Sony shipped 4.5 million PlayStation 5 in 2020, consoles are being sold at a loss

Published: 3rd Feb 2021, 09:38 GMT   Comments

Sony ships 3x more PS5 consoles than PS4

Sony has shipped 4.5 million PS5 consoles between October to December last year. This is 3.2x more than PS4 consoles at the same time. The older console sees a 77% decrease in shipment compared to the previous year. 

The company confirmed that PlayStation 5 is sold at a loss, which is “resulting from strategic price points for PS5 hardware that were set lower than manufacturing costs.” It also noted that it is still on track to meet its goal of 7.6 million PS5 sales by the end of March 2021.

PlayStation 5 vs PlayStation 4 YtY sales, Source: Sony

In software, Sony has noticed an increase to 103.7 million game units sold, which is an increase from 83.3 million in the same quarter in 2019. From that number, 18.4 million units were sold by Sony directly (first-party titles).

Microsoft did not disclose the number of sold units during its earnings report. The company reported that hardware revenue was up 86% year on year though.

Next-Generation Gaming Consoles
VideoCardz.comSony PlayStation 5Sony Play Station 5 DigitalXbox Series XXbox Series S
Picture
CPU
 
3.5 GHz
 
3.5 GHz
 
3.8GHz (3.6GHz SMT)
 
3.6GHz (3.4GHz SMT)
GPU
 
AMD RDNA2 36 CUs
 
AMD RDNA2 36 CUs
 
AMD RDNA2 52 CUs
 
AMD RDNA2 20 CUs
GPU Clock
 
2.23 GHz
 
2.23 GHz
 
1.83 GHz
 
1.57 GHz
GPU Power
 
10.28 TFLOPS
 
10.28 TFLOPS
 
12.15 TFLOPS
 
4 TFLOPS
Memory
 
16GB GDDR6
 
16GB GDDR6
 
16GB GDDR6
 
10GB GDDR6
Max. Bandwidth
 
448 GB/s
 
448 GB/s
 
560 GB/s
 
224 GB/s
Built-in Storage
 
825GB Custom SSD
 
825GB Custom SSD
 
1TB PCie Gen 4 NVME SSD
 
512GB PCie Gen 4 NVME SSD
Storage Speed (Raw)
 
5.5 GB/s
 
5.5 GB/s
 
2.4 GB/s
 
2.4 GB/s
Expansion CardNVMe SSD SlotNVMe SSD Slot1TB card1TB card
Media Support4K UHD Blu-rayDigital only4K UHD Blu-rayDigital only
Performance Target4K @ 60fps, up to 120fps4K @ 60fps, up to 120fps4K @ 60fps, up to 120fps1440p @ 60fps, up to 120fps
Display ConnectorsHDMI 2.1HDMI 2.1HDMI 2.1HDMI 2.1
MSRP
 
$499
 
$399
 
$499
 
$299
Release DateNovember 12/19November 12/19November 10November 10

Source: Sony via The Verge




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