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PS5 Ships 13.4 Million Units as of September 30, PS4 Ships 116.6 Million

PS5 Ships 13.4 Million Units as of September 30, PS4 Ships 116.6 Million - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 28 October 2021 / 3,073 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment in its financial results announced it has shipped 13.4 million PlayStation 5 consoles as of September 30, 2021.

For reference, the PlayStation 4 had shipped 13.8 million units as of September 30, 2014. This puts the PS5 behind shipped PS4 units by 400,000.

With 13.4 million PlayStation 5 consoles shipped through the end of September 2021 that means 3.3 million units were shipped from July to September. Demand for the console is still well above what Sony is able to supply.

Sony shipped 0.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles for the quarter, which is down from 1.5 million for the same quarter a year ago. Lifetime PlayStation 4 shipments are currently at 116.6 million units.

There were a total of 76.4 million games sold on the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 for the quarter. This is down 5.4 million from 81.8 million during the same period a year earlier. Digital sales accounted for 62 percent of software sales.

There were 7.6 million first-party games sold across the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. This is down 5.2 million from 12.8 million first-party games sold a year ago. 

The number of PlayStation Plus subscribers is now at 47.2 million, which is up 1.3 million from 45.9 million from the same quarter a year ago. There are 104 million monthly active users.

Sony's Game & Network Services Segment for the quarter ending September 30, 2021, reported revenue increased 27 percent year-over-year to 645.5 billion yen ($5.68 billion), while operating income dropped 22 percent to 82.7 billion yen ($0.73 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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25 Comments
thevideogameninja (on 28 October 2021)

Whoaa! Sony just crushing it!

These numbers are truly impressive when you consider that we are still in the midst of a chip shortage crisis effecting next gen consoles.

The fact that Sony is able to pull in these numbers when even just finding a PS5 somewhere is next to impossible speaks volumes about how well the PS5 will probably end up being in the long run. Makes you wonder what the numbers would have been if the pandemic/chip shortages didn't happen.



-MOVIN' ON UP THE CHARTS NINJA APPROVED-

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scrapking thevideogameninja (on 30 October 2021)

Is it just my imagination, or is that drop-off in last-gen system sales steeper than what we've seen in past generations?

If so, I wonder if that can be attributed to supply constraints in the older systems? Just as the new systems are supply constrained, I imagine the Xbox One and PS4 are too.

Also, it might partly be backwards compatibility. Given the PS4 had no PS3 backwards compatibility, buying a PS3 (especially as they got cheaper) after the PS4 launch might have held more value to people than buying a PS4 after the PS5 launch. Ditto the Xbox 360 after the Xbox One launch, as the One wasn't fully backwards compatible with the 360.

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UteGuy scrapking (on 30 October 2021)

I would think it is like you said with supply constraints and backwards compatibility.
Since Sony is keeping their original projection for Q1 next year I am guessing they think they will have bit larger supply they need to meet it going into next year.

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javi741 (on 28 October 2021)

Solid quarter for PS5 which is expected for PS consoles at this point. In terms of lifetime shipments the PS5 just BARELY fell short of the PS4 during the same time period where the PS4 sold 100k more lifetime at the same point. However, the PS4 got to that number being readily available while the PS5 is still failing to meet demand despite only selling 100k less which is a great sign for Sony.

Also damn the PS4 is dead and buried at this point, it won't hit 120 Million like people originally forecast and now has a good possibility of falling short of the Gameboy in sales. The PS4 was looking already very slow before this report but now after this report this pretty much confirms that the PS4 is pretty much done as sales will hover around 117M lifetime.

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victor83fernandes javi741 (on 28 October 2021)

PS4 will easily hit 120 no questions about it, Christmas is coming with no ps5 for sale, and ps4 still hasn't had a major price drop.

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Kakadu18 victor83fernandes (on 28 October 2021)

You don't seriously expect it to get another
price cut. They have practically completely stopped production of the PS4 at this point.

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Kakadu18 (on 28 October 2021)

Very strong quarter. PS4 though died even faster than I thought it would.

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2zosteven (on 28 October 2021)

Amazing numbers with supply shortage. Also great for Microsoft with good numbers, both systems with amazing games coming

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Fight-the-Streets (on 28 October 2021)

So VGChartz has overtracked the PS4.

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NextGen_Gamer Fight-the-Streets (on 28 October 2021)

Do you mean undertracked? VG Chartz has it at just under 13 million sold as of Oct 16. Sony had shipped 13.4 million as of Sep 30. Since every unit shipped is immediately sold once it does reach a store, it's probable that by Oct 16 all of those 13.4 million were already gone.

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kenjab NextGen_Gamer (on 28 October 2021)

He said PS4, not PS5

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NextGen_Gamer kenjab (on 28 October 2021)

Oh crap you're right hahaha

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siebensus4 (on 29 October 2021)

Hardware numbers look fine, software numbers look absolutely awful. Operating income dropped. Looks like scalpers are a problem. Everyone wants and buys the console, but barely someone is playing games.

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sboy11es (on 29 October 2021)

they are lying in the number of ps5 sold

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JuliusHackebeil (on 28 October 2021)
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