Last week, Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan told Russian press that “everything” — all of its PlayStation 5 consoles — had been sold. However, Sony announced on Wednesday that it’ll refresh its console inventory in the next couple months, after seeing “unprecedented” demand for the console.
“We want to thank gamers everywhere for making the PS5 launch our biggest console launch ever,” Sony tweeted from its PlayStation Twitter account. “Demand for the 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.”
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
Sony has not released sales numbers for the PlayStation 5 console, so there is little context for how big, exactly, this launch is compared to others. In 2013, former Sony president Andrew House said more than 2.1 million PlayStation 4 consoles were sold in the first two weeks since launch.
Microsoft, Sony’s competitor with the Xbox Series X, has also made similar statements, calling the November 2020 release day “the biggest launch in Xbox history.” Back in 2013, Microsoft said it sold more than 1 million Xbox One consoles on launch day.
Despite a lack of numbers for this year’s release, it’s clear that demand is high. Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X have been challenging to find — with consoles sold out on retailer websites in what seems like seconds. Whether this is because of an increased number of scalpers or actual customer demand, it’s not easy to snag a new console.
Sony has not provided detailed information on when and where the next wave of PlayStation 5 consoles will become available. On the Xbox side of things, Microsoft chief financial officer Tim Stuart said earlier in November that its console shortage could last until April.