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According to VGChartz, November 12th saw 1.3 million to 1.6 million consoles sold across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea. Then, on November 19th, the PlayStation 5 sold somewhere between 800,000 and 900,000 units in the rest of the world, with the European countries accounting for 660,000 and 800,000 of this proportion. Altogether, that calculates to a maximum possible total of 2.5 million consoles sold at launch, which is a stunning statistic.
Compared to the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, the PlayStation 5 has actually sold double the number of consoles as its competitor. The two sold an estimated 1.2 million to 1.4 million units worldwide in its first 24 hours, and the Xbox Series X sold twice that of the Xbox Series S. Seeing as the former is the more powerful of the duo, and is in fact the most powerful console in the world, that makes sense. Furthermore, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S made their debut on the one day, November 10th. So, the reason that the PlayStation 5 outperformed the Xbox Series X is that its data is spread over two launch days.
Regardless, it is a major triumph for the company, and Sony is pretty pleased with themselves, thanking fans for their role in achieving "our biggest console launch ever." SIE CEO Jim Ryan explained how the pandemic affected their productivity in an interview with TASS, and that things weren't overly different to what they had intended. "In terms of the product and its feature set, no, absolutely not," he replied to the question of whether the nuts and bolts of the PS5 were impacted by the pandemic. "The way we took it to market might have been a bit different, but the actual product would have been the same. We might have had a few more to sell, but not very many: the guys on the production/manufacturing side have worked miracles."
Oh, and one last thing before you go: restocks of the PS5 will be arriving soon. Sony has arranged for retailers to be refreshed before the end of the year, and advise that consumers keep an eye on any announcements from their local stores.
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