Sony Interactive Entertainment has officially announced that PS5 sold the most number of units than any preceding PlayStation console at launch.
Sony has not provided any official sales numbers at the time of writing to back that claim. It also remains to be verified if the milestone covers only major regions like the United States or worldwide.
In either case, PS5 was already speculated to have sold more units than PS4 at launch which was roughly around 2 million units sold during the first two weeks back in 2013, half of which were sold on the first day of launch.
We want to thank gamers everywhere for making the PS5 launch our biggest console launch ever. Demand for PS5 is unprecedented, so we wanted to confirm that more PS5 inventory will be coming to retailers before the end of the year – please stay in touch with your local retailers.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) November 25, 2020
PS5 sales reportedly stand between 2.1 million to 2.5 million units sold worldwide within the first two days of launch. The standard disc version being more popular than the all-digital version, selling around 7 standard units for every 3 digital units. These however are just estimates from third-party sources.
Sony expects PS5 to sell more than 7.6 million units in the first year alone and more than 100 million units in the long term. The latter milestone is expected to be achieved faster than PS4 which took nearly six years after launching back in 2013. Confirming the biggest PlayStation console launch in history surely boosts those sales forecasts.
PS5 and its all-digital edition are now available for purchase worldwide at $500 and $400 respectively. The only difference being the absence of a disc drive in the latter. The prices are of course retail unless ongoing supply shortages force consumers to look into scalpers who are already selling the new consoles for over $1,000.