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Sony: Nearly 30% of PS5 Monthly Active Users Never Used a PS4

Sony: Nearly 30% of PS5 Monthly Active Users Never Used a PS4 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 February 2023 / 2,864 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment announced nearly 30 percent of PlayStation 5 monthly active users never used a PlayStation 5.

"In addition, nearly 30% of PS5ʼs MAUs are users who never used PS4, so, with the spread of PS5, the acquisition of new users is progressing," reads Sony's "Q3 FY2022 Consolidated Financial Results" report.

The number of monthly active PS5 users also increased by around 30 percent in December.

"Due to the penetration of PS5, the percentage of PS5 users in the number of monthly active users (“MAU”) in December increased to about 30%," reads Sony's report.

Sony: Nearly 30% of PS5 Monthly Active Users Never Used a PS4

Sony this week announced it shipped 7.1 million PlayStation 5 consoles in the quarter ending December 31, 2022 to bring lifetime shipment totals to 32.1 million units.

To compare, the PlayStation 4 had shipped 8.4 million units in the same quarter for a lifetime total of 37.7 million units shipped as of December 31, 2015. This puts the PS5 behind shipped PS4 units by 5.6 million units.

PlayStation had originally forecasted it would ship 18 million PS5 consoles for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023. However, it has since increased the forecast by one million to 19 million. In order for Sony to reach its forecast for the PS5, it will need to hit a target of 6.2 million units from January to March 2023.

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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OneTime (on 03 February 2023)

I think they mean 30% of accounts linked to PS5s were never linked to PS4s. They don’t actually know if those users had PS4s before…

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badskywalker OneTime (on 03 February 2023)

This feels like the only way they would know

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CosmicSex OneTime (on 04 February 2023)

This means that's there were 10 million users on PS5 that weren't on PS4.

Sony said " due to the penetration of PS5, the percentage of PS5 users in the number of monthly active users in December increased to about 30% "

Sony also stated " in addition, nearly 30% of PS5s monthly active users are users who never use PS4 "

The number of monthly active users in December was 112 million.

So 30% of 30% of 112 million.

If this translated to console sales it would be an insane 33% growth over PS4. It would also explain some of Sony's more unbelievable predictions like 19 million units shipped in FY 22,

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shikamaru317 (on 03 February 2023)

This will definitely be a generation of console market growth. We have Sony stating that nearly 30% of monthly active PS5 owners didn't own PS4, while Xbox says that nearly 50% of Series S owners didn't own an OG Xbox/360/Xbox One since these Series S units are being registered with brand new Gamertags. With so many new to console gamers coming into the market, and less and less older gamers quitting gaming as a passtime or dying (since most gamers aren't at typical death ages yet since gaming has only really been a thing since the early 80's), the rate of new gamers coming into the market should be well over the rate of gamers leaving the market, we should be well over the rate of gaming population replacement.

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DonFerrari shikamaru317 (on 06 February 2023)

Couple that with Switch doing quite well then we may see the biggest gen so far in total sales number.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 03 February 2023)

Console gaming will never die!

Lez go!

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Pajderman (on 06 February 2023)

I'm one of of the players who never owned a PS4 but now have a PS5. Did not want to buy a system without HD Blu-Ray capabilities. So far I have used it mostly to catch up on PS4 games I never played.

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Farsala (on 03 February 2023)

I remember when I bought a PS4. I played my PS3 quite a bit, but my account was shared with my brother, because he was greedy for the trophies. Suffice it to say that I made a brand new account for PS4, thus I was a user that never played on PS3 according to Sony.

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DonFerrari Farsala (on 06 February 2023)

Not really it, but even if it was that would be a very small subset of users and your experience anedoctal.

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VAMatt (on 04 February 2023)

I'd be interested to know what the average is for this in each new generation. Without that, it's hard to know whether this number is impressive or not.

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Kristof81 (on 04 February 2023)

and how many of them just created new psn account, not realising that you can use the same one on both?

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VAMatt Kristof81 (on 04 February 2023)

Certainly more than zero, probably not many though. Then there will be people that forgot their login info. There are probably a lot of those. In any case, without any context around this number, it doesn't mean very much.

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