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Sony Wants PS5 to Break Its Annual Console Sales Record With Over 22.6 Million Units Shipped in FY2022

Sony Wants PS5 to Break Its Annual Console Sales Record With Over 22.6 Million Units Shipped in FY2022 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 July 2021 / 2,670 Views

Sony wants to break a PlayStation sales record that was set over 20 years ago by the original PlayStation when the company shipped 22.6 million units of the console in the 1998 fiscal year. 

Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said the company wants to ship over 22.6 million PlayStation 5 consoles in the 2022 fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023, according to Japanese news agency JIJI.

The PlayStation 2, despite being the best-selling console of all time, reached a peak of 22.0 million units shipped in the 2002 fiscal year. The PlayStation 3's best year saw 14.4 million units shipped in the 2010 fiscal year, while the PlayStation 4 saw a peak year of 20.0 million units shipped in the 2016 fiscal year. 

Sony Wants PS5 to Break Its Annual Console Sales Record With Over 22.6 Million Units

Sony is hoping to ship over 14.8 million PlayStation 5 consoles in the current fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2022. That would put the PS5 ahead of the PS4 after the same amount of time on the market. Sony could struggle to beat this as their continues to be supply shortages.

Sony shipped 4.5 million PS5 consoles as of December 31, 2020. This is the same number of PS4 consoles that were shipped in 2013. 

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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G2ThaUNiT (on 22 June 2021)

Sony can definitely do it if they're able to get the manufacturing by then! They must have really high hopes for the games that they'll have announced by then.

2022-2023 will be an insane time for both Sony and Xbox, especially Xbox, since their first parties will be cranking out games by then! It'll be very interesting to see the results. Nintendo may even have new hardware out themselves by then. All gamers will win!

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KratosLives G2ThaUNiT (on 22 June 2021)

Whats coming out besides forza and starfield that is huge?

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G2ThaUNiT KratosLives (on 22 June 2021)

For Xbox, Halo Infinite, Psychonauts 2, and Age of Empires 4 this year, but by around that time, that we know of, Avowed, Outer Worlds 2, Perfect Dark, Fable, Redfall, Hellblade 2, Everwild, State of Decay 3, and Forza Motorsport 8. Bethesda hasn’t really announced much else besides Indiana Jones but whatever Bethesda announces as well.

I don’t know how many of these you would consider as huge, but they are being released as Xbox first party games on a regular basis.

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Trentonater Bandorr (on 22 June 2021)

Age of Empires 4 is PC only yes

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G2ThaUNiT Bandorr (on 23 June 2021)

Sorry, I was talking about all the games that are being published by Xbox and are considered first party. I was unaware of Everwild's reboot. Oh well lol

I'm not sure why they won't bring AoE to Xbox. Halo Wars worked pretty well and many games already support mouse n keyboard.

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KratosLives G2ThaUNiT (on 23 June 2021)

i meant for next year, as you mentioned it will be a big year next year for xbox.

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G2ThaUNiT KratosLives (on 23 June 2021)

I was referring to that same 2022-2023 fiscal year the story is referring to as most of these games will be releasing by that time.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 22 June 2021)

Manufacture more and u can do it,
If items stocks and parts are low sad to say it's impossibru

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ironmanDX LivncA_Dis3 (on 22 June 2021)


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HigHurtenflurst (on 22 June 2021)

Looks like the demand is there at the moment if they can make them.
For reference this is what PS4 did:
FY1 = 7.5m (only 5 months)
FY2 = 14.8m
FY3 = 17.7m
FY4 = 20.0m
FY5 = 19.0m
FY6 = 17.8m
FY7 = 13.4m
FY8 = 5.8m

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hunter_alien (on 22 June 2021)

This year they could have pushed 25 million units if they would have managed to manufacture them IMO. If they have the lineup and available system, I don't see why that record could not be broken.

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billyboy hunter_alien (on 22 June 2021)

nah I think the chip shortage actually helped the numbers. Everyone who wants a PS5 is already on high alert to get one since they are afraid scalpers are going to pick them up. Scalpers know they can still sell them for a break even MSRP for years to come so they don't mind getting them. And finally we have people who want a new video card but the prices are so crazy now it isn't worth it so they just get a PS5. Next year after their isn't a shortage I think many people will just wait for the game they want or grab a higher preforming video card. This year and last year were just perfect storms for consoles. I love my switch and my PS4 but I know this demand isn't sustainable and doesn't show a trend in how the market will look in years to come

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siebensus4 (on 23 June 2021)

That sounds somehow possible, if they are able to manufacture that many units. But setting such a record in the second year of a console is pretty unlikely. I'd bet that they break this record in FY2023, though.

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JackHandy (on 22 June 2021)

It would be impressive at its current price, that's for sure. The PS2 was only $299.99 at launch.

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2zosteven JackHandy (on 23 June 2021)

$299 in 2000 is worth $467.42 today

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JackHandy 2zosteven (on 23 June 2021)

Yes, but when Sony shipped 22.6 million units, the PS1 was between $149.99 and $129.99. So if the PS5 could beat THAT... wow. It would really be something.

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