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Sony seems pretty damn confident about the PlayStation 5's chances when it launches in just a few weeks. The company is so sure of itself, in fact, that it reckons the next-gen console has what it takes to beat the PlayStation 4's own incredible launch sales.
In a recent interview with Korean publication Naver (thanks, Eurogamer) PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said that Sony is projecting that the PS5 will have a stronger launch than its predecessor, which shifted an impressive 7 million units by the end of its first financial year.
"We think the PS5 will sell more in its first fiscal year than we sold in the first fiscal year at the time of PS4 launch," Ryan said.
The PS4 launched back in November 2013, where it accumulated 7 million worldwide sales in just four months. The PS5 will launch this November, and have the same amount of time to do as well or better. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and all the job losses and crashing economies that have come as a result, you might have forgiven Sony for lowering its expectations a touch with the PS5. I guess not.
There's also the potential issue of stock shortages to contend with, as there have been plenty of reports over the last few weeks about how some retailers would be unable to fulfill every pre-order. Multiple customers at GameStop in Ireland have been notified that they'll have to wait until 2021 to get their console. In the UK, ShopTo customers have had word that their orders won't be fulfilled on day one, while a number of Amazon shoppers also received similar messages.
Sony previously apologised for a confusing and messy pre-order period, and promised that there would be plenty more PlayStation 5 consoles to go around in the lead up to and after launch. Whether or not this ends up being the case remains to be seen - 2020 is an unpredictable monster of a year, after all.
Let's be honest: PS5 preorders could have been a lot smoother. We truly apologize for that.- PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 19, 2020
Over the next few days, we will release more PS5 consoles for preorder - retailers will share more details.
And more PS5s will be available through the end of the year. pic.twitter.com/h1TaGsGBun
The PlayStation 5 launches in the UK on November 19th, so we'll just have to wait and see whether or not it really can topple the PlayStation 4.
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