless the console is off the market and the remaining units are all sold.

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AFattyGamer trunkswd (on 28 April 2021)

Ahh ok I see, thank you. That makes sense on why there's a gap between company shipments and VGChartz estimates. Looking forward to future PS5 and PS4 sale comparisons, along with Switch, Series X, and PS5 comparisons. Keep it up boss!

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mjk45 trunkswd (on 28 April 2021)

I remember Sony's figures were changed too sell through rather than shipped has there been another change.?

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tripenfall (on 29 April 2021)

Very impressive for a console with no games!

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icykai (on 29 April 2021)

How come the combine software sales of Ps4 and Ps5 is less than the Ps4 in Q4 2018 and 2019?

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