Sony says PS5 sales top 10 million as demand surges

More than 10 million PS5 consoles have been snapped up around the world since they hit the market in November, according to Sony's gaming unit. ― AFP pic via ETX Studio
More than 10 million PS5 consoles have been snapped up around the world since they hit the market in November, according to Sony's gaming unit. ― AFP pic via ETX Studio

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TOKYO, July 29 ― Sony Interactive Entertainment yesterday said that PlayStation 5 has become the company's hottest selling video game console, with demand outpacing supply.

More than 10 million PS5 consoles have been snapped up around the world since they hit the market in November, according to Sony's gaming unit.

“While PS5 has reached more households faster than any of our previous consoles, we still have a lot of work ahead of us as demand for PS5 continues to outstrip supply,” SIE chief Jim Ryan said in a release.

“I want gamers to know that while we continue to face unique challenges throughout the world that affect our industry and many others, improving inventory levels remains a top priority for SIE.”

A computer chip shortage has hobbled production of a wide range of goods, from cars to computers.

Meanwhile, the video game industry has seen booming growth during the pandemic as people turn to the internet for entertainment given limits to real-world activities.

Spending on video games in the United States reached US$28.9 billion (RM122.14 billion) in the first half of this year, an increase of 15 per cent from the same period in 2020, according to industry tracker NPD Group.

 The amount of money spent on video game hardware in the US in June alone more than double from the same month a year earlier to US$401 million, NPD reported.

“PlayStation 5 remains the fastest unit selling console hardware platform in US history,” NPD said. ― AFP

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