PS5 Production Estimates Tease Sony’s Best-Selling Console Ever

July 27, 2020 2:20 PM UTC
The ambitious aim of shipping 170 million units within five years could see the PS5 become Sony's best selling console ever.
  • Sony is reportedly aiming to ship between 120 and 170 million PS5 units within five years.
  • These figures, if attained, would position the PS5 as Sony’s best selling console ever.
  • Sony has sold 155 million PS2 units and 110 million PS4 units to date.

Sony has ambitious aims for the next-gen PS5 that could see it become the company’s best selling console ever.

According to a new report published by DigitTimes, the Japanese gaming giant is targeting 120 million units shipped in the next five years. DigiTimes cites sources in Sony’s back-end supply chain in Taiwan, who refer to those numbers as an estimate of the production capacity for the upcoming PS5.

The report states that Sony plans to significantly shorten the console’s life-cycle from the historical six-seven years to a comparatively brief five years. Within that five-year cycle, Sony’s production capacity could push between 120 to 170 million units.

Estimates point to 120-170 million PS5 units sold within five years. | Source: PlayStation

Sony’s current PS4 console has sold over 110 million units as of March this year, positioning it as the company’s second best selling console, trailing the PS2, which sold 155 million units as of March 2012. Should Sony convert the full shipment of 170 million to sales, the PS5 will far outmatch the widely successful PS2.

Sony Ramps Up PS5 Production

While it’s worth noting that these figures come from third-party supplier, recent news that Sony is ramping up 2020 production of the PS5 to 10 million units in response to expected demand heightened by the pandemic suggests Sony is confident about the success of the console.

Such figures warrant a competitive price tag, implying that Sony may reveal a price point on the lower end of the $400-$600 range rumored to date.

The report also offered insight into the current state of production, explaining that Sony is already receiving deliveries of the TSMC forge-fabricated AMD system-on-a-chip. Shipments of peripheral chipsets are set to peak in Q3 this year as we approach the launch of the PS5 during the holiday period.

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