Sony has sold 46.6 million PS5 consoles as it readies new models for festive period

  • Sony has detailed its performance over the past three months in its latest Q2 2023 financial report.
  • On the gaming side of things, the company saw another strong quarter of PS5 sales, having sold 46.6 million to date.
  • To reach its target for the financial year, the company will be hoping that its new slimmer PS5 consoles will prove tempting.

With the end of this month being Black Friday, and the festive season shopping kicking off in earnest thereafter, Sony will be placing plenty of importance on the sale of its PS5 consoles.

The company shared its latest Q2 2023 quarterly results, noting that over 46.6 million PS5 consoles have been sold to date, marking another strong quarter of sales for the Japanese outlet.

The figures are accurate as of 30th September 2023, and it marks a 1.6 million increase in sales compared to the same period last year, no doubt boosted by the performance of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, which is the marquee exclusive title for the PS5 this year.

It’s clear that exclusive titles are a key part of the PS5 sales strategy, as its best quarter came during the release of God of War Ragnarok late last year.

Whether Sony will be able to surpass it for the 2023’s festive period remains to be seen, but joining the recently launched Spider-Man 2 are new models of slimmer PS5 console. The slimmer offerings are expected to go on sale in selected regions like the US and Japan in November, although a precise date is not mentioned as yet.

For South Africans the wait continues, as no word has been shared for our part of the world either regarding the slim PS5s. It has not cropped up for pre-order on KOODOO either, which is one of the main local outlets utilised by SA’s PlayStation distributor Gamefinity.

While South Africa is certainly PlayStation country given our history with the brand, pricing will no doubt play a huge role on whether the slimmer consoles ship upon their local arrival.

Sony needs to sell a further 16.8 million units to reach its 2023 financial year target of 25 million, so the new hardware will prove a key component to the company’s objective.


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