PlayStation 5 & Xbox Series X: Sony names sales figures, Microsoft names growth rates

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PlayStation 5 & Xbox Series X: Sony names sales figures, Microsoft names growth rates

In the recently published quarterly figures, Sony again names specific sales figures for the PlayStation 5, not only for the last quarter, but also since the console was released in November last year. Microsoft is again buttoned up and prefers to talk about growth rates than concrete sales figures.

The PlayStation 5 has become according to quarterly report (PDF) In the last quarter, which ended on September 30th, 3.3 million copies were sold, resulting in a turnover of around 1.2 billion euros. The total number of PlayStation 5s sold since publication has risen to 13.4 million devices – poor availability still prevents higher sales volumes, but this also applies to Microsoft’s Xbox Series X.

Xbox hardware grows 166 percent

Microsoft has only announced that sales with the Xbox series could increase by 166 percent compared to the same period last year, but still does not give any specific sales figures for the new consoles. Unlike the Xbox Series X, the Xbox Series S is now readily available.

Only 200,000 PS4 sold

The PlayStation 4, however, hardly plays a role anymore. They only account for around 200,000 copies sold – in the quarter a year ago and thus before the PlayStation 5, it was 1.5 million.

Games and additional content drive sales

Sony was able to convert almost 2.6 billion euros with software in the past quarter, which is significantly more than with hardware. Only a little over 213 million euros come from physical games that are traditionally purchased in stores. Almost 1 billion euros are accounted for by digitally acquired games and 1.4 billion euros come from additional content such as DLCs or in-game purchases.

A total of 76.4 million video games for the PlayStation 4 and 5 were purchased in the last quarter, of which only 7.6 million came directly from Sony. 68.8 million copies are thus allotted to third-party games.

Sony also names 47.2 million subscribers for PlayStation Plus in the last quarter, which is 400,000 fewer than at the all-time high in autumn 2020. In total, there are currently 104 million active users of a PlayStation or the PlayStation Network.

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