Sony has announced that the PlayStation 5 has reached the milestone of 50 million units sold. It has achieved this milestone in just three years of its life cycle.
Since the console’s launch in November 2020, 50 million consoles have been purchased as of December 9, 2023. Press release. In July, Sony announced that the PS5 has sold 40 million units, which means roughly 10 million more consoles have been sold in the past 4 to 5 months.
The holiday season is likely to be a big contributor to this bump. In addition, the October release of the much-anticipated PS5 exclusive Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (now the fastest-selling PS Studios game) undoubtedly prompted players to pick up the console.
The milestone is a great way to cap off a busy 2023 for Sony. It launched new hardware with the PlayStation VR2, PlayStation Portal and a slightly redesigned PS5. It boasted marquee third-party exclusives like Final Fantasy XVI and was the sole console home of the critically acclaimed Baldur’s Gate 3 for a few months.
It will be interesting to see how the console’s momentum rates in 2024. So far, Sony’s first-party output includes The Last of Us Part II remake, which arrives in January. Announced third party exclusives include Final Fantasy VII Rebirth (GI’s latest cover story) in February and Team Ninja’s Rise of the Ronin in March. We’re curious to see what else Sony has up its sleeve as next year progresses.