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Fortunately, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida confirmed in a recent Sony Group shareholder meeting (thanks, ResetEra) that the company will be ramping up the supply of PS5 units in the next fiscal year, and predicts they'll be shifting over 22.6 million units per year. For context, hitting this number would ensure that PS5 sales reach becomes the largest in the history of PlayStation.
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Sony's current record in this regard is actually with the original PlayStation. While the PlayStation 2 is Sony's best-selling console over all (and the best-selling home console of all time), it was the OG PlayStation that hit a peak annual sales count of roughly 22.6 million units back in the day. If the PS5 can meet or exceed that, it's happy times for Sony.
This news comes just days after it was revealed that Sony has already sold an impressive nine million PS5 units since launching last November. The new-gen console is already closing in on the total lifetime sales of the SEGA Dreamcast and SEGA Saturn, which managed 9.13 million and 9.26 million units respectively.
It probably won't be too long before the PS5 zips past the Nintendo Wii U, which sold a modest 13.56 million units. Still, it's worth noting that Sony still has to reckon with the ongoing severe semiconductor shortage if it wants to hit such impressive heights with its latest console.
"There is a new level of demand that can't be kept up with, everyone is in crisis and it is getting worse," explained analyst Neil Campling. The issue, compounded by the COVID-19 crisis, has impacted a number of industries in a big way. Here's hoping Sony can do what it intends to and ramp up production to ensure everyone who wants a PS5 can grab one.
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